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Sun Voyager (Solfar) Tours

Sun Voyager (Solfar)
Sitting on Reykjavik’s waterfront, facing the impressive figure of Mt. Esja across the bay, the gleaming sculpture of Sun Voyager (Solfar) makes for an excellent photo opportunity. The 60-foot-long stainless steel artwork resembles the skeletal frame of a boat and sits on a circle of granite slabs jutting into the sea.
 
The Basics
Solfar was created by Jon Gunnar Arnason, who developed the concept during the late 1980s. It was the winning entry in a competition for an outdoor sculpture to honor the city of Reykjavik’s 200th anniversary. The full-scale version was unveiled in 1990, a year after the artist's death. City walking tours usually include a stop at Solfar. You can also see it from the water on a whale-watching cruise.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Solfar is a must-see for art enthusiasts and culture lovers.
  • There is no charge to see the sculpture.
  • Solfar sits on Reykjavik’s Sculpture and Shore Walk, a popular trail that leads to landmarks, including Harpa Concert Hall and the Partnership sculpture by Pétur Bjarnason.
 
How to Get There
Solfar is located on Saebraut road, a few minutes’ walk southeast of Harpa and a 15-minute walk from the center of Reykjavik. Bus routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 12, and 13 all stop at Lækjartorg, a 10-minute walk away.
 
When to Get There
You can visit the sculpture any time of day, any day of the week. Seeing it under the midnight sun during the height of summer offers a great opportunity to appreciate the significance of its name. Otherwise, the glow of dawn or dusk creates an attractive backdrop any time of year.
 
The Viking Myth
A common misconception of the sculpture is that it represents a Viking ship. This is understandable, because Solfar does resemble a ship and Iceland is, of course, the land of the Sagas. However, the artist’s original intent was to create a “dream boat” honoring the sun, the promise of undiscovered territory, hope, progress, and freedom.
Address: Sæbraut, Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland 101, Iceland
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17 Tours and Activities to Experience Sun Voyager (Solfar)

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Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

Small-Group Reykjavik RIB Whale Watching Cruise

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Cruise Faxaflói Bay in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) on a 2-hour, small-group whale-watching expedition from Reykjavik. Board a speedy RIB at the Old Harbor, and skim alongside graceful seabirds as you pass seasonal puffin colonies. Watch for minke and humpback whales, porpoises, and white-beaked dolphins, and then return to the harbor along the Reykjavik shoreline. Pause alongside the Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture as you take in the city’s most distinctive sights from the water.
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  • 2 hours
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Walking tour of Reykjavik city

Walking tour of Reykjavik city

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Get oriented in Reykjavik and kickstart your Iceland adventure on this small-group guided walking tour, available at multiple departure times. Learn about Iceland’s early history at the Anarholl Statue, see Laugavegur main street, Austurvollur Square, and Lake Tjornin, and admire the landmark concrete Hallgrim’s Church, a concert hall, and a sculpture garden, plus plenty of street art. Along the way, try a traditional Icelandic snack: schnapps with dried fish.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Reykjavík Sightseeing & Blue Lagoon Including Admission

Reykjavík Sightseeing & Blue Lagoon Including Admission

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Make the most of your time in Iceland by seeing the top sites of Reykjavík and visiting the Blue Lagoon in a day. After a convenient pickup from your accommodation, travel with ease between dispersed sites in a comfortable vehicle. A guide makes sure you get the most out of your trip with fascinating commentary about the history of Reykjavík. Also avoid long lines by having tickets to the healing geothermal spa area of the Blue Lagoon included.
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  • 6 hours
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6D5N Free & Easy Iceland | Golden Circle, Reykjavik City Tour & Airport Transfer

6D5N Free & Easy Iceland | Golden Circle, Reykjavik City Tour & Airport Transfer

Exploring Iceland has never been easier. With all the transportation and accommodations taken care of, you can simply decide what you like to experience in Iceland and enjoy them thoroughly. This Free & Easy itinerary allows you to choose (from our buffet of activities) what suits you the most and you can simply add them to your free time slots. Have everything within your control without having to fuss over the minor stuff. Day 1 - Arrival. Transfer to Hotel. Suggest to add Aurora Hunting Tour or Blue Lagoon on this day. Day 2 - Golden Circle Day Tour. Suggest to add Aurora Hunting Tour if you have not done so on day 1. Day 3 - Reykjavik City Hop-on-hop-off Tour. Suggest to add Whale-watching Tour or Lava Tunnel Tour. Day 4 - Free at leisure. Suggest to add 2D1N South Coast & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Tour. Day 5 - Free at leisure. If you are not with the South Coast Tour, suggest to add Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour or Ice Cave Tour. Day 6 - Departure.
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  • 6 days
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The Best of Reykjavik Walking Tour

The Best of Reykjavik Walking Tour

Planning a trip to Reykjavik? Why Reykjavik is famous? Looking for the top sightseeing places in Reykjavik? The majestic and royal city of Reykjavik offers a long collection of museums, buildings, markets and top attractions that you must visit once in a life. Which are Reykjavik's best attractions? The Old Town is just the beginning of the city's charms. The vibrant and cosmopolitan city offers you the chance to discover some of the richest examples of Nordic history. Get stunned with the streets full of history and its beautiful architecture examples. Get ready to experience Iceland in a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about one of the most important cities of Europe.
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  • 3 hours
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Reykjavik Segway Tour

Reykjavik Segway Tour

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Check out the best of Reykjavik with ease on a fun 2-hour Segway tour. Led by an informative guide, you’ll coast effortlessly around the city’s pretty streets and waterfronts on an easy-to-ride, self-balancing Segway scooter. Pass landmarks including the innovative Harpa hall and leafy Laugardalur Park, national sport grounds and gaze out over Faxaflói Bay. Numbers are limited to seven people, ensuring more personalized attention from your guide.
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 Reykjavik Excursion & Blue Lagoon - Private Tour

Reykjavik Excursion & Blue Lagoon - Private Tour

The excursion will take place in the center of Reykjavik, you will visit the most remarkable architectural sights and historical places of the city. During this fascinating tour, you will get acquainted with the history and main places of Reykjavik and will end the day by taking a rest in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon. This tour is ideal for those who want to plunge into city life and relax in the peaceful landscapes of the world-famous spa resort. The entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon is excluded from the tour price. The reservation to the Blue Lagoon will be done after the tour booking, the recommend the time to arrive at the lagoon at 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM. If another available time to be reserved for bathing at the lagoon, then we shall fit the pickup time for the excursion in Reykjavik with a time of visiting the Blue Lagoon.
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  • 7 hours
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3 Days Self-Drive - Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, Golden Circle & Grindavik

3 Days Self-Drive - Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, Golden Circle & Grindavik

Take a drive through the land of Ice and Fire. Explore and be amazed by the wonders of nature. This 3 days road trip will bring you to the northern most capital in the world - Reykjavik. You will also get to relax and enjoy a revitalising spa at the world renown Blue Lagoon. The Golden Circle will be something that you definitely cannot miss. It is a "Must Go" place for all visitors to Iceland. Last but not least, this itinerary will bring you to some unique and less visited place in Iceland that will make you trip special and memorable.
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  • 3 days
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Reykjavik

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Reykjavik

Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Reykjavik and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Reykjavik, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Reykjavik

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Reykjavik

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Reykjavik and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Reykjavik, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Reykjavik

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Reykjavik

Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Reykjavik and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Reykjavik, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Reykjavik

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Reykjavik

Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Reykjavik and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Reykjavik, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover Reykjavik by City Sightseeing bus, and explore the Icelandic capital on a hop-on hop-off tour. Your voucher is valid for 24 hours, so use it to ride around Reykjavik and visit the attractions that interest you most. Hop off to visit Laugardalur Valley, Harpa Concert Hall and more, or stay on board for a full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the city.
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Reykjavik City Walking Tour

Reykjavik City Walking Tour

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Get to know the spirit of Reykjavik on this walking tour of Iceland's capital. Follow your guide to the city's most important landmarks, including the Sun Voyager (Sólfar) sculpture, Harpa Concert Hall, the Old Harbour, the multicolored Thingholt houses, and the Hallgrímskirkja Church. Along the way, learn about the city's culture, history, and traditions through your guide's entertaining commentary. All entrance fees and light refreshments are included.
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Reykjavik Scavenger Hunt: Sculpture, Shore & More

Reykjavik Scavenger Hunt: Sculpture, Shore & More

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Reykjavik Portrait Photo Walk

Reykjavik Portrait Photo Walk

Worried camera hates you? Fed up with selfies? Fan of unfunny jokes? Guess what! I will take photos of you impossible to get with your selfie stick. Some kilograms ago I used to model for photos, so I will share my knowlegde how to strike the pose :) Oh, and yes, I do provide silly, unfunny jokes. It's stronger than me.
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  • 2 hours
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6-Day Iceland Tour through Rekjavik and South to East

6-Day Iceland Tour through Rekjavik and South to East

This tour is for you who want to travel the best parts of Iceland. We offer 5 nights hotel stay with 4 days tour. With our professional local guide, you will not only get the chance to visit the stunning spots but also get to know more about the local, history and the culture. We do not offer meals during the tour, therefore, you can maximize and explore more of the local delicacies!
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