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Reykjavík City Walking tour

Heart of Reykjavík Walking tour

See the real Reykjavík with a knowledgeable local guide, visit some landmark places and journey into Reyjavík's quirky and amazing past.

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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!

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    Around 2 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    No

  • Ratio

    1:12

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    6.000 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Reykjavík City Sights Walking tour
Included
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!

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, has been a favourite 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. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it 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. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

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!

Are there any useful numbers and services to know in Iceland?

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

Disclaimer
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.

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