Hallgrimskirkja
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  • Reykjavik: City Walking Tour

    1. Reykjavik: City Walking Tour

    Find your guide in front of Hallgrímskirkja Church by the statue of Leifur Eiríksson. This is on a hill and the highest ground of Reykjavík, from which you can get an overview of the area. From that point the walk is downhill and easy on the foot. The guide will take you through various streets of Reykjavík, passing by important buildings of great architecture and will detail their history as you walk by. You’ll get a great introduction to Iceland's history and culture. See the Harpa Concert Hall, beautiful on the inside, which also serves well as a warm stop on cold days which are frequent in Iceland. Continue the walk along the oceanfront before eventually moving inland to parliament and city hall. You can purchase lunch at a restaurant with meat, vegan, and fish options.

    Tomas very knowledgeable about the city. Great to get to know the history abour placenames and the crest of the city

  • Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

    2. Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

    This walking tour is your introduction to Reykjavik. It will help you get your bearings and make the most of your stay in Iceland. Your guide will be your friend in the city with the goal to make sure you have the best time while in Reykjavik. This family friendly tour brings the history of Iceland to life with interesting stories and Icelandic mythology. You’ll visit all of the famous landmarks in the city center such as Harpa concert hall, Hallgrímskirkja Church (your guide will teach you how to pronounce that) and the Reykjavik pond. Your guide will also share hidden, local spots with you; things you’d miss if you didn’t know what to look for. Your guide will show you their favorite places to eat, drink and visit plus insider info on the best happy hour deals, should you be interested. The tour lasts approximately two hours and you’ll walk around 4 kilometers. This is a small-group ...

    We had a great guide when we went on the tour on our first day and Reykjavik. The tour was a great way to introduce ourselves to the city, and it gave us a good idea of where all the main points of interest were. Our guide was able to give us a good overview of the history of Reykjavik which really helped us along for the rest of our time in Reykjavik.

  • Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

    3. Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

    Take a trip to visit the most significant places in the capital and surrounding towns. Journey to visit the presidential residence at Bessastaðir and the town of Hafnarfjörður, where you will learn of how the “hidden people” and humans live together in harmony. Next visit Reykjavik to enjoy the spectacular views at the restaurant Perlan, which is built on water tanks holding the city’s hot water supply. Afterwards it’s on to Höfði house, where the all-important meeting between former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former U.S.S.R. Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986. Then visit the ancient Hallgrímskirkja church and the old town centre. You will find that the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, and the town hall are situated here. The final stop of the day will take you to the sports and recreation area in Laugardalur. Here you can explore the impressive geothermal heate...

    The tour guide was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and fun. I lost one of my gloves at the Globe and he offered to try to get it when he went back with his afternoon tour. Well he did find it and personally dropped it back at my hotel. I don’t remember his name but my tour was on Wed morning on March 11. He was also multi-lingual and gave his tour in several languages accommodating everyone by speaking their language. Whoever gets my tour guide will be blessed.

  • Reykjavik City Walking Tour

    4. Reykjavik City Walking Tour

    Start your Reykjavik walking tour with a look at the striking Hallgrímskirkja church in the city center. Ascend to the top of the bell tower if conditions allow, for an incredible view over the city's multicolored rooftops, Faxaflói Bay and its islands, and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Then, go to the beautiful sculpture garden of the Einar Jónsson Museum and learn all about Norse mythology before strolling through the quaint streets of the Þingholt neighborhood. Continue to the city pond of Tjörnin pond to visit the geese and swans.  Take a look at City Hall and see the super-sized topographical map of Iceland, where your guide will give explanations about the country's fascinating geology and volcanic history. Wind your way into the heart of the city to look at the parliament building, the modest but beautiful cathedral and the site of the first Viking homesteads. Next, v...

    Fantastic orientation to the city. Highly recommend this as your first activity in Reykjavik. Tomas was an outstanding

  • Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

    5. Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

    Combine the Greater Area Reykjavik Sightseeing and Golden Circle Express tours, and make the most of your day out exploring Reykjavik and Iceland. Start your tour of Iceland's capital city with a visit the Presidential Residence at Bessastaðir and Hafnarfjörður, the town where humans and the "hidden people" of Icelandic legends live together in harmony. Stop at Perlan Restaurant, where you have an incredible view over Reykjavík and its surroundings. You'll also visit Hallgrímskirkja Church, the University area and the Old Town Center, where you can see the Alþingi–Iceland's Parliament. You'll have free time to have lunch and explore colorful Reykjavik on your own before continuing on to the Icelandic countryside and Þingvellir National Park, renowned for its historic legacy and geological intrigue. Marvel at the unique and barren landscapes of the geothermal area surrounding the spout...

    it would have been helpful to have a map for the morning part of the tour. Sometime she was telling us that the building was on the right or the left but there were times when I didn't know exactly which building she was referring to. Also where to originally meet the tour was a little confusing. Other than that, the guides were helpful and friendly. I learned a lot of really interesting information about Iceland and it's history.

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based on 137 reviews

We had a great guide when we went on the tour on our first day and Reykjavik. The tour was a great way to introduce ourselves to the city, and it gave us a good idea of where all the main points of interest were. Our guide was able to give us a good overview of the history of Reykjavik which really helped us along for the rest of our time in Reykjavik.

Fantastic orientation to the city. Highly recommend this as your first activity in Reykjavik. Tomas was an outstanding

Tomas very knowledgeable about the city. Great to get to know the history abour placenames and the crest of the city

Excellent tour with narrative about the sites. Would highly recommend.

Excellent guide , Serra deserve all the compliments