Þúfa by Ólöf Nordal

  • Þúfa in Icelandic actually means a very tiny knoll, but here it is a hill.  It is an 8 meter high hill and 26 meters in diameter.
    Þúfa in Icelandic actually means a very tiny knoll, but here it is a hill. It is an 8 meter high hill and 26 meters in diameter.
Mar 7 2017

If you like to take a walk while visiting a city, we recommend the walking tour from the Reykjavík City Center to the enjoyable artwork Þúfa. Although built in 2013 the environmental art is fast becoming a landmark in the Reykjavík urban landscape.  To go to Þúfan you walk by the harbor west on to Grandi, where Reykjavík still has a lot of fishing and fish processing activity, and out to a point where the hill was built. The artwork is a result of a competition for artists in 2012 - 2013 initiated by the fish processing company Grandi in cooperation with the Faxaflóa bay harbour authorities. 

Walk the spiral path ut the hill end enjoy the view

Þúfa in Icelandic actually means a very tiny knoll, but here it is a hill.  It is an 8 meter high hill and 26 meters in diameter.  From the ground, there is a spiral path around the hill to walk up to the top.  The path is a bit narrow, and caution is needed if you meet another person going down. At the top, there is a tiny shack similar to the old shacks that Icelanders used to dry fish. If there is a strong and bad smell while walking to the top of the hill, a fish is being dried in the small shack. According to the artist, it is a place for peace and meditation in the city, at least for those who dare to “climb the mountain”. It is a reference to everything simple, old and quality of life.

Þúfa is one of many impressive sculptures and artworks in Reykjavík

Reykjavík is a city that celebrates art and encourages participate in art and creativity. There are many statues, sculptures and artwork in the city which makes it more lively and colorful.  Another path to walk is the Sculpture and Shorewalk east from the harbour, from Harpa conference center to Höfði house.