The meeting point for this tour is the "What's On" tourist information center located at Laugavegur 5, 101 Reykjavík. We set off at 10:00 so you need to meet us a few minutes before 10:00.
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 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 the pond. 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
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!