Reykjavík Botanic Garden



Event Program 2024

All events start at the Botanic Garden's main entrance and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Information about other garden events can be found at and by phone at +354-411-8650.

Most of our events are in Icelandic. 

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January 20, 2024, 10:30am - 1pm

Playing with leaves: Art workshop for families

At the Reykjavik Botanic Garden's Display Greenhouse


January 2 - February 2, 2024, 10am - 3pm

Exhibition by Ásthildur Jónsdóttir in the display greenhouse –

This Deep Green Leaf Color: Memories in Color.

Saturday, March 23 at 14

Exhibition opening: Conscious compound

23.-28. April

Children's culture festival: The flowers of the future

Wednesday, May 22 at 17-18:30

Springtime projects in the garden

Lunchtime walks in Icelandic in June on Fridays at 12-12:30 p.m

Lunchtime walks in English on Fridays in June at 12:40-13:10


Wednesday, June 5 at 20

World Environment Day: Life in the forest


Sunday, June 16 at 11

Day of the wild flowers: Úlfarsárdalur

The walk starts at Sæmundarskóli on Biskupsgata.

Lunchtime walks in Icelandic in July on Fridays at 12-12:30 p.m

Lunchtime walks in English on Fridays in July at 12:40-13:10


Tuesday, July 30 at 20

Jón lærði and the nature of plants

Lunchtime walks in Icelandic in August on Fridays at 12-12:30 p.m

Lunchtime walks in English on Fridays in August at 12:40-13:10


Wednesday, August 14 at 20

Life in the soil


Sunday, August 18 at 13

Flower bouquets straight from the garden

The education event takes place at Árbæjarsafn.

Monday, September 16 at 12

Day of Icelandic nature: Growing from grass - the relationship between plants and small animals


Friday, October 18 at 11-17 and Saturday 19 October at 11-17

TasteGarden - Slow Food festival and market in the display greenhouse

Tuesday, November 5 at 17

The heated greenhouse (in the display greenhouse)

Tuesday, December 3 at 17

Christmas flowers (in the display greenhouse)





Climate Walk

Did you know the oldest plant at the Botanic Garden has sequestered carbon equivalent to the emissions of an average car over three months and 24 days?

The Climate Walk is an exhibit and guided tour through the Botanic Garden, discussing climate matters through the lens of the Garden's collection (the plants) and their habitats and roles in reducing climate threats.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Climate Fund and will continue until September 30, 2023.

The Explorer

The family-friendly Explorer walking tour here in the Botanic Garden is organized in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Iceland. We'll be stepping in the footsteps of the botanist Daniel Solander, born in Sweden in 1733. Daniel adored plants and studied them under the most renowned botanist of all time, Carl Linnaeus.

His passion for plants was so great he embarked on a lengthy sailing voyage around the globe, from Europe to South America, to the islands of the Pacific, and to Africa. Daniel embarked on a variety of adventures and also visited Iceland. It's been 250 years since Daniel arrived here and collected various Icelandic plants.

Now, you can try your hand at being an explorer like Daniel. A map of the walking tour is available at the entrance to Café Flóra. Follow the map and check out the signs at each location. The Explorer will be available until September 30, 2023.

Traveling exhibition on Crop Wild Relatives (CWR)

During the summers of 2022 and 2023, a traveling exhibition on crop wild relatives will travel around Iceland, funded by The Museum Council of Iceland. This exhibition is a joint Nordic collaboration with the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen) and other Nordic institutions. The exhibition is in both Icelandic and English and will be in the Reykjavík Botanic Garden until June 6th 2022. Afterwards, it will travel the country and be at the Skagafjörður Heritage Museum in Glaumbær, Akureyri Botanic Garden, and in Vatnajökull National Park in Ásbyrgi.

Crop wild relatives are wild plant species that are ancestors or close relatives to cultivated crops. Unlike their domesticated relatives, they must survive wild in nature without human intervention. Climate change progression is putting increased pressure on agriculture. The changing environment requires new properties in modern crops to adapt them making the genetic diversity of crop wild relatives a crucial resource. Modern and future plant breeders can look to these wild varieties to find useful properties to breed new crop varieties.

In Iceland, the diversity of forage and berry plant species is particularly high, and you can find wheat relatives here along with meadow foxtail grass, blueberries, strawberries, and cumin.

Do you want a guided group tour of the Botanic Garden?

We warmly welcome school, professional, and social groups for custom-tailored tours all year round.

You can reserve your tour and get more information by calling 411-8650 on weekdays from 9am to 3pm or by emailing us.

Preschools and primary schools can book the following educational backpacks for on-site use:

  • Plant Backpack
  • Birdwatching Backpack
  • Biodiversity Exploration Backpack
  • Small Creatures Backpack (available May 15 - September 15)


The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants.

The Botanic Garden was founded in 1961 and is managed by Reykjavík City. The Garden exists to catalog and safeguard diverse flora for the dual objectives of academic exploration and public delight.

The Botanic Garden offers specialized curricula that cater to both lay audiences and educational institutions. These programs harness the wealth of our botanical collections to illuminate facets of environmental science, plant biology, wildlife ecology, garden artistry, ethnobotany, as well as to advocate for outdoor engagement and public health.

Hópur fólks að skoða blóm í Grasagarðinum

Café Flóra

Café Flóra presents sumptuous cuisine, accentuated by ingredients harvested from our own gardens. The Café is inside the Botanic Garden's display greenhouse, opens its doors for the summer season while embracing a winter hiatus.