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 starts at What´s On tourist information located on Laugavegur 5 in central Reykjavik. We will begin our trip by the beautiful Sun Voyager sculpture, overlooking the North-Atlantic waters of the bay with Mt Esja in the background. Next stop is Reykjavík's iconic landmark, Hallgrímskirkja church, at the top of the downtown hill. We first go up the bell tower for an incredible view overlooking this small city with its multi-coloured rooftops, Faxaflói bay with its puffin islands and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes.
Afterwards we visit the beautiful sculpture park of Einar Jónsson and learn all about Norse mythology before strolling through the quaint streets of Þingholt neighbourhood 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 the 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 recognisable 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 centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
Þingholt is the centre of Reykjavík and one of oldest and most iconic neighbourhoods 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 it's colourful corrugated iron houses.
The old harbour 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, that 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 centre.
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