City Orientation Walk, Reykjavik

City Orientation Walk, Reykjavik
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Reykjavik Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Reykjavik Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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:

City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Iceland » Reykjavik (See other walking tours in Reykjavik)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: vickyc
Austurvollur Square

1) Austurvollur Square (must see)

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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Parliament House

2) Parliament House (must see)

The Parliament House of Reykjavik stands in Austurvöllur - a square in the old town of Reykjavik. On the square, you can see local street musicians. The national day of Reykjavik is celebrated here in front of the Parliament House. Visitors are allowed inside the building to see how the government functions. You will often see groups of children, as local schools frequently organize excursions to Parliament House to show students the country's authorities at...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Domkirkjan Church

3) Domkirkjan Church (must see)

Dómkirkjan Church is the second oldest received church of the Faroe Islands, on Tinganes in the old town of Tórshavn. Painted white, and roofed with slate, it was established in 1788. The cathedral church lies in the north of the peninsula Tinganes and is one of the main attractions of the town. Like most churches of the country it belongs to the Evangelical-Lutheran national church of the Faroe Islands. Since 1990 it has been the seat of the bishop of the Faroes and is therefore known as a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Kolaportið (must see)

Kolaportið is Reykjavik's enormous flea market. It will take you back to the past. There you can find old records, books, crafts and other treasures. There is also a well-priced fish market.

Hours: Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00...   view more
Reykjavik Harbor

5) Reykjavik Harbor (must see)

From the earliest times, Icelanders have depended on fishing to make a living. Reykjavik Harbor is thus fittingly one of the oldest places in the city. Here you can see locals at work. There are fishermen with their ships, boats and private yachts. You can see, for example, how locals carry whale meat from the whale ships - boxes full of exotic deep-sea creatures. The harbor also offers amazing view of the dramatic landscape of the...   view more
Reykjavik City Hall

6) 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...   view more
University of Iceland

7) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Museum of Iceland

8) National Museum of Iceland (must see)

The National Museum of Iceland dates back to 1863. There are collections of artifacts dating from Iceland's earliest settlements to modern day. The museum also has an antiquarian collection and archaeological finds from the time of the Vikings. A number of the nation's treasures can be seen in this museum.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday 10 am – 5...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Gallery of Iceland

9) National Gallery of Iceland (must see)

The National Gallery of Iceland showcases a permanent collection of works by famous Icelandic artists. You will mainly see works of traditional Icelandic culture. There is a shop at the gallery, where you can buy art books, cards and other souvenirs representing the art of Iceland.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11.00 -...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fríkirkjan Church

10) Fríkirkjan Church

Fríkirkjan Church is a Free Lutheran church located in the center of Reykjavik on the shore of the picturesque Tjörnin Lake. There are always many seagulls and ducks on the water near the church. The church is characterized by a green roof. In general, the buildings in Reykjavik are of different, rather bright colors. The church was built in 1902 and is constructed of wood covered with metal, a prime example of the Icelandic vernacular...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Centre for Cultural Heritage

11) National Centre for Cultural Heritage (must see)

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...   view more
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

12) Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Notable addition to the Reykjavík skyline and Icelandic culture, set at the border between the land and the ocean, Harpa – the Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre – is a gleaming sculpture in the very heart of the Iceland capital, reflecting magnificent northern sky, bustling Reykjavík harbor and the vibrant city life. Shimmering in mesmerizing Arctic light, the angular design of this architectural gem blends in perfectly with the surrounding mountainous landscape and North...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sun Voyager

13) Sun Voyager (must see)

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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Laugavegur Street

14) Laugavegur Street

To experience the charm of Reykjavik shopping, visit Laugavegur - the city's historic shopping district. On this street you will find specialty stores that sell clothes made by local and international designers, bookshops and souvenir stores. There are also many cafes, bars and restaurants along this...   view more


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