The Reykjavik City Walking Tour is ideal for seeing and learning about Reykjavik City Center in an afternoon. During the tour, the expert local guide will introduce you to some of best landmarks of Reykjavik City and to local life and culture.
The walking tour starts from Hallgrimskirkja Church, one of the best known landmarks of Reykjavik. Going up the 73 meter high bell tower is an excellent start for the tour. This offers an incredible view over the city and its colorful rooftops. On a clear day you can see Faxafloi bay, with its many islands and surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Afterwards, you will walk to the statue garden of Einar Jonsson and learn about the Norse gods such as, Thor, Odinn and Loki.
Walking through the streets of Thingholt hill will take you towards Reykjavik City Pond. In the winter you can feed the ducks, geese and swans that swarm the northern end of the pond, a popular activity by local families. Continuing across the pond into the City Hall, you can see the super sized topographical map of Iceland. Your guide will explain a little bit about Iceland’s fascinating geology and volcanic history.
The Reykjavik City walk will thread through the main part of the city. There you can see the Althingi Parliament, Reykjavik’s modest, but beautiful cathedral, and the site of first Viking colony in the city. After a visit to Reykjavik Old Harbor, you will walk to the impressive Harpa Concert Hall. The final stop of the Reykjavik City walk, is at the Solfar boat sculpture, where overlooking the Faxafloi Bay and Esja Mountain is a fantastic sight.
The tour starts from the Viking Statue of Leif Erikson at Hallgrimskirkja Church. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before scheduled departure time.
The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable so please dress in warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots.
Please note that although this tour has no age limit, children under 6 years old might find the walk difficult. The total walking distance is about 5 km, so it is recommended to make appropriate arrangements, such as bringing a stroller.