This educational Reykjavik walking tour is perfect for people who want to get to know Iceland’s capital. It will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide who will tell you about the history and culture of the city and show you some hidden gems that are really popular with locals. So, whether you have just landed in Reykjavik and want an introductory tour or just want to find out more about the capital of the land of fire and ice, this is the ideal tour for you.
Duration: ~2.5 hours
Available: All year
Age limit: No age limit
- Hallgrímskirkja Church
- Einar Jónsson Museum
- The Pond
- The Parliament Building
- The Old Reykjavík Harbor
Meeting point information:
- This is a meet on location tour.
- The meeting point is at 14:00 at the Tourist Information Center on Laugavegur 5 in central Reykjavik.
- Please leave plenty of time, so that the tour isn’t delayed or shortened.
- Available all year round (weather dependent).
- We provide a small group experience, allowing you to speak with the guides and get the most out of the tour.
- This tour does not have an age limit, however, children under the age of 6 may find it too far for them, thus we recommend bringing a pram.
- The tour takes around 2.5 hours total.
- The total length of the tour is between 5-6 km.
- Please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Iceland is normally cold, and we strongly recommend wearing warm and waterproof clothing.
- If you visit during the summer, then protection from the sun may be useful.
- We offer a full refund if the tour is canceled due to the weather.
Youth (12-15): 3 490
Children (0-11): 0
One of our passionate local guides will meet you at the ‘What’s On Tourist Information Center’ on Laugavegur 5 in the center of town. Our Reykjavik walking tour begins at the famous Sun Voyager sculpture – created by local artist, Jón Gunnar Árnason it overlooks the bay and Mt Esja, making for a spectacular photo.
Our next stop is Hallgrímskirkja Church - a dramatic piece of modern architecture that is modeled on the iconic Reynisfjara basalt columns. We’ll climb its bell tower for a stunning panoramic view of Reykjavik’s multi-colored rooftops, with Faxaflói bay and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes
providing an incredible backdrop. We’ll also stop at Leif Erikson’s statue to hear stories about the first European to ever set foot on American soil.
From there we’ll walk to Einar Jónsson’s sculpture park – to see some wonderful art and hear tales from Norse mythology. We’ll wander through the charming streets of Þingholt heading back to the city center. We’ll arrive at Tjörnin Pond and feed the ducks, geese, and swans, which is a popular Reykjavik tradition.
We’ll continue over to the City Hall for a quick look at the super-sized topographical map of Iceland. Your expert guide will point out the points of interest and tell you some fascinating facts about Iceland’s unique geology. From there we’ll wind our way through the heart of the city, passing Alþingi, the oldest continuously running parliament in the world, Reykjavik’s beautiful cathedral and some of the original Viking homesteads.
By then we’ll be nearing Old Reykjavik Harbor – a rustic port that was once the epicenter of Icelandic life. We’ll find the beautiful Harpa Concert Hall on its northern shore and finish off at the Volcano House for a quick presentation on Iceland’s geothermal activity. If you’re staying in Reykjavik and want to get to know the city in the company of a passionate local guide, then this is the ideal tour for you.
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