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Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour (Self Guided), Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is set very close to the Arctic Circle. Today it is a very clean city with many colorful houses. The locals' everyday life depends mainly on fishing and sewing warm clothes. Their everyday food includes a variety of fish products. The people of Iceland live in a very picturesque place, where sunsets and seascapes are of unimaginable beauty. This self-guided tour will lead you to the places where typical residents of Reykjavik pass their day:
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Guide Name: Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour
Guide Location: Iceland » Reykjavik (See other walking tours in Reykjavik)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Reykjavik Old Harbor
  • Bæjarins beztu
  • Althingishus (The Parliament House)
  • Tjornin Lake
  • Reykjavik Junior College
  • Lækjarbrekka Restaurant
  • Olstofan Bar
  • Sundhollin Swimming Pool
Reykjavik Old Harbor

1) Reykjavik Old 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 an amazing view of the island's dramatic landscape.
Bæjarins beztu

2) Bæjarins beztu

Bæjarins beztu pylsur means the best hot dog in town in Icelandic; locals call it "Bæjarins beztu" for short. The hot dog is considered to be the Icelandic national food. Bæjarins beztu is set in the center of Reykjavik, not far from the harbor, and the majority of local workers like to eat here. This hot dog stand has become popular with both locals and tourists. In 2006, it was selected as the best hot dog stand in Europe.
Althingishus (The Parliament House)

3) Althingishus (The Parliament House) (must see)

The Icelandic Parliament House stands in Austurvöllur Square in the old town of Reykjavik. On the square, you can see local street musicians. 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 work.

Why You Should Visit:
This Parliament House is probably the least guarded one among all its peers; in fact, you can even walk all the way to the door front of this 19th-century building to take your selfie, with no security personnel prohibiting you from doing so.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tjornin Lake

4) Tjornin Lake

Tjornin Lake is a small, beautiful lake in the center of Reykjavik. It is a very popular place among locals. They like coming here for a walk with their kids to feed the swans, ducks, seagulls that live on the lake. Bird feeding on the lake shore has led to the lake being called "the biggest bread soup in the world" (stærsta brauðsúpa í heimi). One of the local churches is on the shore of this lake, so you might find some of the active church-going population of Reykjavik in the area. Tjörnin means "the lake" or "the pond". Tarn, meaning "mountain lake", is a northern English dialect word derived from the Norse word tjörn and its genitive/plural tjarnar. Tjörnin was the setting for scenes in the 2010 Icelandic movie Gauragangur.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Reykjavik Junior College

5) Reykjavik Junior College

Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík (often abbreviated MR; official name in English: Reykjavik Junior College) is the oldest gymnasium (Icelandic: Menntaskóli) in Reykjavík, Iceland. The school traces its origin to 1056, when a school was established in Skálholt, and it remains one of the oldest institutions in Iceland. The school was moved to Reykjavík in 1786, but poor housing conditions forced it to move again in 1805 to Bessastaðir near Reykjavík. In 1846 the school was moved to its current location, and a new building was erected for it in Reykjavík. This was the largest building in the country at the time and can be seen on the 500 Icelandic krona bill. It was used initially when Alþingi began to meet again in Reykjavík after a few years hiatus and thus it is in this building where Icelandic independence leader Jón Sigurðsson led the MPs in their famous phrase, 'Vér mótmælum allir'. The school has previously been known as "Lærði skólinn" (The Learned School), "Latínuskólinn" (The Latin School) and by the Latin title "Scholae Reykjavicensis;" it received its present name in 1937. Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík offers a four-year course of study. It usually ends with a degree (stúdentspróf) which gives the graduating student the right to advance to an Icelandic university.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lækjarbrekka Restaurant

6) Lækjarbrekka Restaurant

A country's cuisine can tell you a lot about that nation and its traditions. Lækjarbrekka Restaurant, located in the central part of Reykjavik, is a local restaurant famous for its Traditional Icelandic Buffet. The local food of Reykjavik consists mainly of seafood, as Iceland is an island nation. Lækjarbrekka Restaurant serves the best Icelandic food. You can taste such dishes as shark, dried fish, Icelandic langustine, whale and salmon. In addition to the dining experience, the restaurant is located in a 150-year-old historic house.
Olstofan Bar

7) Olstofan Bar

Olstofan Bar is also known as Kormakur's or Skjoldur's Alehouse. If you visit here, you will meet the upper class of Reykjavik. The pub is simple, but it attracts many Icelandic celebrities and intellectuals. Olstofan Bar offers an extensive variety of drinks, and people like coming here for a good drink and a smoke. There is no dancing allowed in the bar.
Sundhollin Swimming Pool

8) Sundhollin Swimming Pool

Reykjavik is famous for it geothermal waters. There are many pools in the city warmed by the earth, which locals really enjoy. Many locals like to come to the pool early in the morning before starting their day. Sundhollin Swimming Pool is the oldest swimming pool in the center of Reykjavík. It is a nice place to relax and to talk with locals. The native Reykjavik people like talking about politics, crises, etc.

Walking Tours in Reykjavik, Iceland

Create Your Own Walk in Reykjavik

Create Your Own Walk in Reykjavik

Creating your own self-guided walk in Reykjavik is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Churches Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Icelandic churches are unique, and much of the best architecture of Reykjavik can be found at its religious sites. Most churches in Reykjavik do not intrude on the picturesque and dramatic scenery surrounding them. The exception to this rule is Hallgrímskirkja, the most impressive church of the city. This self-guided tour will lead you to the religious sites of Reykjavik:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Reykjavik Introduction Walk

Reykjavik Introduction Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Museums Walking Tour in Reykjavik

Museums Walking Tour in Reykjavik

Reykjavik, a city of Viking heritage, offers a great variety of museums where you can see the artifacts that remain from the time of the Vikings. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most interesting museums of Reykjavik, revealing the rich Icelandic culture:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Shopping Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Shopping Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Shopping in Reykjavik is mainly centered around Laugavegur Street. There are many art galleries that sell the work of Icelandic artists, and there are some specialty shops that sell warm, winter clothes made in Iceland. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most noteworthy Icelandic shops:

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
South Reykjavik Walking Tour

South Reykjavik Walking Tour

Reykjavik attracts tourists, first of all, with its unique, picturesque sunsets and views of the sky and also with its thermal waters. The southern part of Reykjavik has some interesting tourist attractions, including a geothermal beach with a magnificent and unforgettable skyline, geysers and museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to these amazing places:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles