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Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

1. Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

Your crash course in everything Icelandic! Our Reykjavik walking tour is your introduction to our country. It will help you get your bearings and make the most of your stay in Iceland. We recommend it as your first stop in Reykjavik (well, maybe check into your accommodation and drop your bags off first). Our family-friendly tour brings the history of Iceland to life with exciting stories and Icelandic mythology. We’ll visit all of the famous landmarks in the city center, such as Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik Harbour, and Hallgrímskirkja Church (we’ll teach you how to pronounce that), Reykjavik Pond, and the Parliament building. But, we’ll also share hidden, local spots with you like a visit to an Elf home; things you’d miss if you didn’t know what to look for. We want you to feel the unique, friendly atmosphere of our quirky little city, not just to see the most popular tourist attractions. We’ll even have a small lesson on the Icelandic language so you can not only walk with a Viking but talk like one too. We’ll be showing you our favorite places to eat, drink and visit (we also have an intimate knowledge of happy hour deals that we’re happy to share).

Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

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

Get to know Reykjavik at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. 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. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. 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 Walking tour in Small Group with Local Guide

3. Reykjavik: City Walking tour in Small Group with Local Guide

Find your guide in front of Hallgrímskirkja Church by the statue of Leifur Eiríksson. This is on a hill and the highest ground in Reykjavík, from which you can get an overview of the area. From that point, you will walk downhill. 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 to the oldest part where the parliament and city hall is located. We finish the walking tour by the Parliament building in the main square. The walk is Wheelchair accessible and adjustable in bad weather as the small group size ensures we can take shelter in buildings and exhibitions. Make sure you tour with CityWalk Reykjavík for a guaranteed great experience with a local.

Reykjavik: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

4. Reykjavik: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. 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: Evening Icelandic Food and Drink Tour

5. 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: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

6. 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. 

From Reykjavik: Small Group Golden Circle Day Trip

7. From Reykjavik: Small Group Golden Circle Day Trip

See the Golden Circle on a guided day trip from Reykjavik. Admire the incredible landscapes with stops at Thingvellir, the Gullfoss waterfall, the springs of Geysir, and the volcanic crater of Kerid. During your day, witness the best of Iceland. At Thingvellir, see the birthplace of the Icelandic nation, as well as the foundation site of the first Viking Parliament or Alþingi and visit the visual rift between the Eurasian and American Continents. Explore the impressive waterfall Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most beautiful sights. It is not a coincidence that its name translates as the Golden Waterfall. This is all followed by a visit to the Geysir geothermal area, where the hot spring Strokkur erupts every 3-7 minutes. Geysir's hot spring's neighbor, Strokkur, will blow steam high in the air a few times per hour for your delight. To finish the day, marvel at the volcanic crater of Kerid, filled with a milky blue-green lake.

From Reykjavik: Full-Day Horse Riding & Golden Circle Tour

8. From Reykjavik: Full-Day Horse Riding & Golden Circle Tour

This tour is a combination of the Viking Horse Riding Tour and Golden Circle Express Tour, and is perfect for visitors to Iceland who don’t have a lot of time to spare but want to make the most of a day. In the morning you’ll enjoy a ride on an Icelandic horse through the idyllic landscape of Laxnes, located just out of Reykjavik city. The Icelandic horse is a breed that has remained virtually unchanged since the Vikings brought it to Iceland in the 9th century. The riding tour is suitable for all ages and experience levels, from beginner to expert. After your morning ride and a short break you’ll head out on the afternoon portion of the tour, to Þingvellir National Park. Admire its remarkable geological features and see Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament. Iceland’s Parliament is the oldest still-functioning parliament in the world, and was founded on this site in 930 A.D. Visit the impressive Gullfoss glacial waterfall, the geothermal area around Geysir, and Strokkur with its spouting geysers. You’ll pass through fertile agricultural areas before heading back to Reykjavik over Hellisheiði mountain heath.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Northern Lights 4x4 Tour

9. Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Northern Lights 4x4 Tour

See Iceland’s Golden Circle on an afternoon and search for the Northern Lights on the same evening tour from Reykjavik. See the ancient geological formations and parliament site at Thingvellir National Park; watch the Strokkur waterspout at Geysir; and admire the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. As darkness falls, seek out the Northern Lights, escaping light pollution to experience the incredible light show. Numbers are limited to six people for a more personalized experience. Travel inland in a comfortable 4x4 designed to negotiate rugged terrain, and hear from your guide about Iceland’s volcanic geology. Your first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn how the landscapes have been formed over millennia, and absorb the contrast between the lush green vegetation and rich, black ground. Travel on to Geysir, a geothermal field of hot springs, steam vents and the remnants of an old volcano. Continue to Gullfoss Waterfall, whose name means ‘Golden Falls,’ a reference to the shimmering, multi-colored mists that can sometimes appear above the waters. As dusk falls, begin your quest for the Northern Lights. Iceland is one of the world’s best places to see them, and your all-terrain 4x4 and knowledgeable guide will allow you to identify and access the best potential viewing sites. The pulsating colors of the lights, usually green and blue, split the darkness and sometimes shine brighter than the moon.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Small Group

10. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Small Group

**Please note: "Due to the Secret Lagoon's closure on May 13-23, we will visit Fontana Spa instead."** Depart Reykjavik and travel in a small group towards the famous Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon of Iceland. Stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park and experience its geological and historical importance first hand. Look around Iceland's first parliament at Althingi, and see the fissure at Silfra, rated one of the world‘s top dive sites. Next, head towards Faxi waterfall before visiting the hot springs area of Geysir. At Geysir you can walk among the bubbling springs and mud pits. Watch the land explode and hot water spout into the sky at the geyser of Strokkur. Then, go to the last attraction on the Golden Circle circuit at the waterfall of Gullfoss. Take in the stunning surroundings of the waterfall, located in the canyon of the Hvítá River. Be amazed as the water cascades down 32 meters in 2 steps.   End with a visit to the Secret Lagoon, where you can soak away your aches in a natural hot spring pool. Relax in the magical surroundings and feel all your stress slip away before the drive back to your accommodation in Reykjavík for an approximate 19:00 arrival. 

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4.7
(672 reviews)

Adam is an extremely friendly and knowledgeable guide who showed us Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir, took to a great dinner and finally we were extremely lucky to see impressive aurora borealis. We were flexible because of the small group and comfortable in Adam's 4x4. Recommend.

Our guide Olafur was excellent, showed us what she felt was important to see and know in Reykjavik and answered numerous questions and told interesting stories about history and culture so we could get to know Iceland better. Recommend this activity and this guide!

Easy to follow, good directions. Interesting information about the city and great to orient yourself in a new place. Plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the views or have a coffee etc or to pick up the pace if wanted. Would use the tours again

Excellent informative tour covering all the major points of interest in Reykjavik. Our guide, Aoster, was amazing, explained everything and had a great sense of humour. I highly recommend this tour.

I absolutely loved this tour. It was perfect for getting to know the history of the city and see all the highlights. Our guide was incredible. Thank you for a great tour!!