Reykjavik walking tour - explore Iceland's capital with a local guide

Reykjavik Walking Tour | Explore Iceland's Capital with a Local Guide
Lake Tjörnin in central Reykjavík is teeming with birdlife year round.
The Sun Voyager by central Reykjavík's seaside is the metal skeleton of a Viking ship pointing towards the bay.
Reykjavík's multicoloured tin roofs.
A view over Faxaflói bay.
Hallgrímskirkja Church is the most iconic landmark in central Reykjavík.
Reykjavík City Hall stands on the banks of Lake Tjörnin in central Reykjavík.
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Learn all about Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, on this guided walking tour. Visit its iconic landmarks, immerse yourself in its art and architecture, and discover the history of the Icelandic people.

This tour begins when you meet your guide and group at Whats on tourist info. You will start by entering the Hallgrímskirkja Church and ascending the church tower, to get some gorgeous views over Reykjavík's multicoloured tin roofs, Faxaflói bay and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes.

You will then head to the statue garden of one of Iceland's most acclaimed artists, Einar Jónsson. His detail and craft will impress even those without a great appreciation for art, and the context of his works informs you of Icelandic culture and the Old Norse mythology.

Following this, you will be guided down the hill, to what is locally known as ‘the Pond’. The architecture of the surrounding buildings, including the Culture House and the National Gallery of Iceland, are beautiful, and you will have the opportunity to feed the geese, ducks and swans who reside in the water year-round.

You will then enter City Hall, right nearby, to an enormous topographical map of Iceland. Here, your guide will tell you all about the country's geological and volcanic history, and how this played into the development of the nation and its character.

Next, you will see the parliament building, the Althing, which is the current site world's longest-running, ongoing parliament (having been created in Þingvellir in 930 AD). Beside this is the country's modest cathedral, and the surrounding houses are some of the oldest in Reykjavík.

One of its newest buildings, however, is the next stop: Harpa Concert Hall. The architecture of this site is modern, dramatic and beautiful, and in the short time it has existed, it has cemented itself as a vital part of the capital’s character. 

You will then walk along the edge of the sea to the final spot on this tour, the Sólfar sculpture. This fascinating feature, the metal skeleton of a Viking ship, points out to the bay, where there are incredible views over the tabletop mountain, Esja.

Don't miss this immersive, affordable, relaxing tour through the beautiful streets of Iceland’s capital. Enjoy Reykjavík in a whole new way. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Dec.
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Hallgrímskirkja, Dómkirkjan, Sun Voyager, Reykjavík Harbour, Ráðhúsið – Reykjavík City Hall, Alþingi, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 14:00.

What's On in Iceland

Our tour departs from the What's on tourist info, located at Laugavegur 5. Please be there no later than 10 minutes before your departure time.

Included:
  • Expertly guided Reykjavík walking tour

  • Admission to the Hallgrímskirkja Bell Tower

  • Refreshments


What to bring:
  • Hiking Shoes

  • Warm, waterproof clothes


Good to know:

The weather in Iceland is unpredictable, so it is always wise to bring along extra layers, even in pleasant weather.



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Loved this tour. Great way to see the city and our guide was so knowledgeable and interesting.
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This was great! Happy, our native tour guide, was very funny and knowledgeable. Thanks Happy!
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