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Reykjavik City Walking Tour

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Reykjavík, Iceland

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Walking tour of central Reykjavik, with entrance fees included
  • See some of the city's important landmarks, such as Hallgrímskirkja Church, the Old Harbour, and the Harpa Concert Hall
  • Learn about the history, culture, and geology of Iceland from your guide
  • Get scenic views and great photo ops
Meet your guide and tour group in central downtown Reykjavik.

Make your first stop at the Hallgrímskirkja Church itself, where you climb to the top of the bell tower. Get out your camera to capture incredible views over the red rooftops of the city and Faxaflói Bay beyond. Get an introduction to the city while you catch your breath and enjoy the scenery.

Continue to Einar Jónsson's statue garden, where your guide delves into some of the myths and legends of the Norse gods. Walk through the lanes of Thingholt (Þingholt) toward Reykjavik City Pond. Feed ducks, geese, and swans that reside there, a small pocket of nature in the middle of the city. 

Get a primer on Iceland's volcanology and geology as you contemplate the giant topographical map of the country outside the city hall. Walk past Reykjavik's cathedral, the parliament, and the site of the city's very first houses. 

Stroll by the Old Harbour toward the Harpa Concert Hall. Stop at the Sólfar (Sun Voyagers) sculpture to admire views over the bay and Mt. Esja.

Your walking tour finishes in central Reykjavik.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
What's On
The tour starts at What´s On tourist information located on Laugavegur 5 in central Reykjavik
Stop At:  
Hallgrimskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja looks over Reykjavík as the most recognisable building standing above all the rest. Its stepped concrete facade is a reminder of the Icelandic landscape and the church’s interior minimalist with a grand organ. The church is named after Hallgrímur Pétursson, a 17th-century clergyman and author of a famous series of Hymns of the Passion. If conditions allow, we will go up to the bell tower for a magnificent view over Reykjavik City.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar)
Einar Jónsson, was a famous Icelandic sculptor, born in 1874 in Galtafell. In 1909, after living abroad for almost 20 years, he made an arrangement with the parliament to provide him with a home and studio in Reykjavík, that still stands today.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Reykjavík City Hall
On our way to Reykjavik city hall, we walk through Þingholt, which is the centre of Reykjavík and one of oldest neighbourhoods in the city of Reykjavík. It gets its name from the street of Þingholtsstræti, where a small townhouse stood from the year 1765-1771. Today it is known for it's colourful corrugated iron houses. We walk across the city pond and into the City Hall we view the super-sized topographical map of Iceland and your guide will explain a little bit about Iceland’s fascinating geology and volcanic history.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Althingi Parliament House
Our tour then threads the heart of the city, taking in the parliament, our modest but beautiful cathedral and the site of the first Viking homesteads in the city, before visiting the Old Harbour
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Our tour then threads the heart of the city, taking in the parliament, our modest but beautiful cathedral and the site of the first Viking homesteads in the city, before visiting the Old Harbour with views of the impressive Harpa Concert Hall and the popular Sun Voyager sculpture.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sun Voyager
Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the Sæbraut road in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the sun.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Domkirkjan
Reykjavík Cathedra is a cathedral church in Reykjavík, Iceland, the seat of the Bishop of Iceland and mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, as well as the parish church of the old city centre.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Reykjavik City Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Fabulous Reykjavik city walking tour
Lynne
, Mar 2020
Lalli was amazing tour guide on our walking tour. Lalli was so passionate about his city and country and the culture. I would highly recommend this tour and make sure you get Lalli. Tom and lynne Denver CO
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Reykjavik Walking Tour
Nancy_L
, Feb 2020
Awesome tour, a must do. Our tour guide, Lalli is a wealth of knowledge, we learned a lot about Reykjavik and Iceland's history. The tour includes admission to the church tower with the most amazing view of Reykjavik and its surrounding areas.
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Awesome Tour!!
Stefan A
, Jan 2020
We had a wonderful tour. Lalli, our tour guide, was amazing. He was well versed in local history, gave us good shopping advice, and even bought ice cream cones for everyone.
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Reykjavik jan'20
Lawrence H
, Jan 2020
Guide was very good, lot of enthusiasm and lot of stories to tell about history of Iceland. Depends on time of year, you take your chances with the weather, overall I enjoyed it as I think did our group.
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Great tour
seasonedtravellerldn
, Jan 2020
We really enjoyed this tour, our guide was really well informed and told us really interesting background about the sights as we walked around the city.
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Wlaking City Tour
Abdulwahab F
, Nov 2019
Very informative and good overview of the city. Highly recommended.Guide was knowledgeable and very friendly
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Highly recommend
Michael L
, Oct 2019
Would recommend this tour. The guide was very fun and knowledgeable about the sights around the city. They take you to some pretty interesting places you might not get to see if you venture out on your own. Would take this tour again.
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Fun, informative tour
LarryP126
, Sep 2019
Our guide did a great job describing fun and useful info about Reykjavik and Iceland. His hints on how to save money were good to know, too. Good sense of humor, too.
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Great experience
Malpensa69
, Sep 2019
Our guide was very pleasant and explained to us a lot of the Islandic traditions and city history , must do if you visit Rykjavik
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Great Introduction to Reykjavik
Trek54416247938
, Sep 2019
We took the walking tour the first day we arrived in Iceland and it was a great way to see the city with an excellent guide. We would highly recommend it for anyone who would like an up close visit to the beautiful city of Reykjavik.

Product code: 35149P4

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