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Library of Water

Bokhloedustigur 17, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland
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Water and calmness

This library is no ordinary library. It's contains water collection from 24 different glaciers... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark
via mobile

I wasn't totally sure what to expect, but it's a place with columns of water from different... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2016
Kyle G
Haines, Alaska
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Bokhloedustigur 17, Stykkisholmur 340, Iceland
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

This library is no ordinary library. It's contains water collection from 24 different glaciers exhibited in 24 columns of glass filled with water - created by artist Roni Horn. It's absolutely serine to experience and the building containing the collection is placed on the highest...More

Thank HronnKold
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

I wasn't totally sure what to expect, but it's a place with columns of water from different glaciers and what not. Hence the name...library of water. There is literally nothing else interesting there. Skip it.

4  Thank Kyle G
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Difficult to describe, should definitely be experienced. This is the former library in Stykkisholmer, and now it's the setting for one of the more fascinating art installations I've ever seen, we had the place all to ourselves and it was a magical experience. Don't miss.

Thank msmarls
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We spent a good hour here. At first we really didn't know what to "do" but that is the beauty of this unique and beautiful place and when we finally figured that out, we made the experience our own and were so happy to have...More

Thank Kim M
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Head up to the Library of Water for an overview of the town, but unless you are into minimal or avant garde art, skip entering. We were told to remove our shoes of the full effect of 'feeling like you were stepping on moss covered...More

1  Thank Rdskolars
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The view from the hill and from inside the house over the bay is extraordinary. The fabulous imiagination of the glacial water and the library itself.

Thank valgerdur-the
Reviewed 23 February 2016

A.k.a. Vatnasafn. Got the key from Arnor Oskarsson and padded around inside (no shoes allowed) for 15 or 20 min. The views of the picturesque little village are worth almost as much as the water tubes themselves, which aside from some settled sediment and slight...More

Thank cr2630
Reviewed 13 September 2015

The Library of Water contains a number of purposefully arranged columns, each containing water melted from a different glacier in Iceland. With global warming in mind, the library serves as a last repository of Iceland's glacial heritage before one by one, the country's glaciers become...More

Thank Alex M
Reviewed 7 September 2015

Besides great views there isn't much else. There is a room with reading material along with columns filled with water from different glaciers, not what I was expecting. Didn't want to be rude and leave immediately but definitely saw many others do so.

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 4 September 2015

and not rushed out, outstanding, good light from outside and nice to be able to take time to look from all directions, I like this sort of thing and think it is just perfect and in a perfect place.

Thank Mick J
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