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Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

1. 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.

Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

2. 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 spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur, then see majestic Gullfoss glacial waterfall. After a full day of sightseeing, head back to Reykjavik over Hellisheiði mountain, taking in the incredible scenery.

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What people are saying about Bessastadir

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 93 reviews

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.

Informative and Refreshing

Thanks for the sightseeing experience. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to do this in a small group which made it more personal and easy to ask questions. I recommend this activity to anyone who is interested in understanding and knowing more about Iceland beyond the usual and common adventurous activities. Thanks Eve for being professional and a great tour guide.

The guide makes all the difference. Our guide was knowledgeable and very interesting. He went above and beyond in being helpful and answering our questions.

The driver was excellent very informative and knowledgeable, give us plenty of time to look at attractions and the driving was very safe.

This tour was through GrayLine. Their staff are brilliant