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Reykjavik City Walking Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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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
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Hallgrimskirkja , Hallgrímstorg 1, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Our tour departs daily from Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik. Please be there no later than 10 minutes before your departure time.

10:00 AM
Old Harbour Souvenirs , Geirsgata 5c, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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
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 Free
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:  
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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Reykjavik Sightseeing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Reykjavik City Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik City Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Reykjavik City Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik City Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Reykjavik City Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik City Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Reykjavik City Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik City Walking Tour.

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  • "Depends on time of year, you take your chances with the weather, overall I enjoyed it as I think did our group." See review
  • "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." See review

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star-5
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
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-4
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.
star-5
Great tour
Michael_F
, 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.
star-5
Wlaking City Tour
Abdulwahab F
, Nov 2019
Very informative and good overview of the city. Highly recommended.Guide was knowledgeable and very friendly
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
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.
star-4
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.
star-5
Great experience
Juan_S
, 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
star-5
Great Introduction to Reykjavik
Shelvie_C
, 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.
star-3
walking tour
kapa7186
, Sep 2019
it was very informative and our guide was very knowledgeable - it rained the majority of the tour, but the guide provided an umbrella
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
City Walking Tour
Carel_S
, Aug 2019
The guide gave a very animated and informative tour of Reykhavik. It gave us great insight into Icelandic history and culture.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Absolutely Wonderful Walking Tour
Diane_S
, Aug 2019
Lalli (owner of Funky Iceland) was excellent. He provided a very comprehensive walking tour with lots of information. This was enhanced by his delightful personality. This walking tour was a “do not miss.”
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour!
Jim K
, Aug 2019
Lalli was our tour guide and we had a great time! We learned so much about Iceland and there wasn't a question, Lalli couldn't answer! Highly recommended.
star-5
Thank you, Lalli!
Raymond_B
, Jul 2019
I didn’t really expect to see much more than a few highlights on this tour, but was shocked at how much I learned! Lalli was extremely energetic and knowledgeable which really allowed me to get comfortable in the city. He seems to have facts and a story about nearly everything in the city no matter how small. I did this on my first day and would definitely recommend.
star-5
Good Value
Angus T
, Jun 2019
Excellent tour with a friendly guide. Took us to areas in the city which we would have not found by ourselves. Good historical background information.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great way to learn about Iceland and Reykjavik
Brenda N
, May 2019
Our tour guide, Siggy, was great. Really helped us get the lay of the land on our first day. The Cathedral elevator is being renovated so we didn't get to go up, but you can still go inside.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
City Walking Tour
Linda_F
, Mar 2019
Our Guide was knowledgeable, passionate and made the tour interesting for us. it covered many aspects of the city that we would not have learned on our own.
star-5
Reykjavík Walking Tour
743les
, Aug 2018
This tour was very good. Informative and fun. Hit the highlights. Even had time to stop at a local cafe. Guide was well versed in local history
star-2
We had difficulty understanding our...
Swen_L
, Apr 2018
We had difficulty understanding our tour guide. She was a nice person, but spoke in a low tone-of-voice, with a very strong accent, so we missed a lot of what she said. On a number of occasions, we asked a question and she would look up the answer on her phone. We ended the tour early just so we could get away. Perhaps a different tour guide would have made our experience more positive.

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