South Reykjavik Walking Tour (Self Guided), 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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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 or 3.6 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Reykjavik Botanical Garden
  • Sculpture Museum
  • Laugarneskirkja Church
  • Hofdi
  • Háteigskirkja Church
  • Perlan (The Pearl)
  • Nauthólsvik Thermal Beach
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.
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.
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.

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
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.
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.

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
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

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Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
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Historical Churches

Historical Churches

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: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles