Ongoing Exhibitions:

Veröld – House of Vigdís 17 January 2019 – 30 June 2019  and in the National and University Library of Iceland

When the ship Gustav Klimt arrived in Ísafjörður in August 1925, it drew a lot of attention as there were more than a hundred people on board.  It was not unusual for a ship to come into the harbour, of course, but on this occasion it was bearing guests rarely seen, even though they were neighbours, for in addition to the Danish crew, the eighty-nine passengers were Greenlanders. Most of them were from East Greenland, more specifically from the region around Ammassalik, while a further dozen or so were from West Greenland.

This first visit by Greenlanders to Iceland and first encounter between the two nations was covered in detail in Icelandic newspapers, and has often been recalled since. It played a major role in increasing understanding between the two nations.

The Exhibition will be in the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages and in the National and University Library of Iceland, from 17 January until 30 June 2019.

Exhibition Opening is in Veröld – House of Vigdís, Thursday 17 January 2019 at 4 pm. All are welcome.

The exhibition is on the main floor in Veröld – House of Vigdís and is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays.


Previous Exhibitions:

1 December 2018 –  2 February 2019

2014 saw the new Danish translation of the complete edition of the Icelandic Sagas, featuring 40 illustrations for 40 of the sagas by the artist, Karin Birgitte Lund. The drawings are being exhibited here as part of the exhibition series that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Iceland’s independence. The exhibition was opened by H.M. Queen Margrethe of Denmark, on 1 December 2018.

The drawings illustrate the sagas, using motifs from Viking and medieval Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The artist’s interpretation provides an impression of the fascinating aesthetic of those periods. The pictures are inspired by medieval Icelandic manuscripts, frescoes from Danish churches, Norwegian stave churches and Gotland’s picture stones.

The exhibition also includes a series of brand new, large-scale drawings inspired by the era of the sagas.

Karin Birgitte Lund was born in Copenhagen in 1946, and from 1967 to 1973 studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She was awarded the Eckersberg Medal in 1997, and the Danish Arts Foundation’s Honorary Bursary in 2004. She designed and illustrated the new series of Danish banknotes.

The exhibition is on the second floor of Veröld – House of Vigdís and is open from 11am to 4pm on weekdays.


17 April 2017 – 15 December 2018

The inaugural exhibition in the new home of the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute, Veröld – House of Vigdís, explores in a range of media the life, work and causes of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.
The exhibition recounts Vigdís’ student years abroad and her career as a teacher of French, a tour guide, and manager of the Reykjavík Theatre
Company, then explores her many-faceted role as President of Iceland 1980–96, and all the good works she has done since leaving office – for instance as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and with the Institute of Foreign Languages which bears her name.

The exhibition also provides insight into interests and causes that are dear to Vigdís’ heart; visitors will see some of her favourite books, along with quotations and poetry; and observe the Friendship Forest at Þingvellir grow and flourish. Visitors are encouraged to participate in dialogue with Vigdís: to take seat in the blue theatre chairs and contemplate concepts such as: honesty, human rights, culture, knowledge, equality, language, progress, broad-mindedness and education.


VIMIUC – Vigdís International Centre
for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding

Háskóli Íslands
Brynjólfsgötu 1
107 Reykjavík
s: 525 4191 / 525 4281
Kt. 600169-2039
Hér erum við!


Veröld – hús Vigdísar 9:00-17:00