This three-hour tour will take you around the most important sights in Reykjavik – encompassing a plethora of amazing attractions in Iceland’s vibrant, modern and historic capital. One of our friendly local guides will tell us everything that we need to know about the many incredible things that we see during the course of the tour, along with a host of tips about the coolest restaurants and bars in the city. This makes it ideal for anyone who is staying in Reykjavik – allowing you to get to know the city.
Duration: 3 hours
Departure time: 1 pm
Available: All Year
Pickup not included: Please note that pick-up is not included, you select your desired pick-up spot in the booking process.
• English: Daily (all year)
• German: Wed, Fri & Sun (all year)
• French: Tue (all year)
- Bus fare
- Guided tour
Youth (12-15): 2 749
Children (0-11): 0
The first stop of the day will be the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church, which was named in honor of the 17th-century poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson and took a remarkable 41 years to build. It is the tallest church in Iceland, standing 74.5 meters high and its distinctive steeple was designed to resemble the famous basalt sea stacks on Iceland’s South Coast. The inside of the church is dominated by a massive organ that is formed of 5275 pipes and weighs an incredible 25 tons. Our friendly guide will tell us all about the history of the church and how it has become a cultural symbol for all of Iceland. Outside the church is a statue of the Viking explorer, Leifur Eriksson, who was the first European to set foot on American soil in around 1000 AD – almost 500 years before Columbus!
Höfði, Bessastaðir, Harbour
We will pass by Höfði, where Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in 1986 – to begin negotiations to end the Cold War. Höfði, itself is a fascinating building in itself – a unique white house that was originally the location of the French embassy. Then we will stop at Bessastaðir, the official residence of the Icelandic president, situated on the gorgeous Álftanes Peninsula. The residence itself dates back to around 1000 AD and has always been an important location in Iceland. The legendary Icelandic poet Snorri Sturluson, who penned many of the sagas and did much to preserve the Icelandic language that we still use today lived there in the 13th century and it later became a Royal Fortress that housed the highest-ranking Norse officers in Iceland. We will also visit other important sites in and around Reykjavik, including its historic harbor and many, many more.
Harpa Concert Hall
Our tour ends at the spectacular Harpa Concert Hall – located in downtown Reykjavik and built by a Danish firm in 2011. It is clad in glass and its design was inspired by Iceland’s dramatic natural scenery – with both the sea and sky reflected on its exterior. It has been popular ever since its opening and has become the epicenter of Reykjavik’s buzzing cultural scene. Our friendly guide will tell you everything that you need to know about these amazing places – making it essential for anyone who wants to get to know Reykjavik.