Reykjavik Walking Tours

Reykjavik Walking Tours

Discover the wonders of Reykjavik on foot with an expert guide. Learn about its history, folklore, and cuisine while walking the colorful streets of the world's northernmost capital.

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What is a Reykjavik walking tour?

A Reykjavik walking tour is a guided exploration of the city of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. These tours allow visitors to experience the city's unique culture, history, cuisine, and architecture by walking through its streets, visiting famous landmarks, and learning about the local way of life.

How much does a walking tour in Reykjavik cost?

The cost of a Reykjavik walking tour can vary depending on factors like the tour's duration, inclusions, and exclusivity.

One of the cheaper tours available is this magical 1.5-hour folklore walking tour of Reykjavik which only costs $36 and has a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5.

While one of the pricier tours is the Reykjavik Food Walk which costs $115 but includes food and drink samples from 6 different locations around the city. The tour has a rating of 5 stars out of 5 from 16 reviewers.

How long do walking tours in Reykjavik typically last?

The duration of a walking tour in Reykjavik can vary, but most tours last between 2 to 3 hours. Some specialized tours or private tours might be longer, depending on the itinerary and the group's interests.

What can I expect to see on a Reykjavik walking tour?

During a Reykjavik walking tour, you can expect to see some of the city's most famous landmarks, such as Hallgrimskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall, the Sun Voyager sculpture, and the Old Harbor. The tour may also take you to a local bar or restaurant to get a taste of Icelandic cuisine.

Are private walking tours available in Reykjavik?

Yes, you can book this 2-hour private walking tour in Reykjavik, which takes you to the city's landmarks. These tours can be customized according to your interests and preferences and may provide a more personal experience with your guide.

Are Reykjavik walking tours suitable for children?

Most walking tours in Reykjavik are suitable for children, but it is important to consider the length of the tour before booking.

What should I wear on a Reykjavik walking tour?

Reykjavik's weather can be unpredictable, so it's essential to dress in layers and wear comfortable, waterproof shoes. Bring a warm jacket, hat, and gloves. Remember to check the weather forecast before your tour and dress accordingly.

What language are the walking tours conducted in?

Most walking tours in Reykjavik are conducted in English. However, private walking tours are more flexible and have more languages to choose from, such as this private 3-hour city walk of Reykjavik with Icelandic delicacies, which is conducted in English, Spanish, German, French or Portuguese.

Are guided walking tours available year-round in Reykjavik?

Yes, guided walking tours in Reykjavik are generally available year-round. However, weather conditions or specific events or holidays may occasionally affect the availability of some tours.

When was Reykjavik founded?

Reykjavik was founded as a settlement by Iceland's first permanent settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, in the year 874 AD. For centuries it remained a simple farmland with just a few houses.

Urban development began around the turn of the 19th century and quickly became Iceland's commercial and cultural hub. Now two thirds of Iceland's population live in the capital region.

Why is Reykjavik named that?

The name Reykjavik directly translates to "Smoky Bay" and was named so by Iceland's first permanent settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, because of the steam rising up from the geothermal area in Laugardalur valley.

It should be noted that the word "reykur" in Old Norse refers to both smoke and steam, so a more accurate translation of Reykjavik could be "Steamy Bay" or "Bay of Steam".