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Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

1. Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

A modern, trendy and forward-looking city that is at the same time rooted in nature, Reykjavik offers the best of both worlds and is a magical place to visit. Your 24 or 48-hour ticket gives you access to the city on a hop-on hop-off tour with on-board multi-lingual commentary. Mount Esja keeps lookout over this northernmost capital, and on a sunny day the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like and baby-blue on the western horizon. Take in sites such as the Reykjavik harbor, the Town Hall, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Pearl Hallsgrimschurch, and the Laugardalur thermal pools and spa. The tour stops along the route are as follows:  1- Harpa Concert Hall  2- The Old Harbour 3 - Viking Maritime Museum 4 - Whales of Iceland 5 - National Museum 6 - Laekjargata 7 - Laugavegur Shopping Street 8 - Reykjavik Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir 9 - Hallgrimskirkja 10 - BSI Bus Terminal 11 - Perlan 12 - Kringlan Shopping Centre 13 - Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 14 - Laugardalur Valley 15 - Skarfabakki Harbour (summer only) 16 - Hofdi House

Reykjavik: Panoramic Helicopter Flight with Summit Landing

2. Reykjavik: Panoramic Helicopter Flight with Summit Landing

Get a unique perspective of Reykjavik on a panoramic helicopter flight over the city, and land on a mountain summit for some panoramic views like no other! Make your way to Reykjavik Domestic Airport, only a 5-minute drive from the city center. Climb aboard the waiting helicopter and glide up and over Reykjavik’s landmark sights. Look down at attractions such as Hallgríms Church and the Harpa Concert Hall in the harbor. See the colorful rooftops of city houses from above, and get a bird’s eye view of where the Icelandic president lives. As the colorful rooftops slip away, brace yourself for the beautiful landscape surrounding the city. Land on top of one of the nearby mountains for unique photo opportunities, and maybe a selfie of you with the whole of Reykjavik in the background.

Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

3. 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 tour, meaning there will never be more than 12 people on a tour at a time so that your guide can answer all of your questions and you can get to know each other a bit better. The aim of this tour is for you to experience the unique, friendly atmosphere of Reykjavik, not just to see the most popular tourist attractions. You'll even get a small lesson on the Icelandic language from your guide so that you can not only walk like a viking, but talk like one too.

Reykjavik: City Walking Tour

4. 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.

Reykjavik City Walking Tour

5. Reykjavik City Walking Tour

Take in the top attractions to be found in Iceland's capital on a walking tour. Admire Einar Jónsson's sculptures, Hallgrímskirkja church, the Old Harbour, and City Hall. Learn about Norse mythology, Viking homesteads, Iceland's volcanic history, and more from your local guide. Start your Reykjavik walking tour with a look at the striking Hallgrímskirkja church in the city center. Then learn all about Norse mythology as you stroll 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, visit the Old Harbour and discover the impressive Harpa Concert Hall with views of the dramatic Sólfar sculpture overlooking the bay and Mount Esja.

Reykjavík: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Perlan Museum Entry Ticket

6. Reykjavík: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Perlan Museum Entry Ticket

Explore Reykjavík City at your own pace on the Hop on Hop off bus. With the best of both worlds; a modern trendy and forward-looking city whilst at the same time being close to its unspoiled nature, Reykjavík truly is a magical place to behold. At the Perlan Museum artist and technologists have joined forces to create a truly remarkable exhibition. Visitors will feel the power of volcanoes and earthquakes. Included is also a ticket to the Northern Lights Expedition and the Ice Cave. The entrance ticket to Perlan is valid on the day that you choose to book.

Reykjavik: Evening Icelandic Food and Drink Tour

7. Reykjavik: Evening Icelandic Food and Drink Tour

The Reykjavik Food & Drinks tour is a fantastic way to get to know the city, our culture and cuisine. Visit our most favourite restaurants and bars in town, have a taste of the Icelandic cuisine, Icelandic beers and learn about our bizarre local beer history. If this sounds like a fun activity, then this is the tour for you! The Reykjavik Food & Drinks tour is primarily a tour to have a great time. Meet a group of other travellers with a fun local to eat and drink your way through the central area, visiting 5 places. From super trendy and hip gastro pubs, to cozy craft beer places to a small family run restaurant, this tour gives you a taste of it all. Just make sure that you show up hungry and thirsty. We'll take care of the rest! All food and drinks are included in the tour.

Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

8. Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Reykjavik. Learn facts about the locations you visit, including sights such as the National Gallery of Iceland, Holavallagardur, Christ the King Cathedral, and more. To get started, simply download the tour app onto your phone and begin exploring Reykjavik at your own pace (download instructions received via email after booking). Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to start your tour wherever you prefer. Use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions throughout the city. As you explore, solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. Work as a team or add in some extra fun by completing in groups. Use logic, imagination, observation, and problem-solving skills to make your way around the city. Along the way, choose to stop for a coffee, lunch, or take a break at any time. Start your tour at the imposing sculpture 'Solfar'! Learn about Harpa an attraction with many visitors every year. Learn about Ingólfur Arnarson the founder of Reykjavík at the beautiful monument in his honor, and admire Culture house, one of Reykjavík's finest buildings. Reykjavík Cathedral will leave you speechless with its serene beauty. Visit Parliament House with its elegant appearance. Then Reykjavík City Hall awaits you, don't forget to take pictures, it's a beautiful modern building with an incredible 3D map of Iceland! The unrivaled National Gallery will be your next step, with its unique exhibits. Smile at rainbow street, made to embrace diversity. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Hallgrímskirkja the ultimate symbol of all of Reykjavík !!!

Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

9. 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 heated outdoor swimming pool, and discover sculptures crafted by Ásmundur Sveinsson.

Reykjavik: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

10. Reykjavik: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Go at your own speed on this city walking tour of Reykjavik. The schedule is up to you as you stroll through the town, accompanied by an audio guide that plays at exactly the right time thanks to GPS technology. Stop by the most important sites and learn about the city’s history along the way. The tour begins at one of Reykjavik’s most iconic landmarks, Hallgrimskirkja, the city's main church. The pre-set route will take you past sites like the distinctive Harpa concert hall with its harbor views, Reykjavík City Hall, the National Parliament, and Landakotskirkja (Landakot's Church). As you walk, let a guide tell you about each landmark’s significance, while giving context about Iceland’s Nordic history and traditions. The commentary will stop and start according to your live location, so you can focus on your surroundings. You’ll end the walk at the Cabinet House, the site of the Prime Minister’s offices. Along the way, you’ll have discovered Reykjavik’s cultural sites, as well as local favorite spots from an insider. 

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What people are saying about Hallgrimskirkja

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4.2 / 5

based on 698 reviews

This tour was fantastic. Thomas was entertaining and informative, one of the best guides I've had. Greatly appreciated the time he took to make sure we all knew how to find the main areas as well as the restaurant suggestions he provided.

Elizabeth was a fantastic guide! She was informative, enthusiastic and very attentive to all of the guests! We would wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Iceland! Mike and Mary From San Diego

The Viking was knowledgeable and friendly … he really explained all sights and it was a wonderful experience. Even my teenage daughter enjoyed. This tour was a rebooked one and it went well.

Great tour to get to know the city area. Guide knowledgable and friendly. Right length of time walking. Good way to start a holiday so you know your way around throughout the holiday

Really chill tour of Reykjavik that you can take your time doing, exploring different parts of the city and learning a few fun facts and a bit of history.