Explore Iceland’s old city center, learn about Viking history of Reykjavik and catch up on current affairs with a local guide.
EXPLORE REYKJAVIK'S QUAINT OLD CITY CENTRE WITH A LOCAL GUIDE
The tour begins punctually at the icon of Reykjavik, Hallgrímskirkja church where you will find your guide just outside by the statue of Leifur Eiríksson. Guests are encouraged to check in with the guide 5-10 minutes before the tour starts. The tour will not go up the bell tower and therefore we recommend early arrivals to take the elevator ahead of the tour start. Please note the opening hours of the church and entry fees are found on www.hallgrimskirkja.is
We will begin our trip at the beautiful Hallgrímskirkja Church at the top of the downtown hill. This is the most popular landmark in the city and for good
Afterward, we visit the beautiful sculpture park of Einar Jónsson and learn all about Norse mythology before strolling through the quaint streets of the Þingholt neighborhood towards the City Pond. We feed the ducks, geese, and swans found on the northern end of the pond. Great fun for kids and grown-ups alike and a common activity for local families on weekends.
Continuing across the pond and into the City Hall we view the super-sized topographical map of Iceland and your guide will explain a little bit about Iceland’s fascinating geology and volcanic history. Our tour then threads the heart of the city, taking in the parliament, our modest but beautiful cathedral, and the site of the first Viking homesteads in the city, before visiting the busy Old Harbor.
Strolling along the north shore from the harbor we visit the impressive Harpa Concert Hall.
Hallgrímskirkja looks over Reykjavík as the most recognizable building standing above all the rest. Its stepped concrete facade is a reminder of the Icelandic landscape and the church’s interior minimalist with a grand organ. The church is named after Hallgrímur Pétursson, a 17th-century clergyman and author of a famous series of Hymns of the Passion.
Harpa is a concert hall and conference center in Reykjavík, Iceland. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in cooperation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
Þingholt is the center of Reykjavík and one of the oldest and most iconic neighborhoods in the city. It gets its name from the street of Þingholtsstræti, where a small townhouse stood from the year 1765-1771. Today it is known for its colorful corrugated iron houses.
The old harbor was built between the years of 1913-1917 and is becoming a popular hangout with many restaurants and cafes. The beautifully designed Harpa Concert Hall remains in the view with a backdrop of Mount Esja across the water.
Einar Jónsson, was a famous Icelandic sculptor, born in 1874 in Galtafell. In 1909, after living abroad for almost 20 years, he made an arrangement with the parliament to provide him with a home and studio in Reykjavík, which still stands today.
Reykjavík Cathedra is a cathedral church in Reykjavík, Iceland, the seat of the Bishop of Iceland and mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, as well as the parish church of the old city center.
Meeting point for the tour: The statue of Leifur Eiríksson in front of Hallgrímkirkja Church. Please be there no later then 10 minutes before your departure time.
Prices: Children 0-15 years old: FREE
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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