See the real Reykjavík with a knowledgeable local guide, visit some landmark places and journey into Reyjavík's quirky and amazing past.
This small group walking tour will show you real landmark places and reveal the incredible details, unique characters, and charming stories which bring the city to life. Really get to know this amazing city on the fringe of the Arctic – take some Reykjavík magic home with you!
Around 2 hours
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Reykjavík City Sights Walking tour
- Sightseeing, Reykjavik Walking tour
- Experienced Guide
The meeting point for this tour is Hallgrímskirkja at Hallgrímstorg, 101 Reykjavík. We set off at 10:00 so you need to meet us a few minutes before 10:00. This is the iconic white church high in the hill, so very easy to locate!
This walking tour does not really focus heavily on taking you to as many big-name places as we can. The aim is to introduce you to the heart which beats under the surface of the the city – to bring you those anecdotes and pieces of history which make Reykjavík so extraordinary. The tour has been put together to leave you with the desire to see more of Reykjavík on your own. You are fed the main course, and all sorts of tantalizing pieces of information are left hanging in mid-air, ready for you to grasp and follow when enthusiasm for the main course hits you. Your guide is never happier than when you go away knowing all sorts of things only known to local people, and you still want to know more.
Of course, you will see Hallgrímskirkja Church, the Icelandic Houses of Parliament and Harpa the great glass concert hall down near Reykjavík Harbor. You will see the street murals which add, so creatively, to the uniqueness of Reykjavík. Hear about the special places the locals go to, quirky bars, cozy and atmospheric coffee houses and back street restaurants – the places which offer a real taste of Reykjavík. Your guide can tell you about expensive restaurants and nightspots if you wish – but showing you the extraordinary is the purpose of this tour – the things which really make Reykjavík tick!. Some of the stories behind the buildings and characters will fascinate you – discover some facts which stayed out of the history books. A city is more than bricks and mortar, the unique character and inventiveness of the Icelandic people are as much a part of Reykjavík as the buildings.
The tour ends at around noon at Austurvöllur, the square at the bottom of town. The weather can influence the finish time a little.
What to bring: You should wear comfortable walking shoes or boots, dress for the weather and bring rainwear – Reykjavík weather is very changeable!
We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick up time since you could be our first pick up. It’s usually best to wait outside your pick up location but if it’s cold the lobby is perfectly fine.
Note that if the lobby up a couple of floors (like for example at Loft hostel) it’s best to come down.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Here is the plus-side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.
Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sounds like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around.
Iceland is a very high tech country. We actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free wifi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Price from 6.000 ISK per person.
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