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Landmarks Walking Tour of Reykjavik, Reykjavik
Guide Location: Iceland » Reykjavik
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
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Author: vickyc
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Reykjavik Map and Walks" in Google Play.

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Reykjavik is a wonderful city set on a small island in the enormous ocean. It is the northernmost capital in the world. This city, close to the Arctic Circle, probably boasts the most beautiful landscape in the world. In Reykjavik you will see some great and unique Viking monuments, churches, and museums, as well as a lake in the middle of the city and geysers. This self-guided tour offers you an interesting stroll through the splendid capital of Iceland:
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Tour Stops and Attractions
1) University of Iceland
The University of Iceland (Icelandic: Háskóli Íslands) is a public research university in Reykjavík and the country's oldest and largest institution of higher education. Founded in 1911, it has grown steadily from a small civil servants' school to a modern comprehensive university, providing instruction for about 14,000 students in 25 faculties. Subjects covered include social sciences, humanities, medicine, natural sciences, engineering and teacher education. It has a campus...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
2) Hólavallagarður Cemetery Reykjavik
There are several cemeteries in Reykjavik. Hólavallagarður Cemetery is a very old one located in the central part of the city. You can explore Icelandic genealogy while walking past the graves, many of which are beautiful sculptures. One Icelandic author described this cemetery as the largest and oldest museum in...
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3) Reykjavik City Hall
Reykjavik City Hall is located in the middle of the city. The building was constructed in 1987, following an international competition won by the architect Studio Granda. Alongside the offices of the mayor of Reykjavík, there is a nice cafe and a large 3-D map of Iceland. Art exhibitions are often held in the City Hall. The building stands on the banks of beautiful Lake Tjornin. Many ducks and seagulls flock around this lake, adding to the bustle and activity. This part of the city is...
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4) Austurvollur Square
Austurvöllur is a public square in Reykjavik. The square is a popular gathering place for the citizens of Reykjavik, and especially so during good weather due to the prevalence of cafes on Vallarstræti and Pósthússtræti. It has also been a focal point of protests due to the close location to the Parliament of Iceland.

Austurvöllur is surrounded by Vallarstræti, Pósthússtræti, Kirkjustræti and Thorvaldsensstræti. The latter of which is named after Bertel Thorvaldsen, a statue of...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
5) National Centre for Cultural Heritage
The National Centre for Cultural Heritage is located in the Culture House. The building is very beautiful and is a historic monument of Reykjavik. There are numerous exhibitions in the Centre, including national treasures and artifacts from the time of the Vikings. Most of the art exhibitions are held in the Culture Shop and Café. The Centre also holds a large exhibition of Icelandic films. Many of the Centre's temporary exhibitions display original artifacts and...
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6) Sun Voyager
Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason (1931 - 1989). It is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom. The sculpture is located by Sæbraut, by the sea in the centre of Reykjavík, Iceland.

In 1986, the district association of the west part of the city funded a competition for a new outdoor sculpture to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the city of Reykjavík. Jón...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
7) Hallgrimskirkja Church
Hallgrimskirkja is often considered the most beautiful church in Reykjavik. Its architecture is amazing and is known around the world. It is a very tall structure set on a hill, and it is therefore seen from the far ends of Reykjavik. You can walk around the church to admire its sophisticated architecture. There is also an elevator or stairs that you can take to the top of the church to view the city and its magical...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
8) The Pearl
Perlan (English: The Pearl) is a landmark building in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. It is 25.7 metres (84.3 ft) high. It was originally designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson. Perlan is situated on the hill Öskjuhlíð where there had been hot water storage tanks for decades. In 1991 the tanks were updated and a hemispherical structure placed on top. This project was largely done at the behest of Davíð Oddsson, during his time as mayor of Reykjavík. Perlan has 10,000 cubic meters of...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Landmarks Walking Tour of Reykjavik, Reykjavik