Walking Tour of Reykjavik | The Financial Crash and Recovery

Walking Tour of Reykjavik | The Financial Crash and Recovery
Grótta lighthouse is beautiful under the midnight sun.
One of the most popular sculptures in Reykjavík is the Sun Voyager, seen here beneath the midnight sun.
One of the best places to observe the aurora borealis in Reykjavík in winter is Grótta.
Tjörnin Pond and Reykjavík City Hall in winter by night.
Harpa Concert Hall has some of the best acoustics in the world.
Reykjavík's winter skyline by night.

See the city of Reykjavík through the lenses of the financial crash and Iceland’s dramatic recovery. This walking tour should not be missed by those who know a little about - or want to know a little more about - how Iceland came back from the brink of economic ruin.

You will meet your expert guide at the site of the Alþingi, the parliament of Iceland. This assembly has the longest history out of any in the world; it was originally founded in 930 AD in Þingvellir National Park, moving to Reykjavík in the 19th Century. The square you meet your guide in will be familiar to those who have seen images of Icelandic protests.

Your guide will then show you around the capitol, all the while discussing the country’s history and politics, focusing on 2008 and its aftermath. You will see the Harpa Concert Hall, which for years sat unfinished due to the lack of funds; the President’s Office, which was covered in spray paint and toilet paper for weeks; and the glossy new buildings that reflect the country’s recovery.

There are many questions people have about Iceland’s financial crash. How did the country survive against the odds, while countries such as Greece went through a crippling depression? Why were the bankers jailed, and what are they doing now? Has Iceland beaten its corruption, or do the underlying problems exist? Why were the protests called ‘the Kitchenware Revolution’? All of these will be answered on your travels.

Reykjavík is a beautiful, quirky capital that is teeming with culture. This trip allows you to enjoy all of its sites, sculptures and street art like any other walking tour, but is tailored to those with interest in one of the most tumultuous times of the 21st Century.

This tour is just two and a half hours long, covering three kilometres, so allows you to make other plans for the rest of your day.

Explore Reykjavík, and learn about the economic crash and responding revolution. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Ráðhúsið – Reykjavík City Hall, Alþingi, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Tjörnin
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:30, 14:30.

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
Austurvöllur, in front of the Parliament building (Alþingi)
  • Guidance

  • Refreshments

  • Warm clothing

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

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Walking Tour of Reykjavik | The Financial Crash and Recovery
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