South Reykjavik Walking Tour, Reykjavik

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:
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South Reykjavik Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: South Reykjavik Walking Tour
Guide Location: Iceland » Reykjavik (See other walking tours in Reykjavik)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Author: vickyc
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Reykjavik Botanical Garden

1) Reykjavik Botanical Garden

Despite cold winters, Reykjavik has a very beautiful botanical garden that shouldn't be missed by lovers of botany. The garden was opened in 1961. At the garden, you can find local Icelandic plants, exotic plants, and many plants from different parts of the world. The garden is decorated with fountains, statues and ponds.
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Sculpture Museum

2) Sculpture Museum

The Reykjavík Art Museum - Ásmundarsafn - is a sculpture museum. You will find many appealing sculptures both inside the museum and in the surrounding gardens. There are also artists' drawings displayed here, in the former house of the Icelandic artist Ásmundur Sveinsson. It is a beautiful building created by the artist himself. Inside, there is a gift shop.

The museum is open daily: May 1st - Sept. 30th: at 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oct. 1st - April 30th: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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Laugarneskirkja Church

3) Laugarneskirkja Church

Laugarneskirkja Church is a small, but picturesque church in Reykjavik. It was designed by the architect Gudjon Samuelsson, who helped create many splendid buildings in Reykjavik. The church dates back to 1949. It is especially beautiful at night, when it is illuminated.
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Hofdi

4) Hofdi

Hofdi is a Reykjavík house built in 1909 that has picturesque seascape views. Initially, it was built for the French consul Jean-Paul Brillouin in Iceland and was the exclusive residence of poet and businessman Einar Benediktsson (1864-1940) for many years.[1] It is best known as the location for the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. That effectively was a step to the end of the Cold War. Even today, there are flags of these two countries on display. The city of Reykjavík purchased the house in 1958, restored it to its former glory. From that time used it for formal receptions and festive occasions. On 25 September 2009, on the building's 100th birthday, Höfði was damaged in a fire. All irreplaceable artifacts were saved. Many celebrities and rulers of various countries visited, lived or worked here. There is a sculpture in front of the house that represents the first Norwegian settler in Reykjavik.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Háteigskirkja Church

5) Háteigskirkja Church

Hateigskirkja is a local Reykjavik church, which is part of the state church. It has a very beautiful white color that makes it especially solemn during winter, when there is white snow around. It has two tall spires and two shorter spires. You can see beautiful religious pictures inside the church.
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Perlan (The Pearl)

6) Perlan (The Pearl) (must see)

Standing tall at 25.7 metres (84.3 ft) high, Perlan (English: The Pearl) is a landmark building in Reykjavík. 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 exhibition space on the ground floor, known as the Winter Garden. It has hosted concerts by Icelandic artists such as GusGus and Emilíana Torrini as well as various expos and markets. There is a viewing deck on the fourth floor. It contains panoramic telescopes at every six corners of the deck with recorded descriptions in five different languages. You can see several weak geysers here. On top of this tall construction, there is a restaurant with splendid views of the city. The building looks marvelous from the outside. Inside, you will find also some souvenir shops and a historical museum with wax figures.

Why You Should Visit:
The exhibitions are interactive and multi-media, all very engaging. The planetarium show is also very good.
The best part, however, is undoubtedly the ice caves: replicas of the insides of melting glaciers, made of real ice.

Tip:
Don't bother with the observatory ticket; just go straight to the cafe for a drink + amazing view.
If you plan to do the cave/glacier experience, bring gloves and a hat in case you will need them.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-7pm (last admission: 6pm)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Nauthólsvik Thermal Beach

7) Nauthólsvik Thermal Beach

Can you imagine swimming in the sea just a few kilometers from the Arctic Circle! In Reykjavik it is possible due to the natural, geothermal system that warms the water. Nauthólsvik Thermal Beach is a very clean, modern beach with golden sand. Not far from the beach there is a garden where you can see geysers.

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.
Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour

Reykjavik Everyday Life Walking Tour

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:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
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
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: 2.1 km
Art Galleries Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Art Galleries Walking Tour of Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a city rich with art and history. In its galleries you can find Icelandic arts dating from the time of the Vikings through to the modern age. Visual art is very popular in the capital. This self-guided tour will lead you through the best art galleries of Reykjavik:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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 interesting stroll through the splendid capital of Iceland:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
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: 4.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Reykjavik for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Reykjavik has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Reykjavik, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.