Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja: Our most recommended tours and activities

Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

1. Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

A modern, trendy and forward-looking city that is at the same time rooted in nature, Reykjavik offers the best of both worlds and is a magical place to visit. Your 24 or 48-hour ticket gives you access to the city on a hop-on hop-off tour with on-board multi-lingual commentary. Mount Esja keeps lookout over this northernmost capital, and on a sunny day the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like and baby-blue on the western horizon. Take in sites such as the Reykjavik harbor, the Town Hall, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Pearl Hallsgrimschurch, and the Laugardalur thermal pools and spa. The tour stops along the route are as follows:  1- Harpa Concert Hall  2- The Old Harbour 3 - Viking Maritime Museum 4 - Whales of Iceland 5 - National Museum 6 - Laekjargata 7 - Laugavegur Shopping Street 8 - Reykjavik Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir 9 - Hallgrimskirkja 10 - BSI Bus Terminal 11 - Perlan 12 - Kringlan Shopping Centre 13 - Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 14 - Laugardalur Valley 15 - Skarfabakki Harbour (summer only) 16 - Hofdi House

Reykjavik: Panoramic Helicopter Flight with Summit Landing

2. Reykjavik: Panoramic Helicopter Flight with Summit Landing

Get a unique perspective of Reykjavik on a panoramic helicopter flight over the city, and land on a mountain summit for some panoramic views like no other! Make your way to Reykjavik Domestic Airport, only a 5-minute drive from the city center. Climb aboard the waiting helicopter and glide up and over Reykjavik’s landmark sights. Look down at attractions such as Hallgríms Church and the Harpa Concert Hall in the harbor. See the colorful rooftops of city houses from above, and get a bird’s eye view of where the Icelandic president lives. As the colorful rooftops slip away, brace yourself for the beautiful landscape surrounding the city. Land on top of one of the nearby mountains for unique photo opportunities, and maybe a selfie of you with the whole of Reykjavik in the background.

Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

3. Reykjavik: Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Viking

This walking tour is your introduction to Reykjavik. It will help you get your bearings and make the most of your stay in Iceland. Your guide will be your friend in the city with the goal to make sure you have the best time while in Reykjavik. This family friendly tour brings the history of Iceland to life with interesting stories and Icelandic mythology. You’ll visit all of the famous landmarks in the city center such as Harpa concert hall, Hallgrímskirkja Church (your guide will teach you how to pronounce that) and the Reykjavik pond. Your guide will also share hidden, local spots with you; things you’d miss if you didn’t know what to look for. Your guide will show you their favorite places to eat, drink and visit plus insider info on the best happy hour deals, should you be interested. The tour lasts approximately two hours and you’ll walk around 4 kilometers. This is a small-group tour, meaning there will never be more than 12 people on a tour at a time so that your guide can answer all of your questions and you can get to know each other a bit better. The aim of this tour is for you to experience the unique, friendly atmosphere of Reykjavik, not just to see the most popular tourist attractions. You'll even get a small lesson on the Icelandic language from your guide so that you can not only walk like a viking, but talk like one too.

Reykjavik: City Walking Tour

4. Reykjavik: City Walking Tour

Find your guide in front of Hallgrímskirkja Church by the statue of Leifur Eiríksson. This is on a hill and the highest ground of Reykjavík, from which you can get an overview of the area. From that point the walk is downhill and easy on the foot. The guide will take you through various streets of Reykjavík, passing by important buildings of great architecture and will detail their history as you walk by. You’ll get a great introduction to Iceland's history and culture. See the Harpa Concert Hall, beautiful on the inside, which also serves well as a warm stop on cold days which are frequent in Iceland. Continue the walk along the oceanfront before eventually moving inland to parliament and city hall. You can purchase lunch at a restaurant with meat, vegan, and fish options.

Reykjavik City Walking Tour

5. Reykjavik City Walking Tour

Take in the top attractions to be found in Iceland's capital on a walking tour. Admire Einar Jónsson's sculptures, Hallgrímskirkja church, the Old Harbour, and City Hall. Learn about Norse mythology, Viking homesteads, Iceland's volcanic history, and more from your local guide. Start your Reykjavik walking tour with a look at the striking Hallgrímskirkja church in the city center. Then, go to the beautiful sculpture garden of the Einar Jónsson Museum and learn all about Norse mythology before strolling through the quaint streets of the Þingholt neighborhood.  Continue to the city pond of Tjörnin pond to visit the geese and swans. Take a look at City Hall and see the super-sized topographical map of Iceland, where your guide will give explanations about the country's fascinating geology and volcanic history. Wind your way into the heart of the city to look at the parliament building, the modest but beautiful cathedral, and the site of the first Viking homesteads. Next, visit the Old Harbour and discover the impressive Harpa Concert Hall with views of the dramatic Sólfar sculpture overlooking the bay and Mount Esja.

Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

6. Reykjavik Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Reykjavik. Learn facts about the locations you visit, including sights such as the National Gallery of Iceland, Holavallagardur, Christ the King Cathedral, and more. To get started, simply download the tour app onto your phone and begin exploring Reykjavik at your own pace (download instructions received via email after booking). Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to start your tour wherever you prefer. Use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions throughout the city. As you explore, solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. Work as a team or add in some extra fun by completing in groups. Use logic, imagination, observation, and problem-solving skills to make your way around the city. Along the way, choose to stop for a coffee, lunch, or take a break at any time. Start your tour at the imposing sculpture 'Solfar'! Learn about Harpa an attraction with many visitors every year. Learn about Ingólfur Arnarson the founder of Reykjavík at the beautiful monument in his honor, and admire Culture house, one of Reykjavík's finest buildings. Reykjavík Cathedral will leave you speechless with its serene beauty. Visit Parliament House with its elegant appearance. Then Reykjavík City Hall awaits you, don't forget to take pictures, it's a beautiful modern building with an incredible 3D map of Iceland! The unrivaled National Gallery will be your next step, with its unique exhibits. Smile at rainbow street, made to embrace diversity. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Hallgrímskirkja the ultimate symbol of all of Reykjavík !!!

Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

7. Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

Take a trip to visit the most significant places in the capital and surrounding towns. Journey to visit the presidential residence at Bessastaðir and the town of Hafnarfjörður, where you will learn of how the “hidden people” and humans live together in harmony. Next visit Reykjavik to enjoy the spectacular views at the restaurant Perlan, which is built on water tanks holding the city’s hot water supply. Afterwards it’s on to Höfði house, where the all-important meeting between former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former U.S.S.R. Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986. Then visit the ancient Hallgrímskirkja church and the old town centre. You will find that the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, and the town hall are situated here. The final stop of the day will take you to the sports and recreation area in Laugardalur. Here you can explore the impressive geothermal heated outdoor swimming pool, and discover sculptures crafted by Ásmundur Sveinsson.

Reykjavik: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

8. Reykjavik: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the imposing sculpture 'Solfar'! Learn about Harpa an attraction with many visitors every year. Learn about Ingólfur Arnarson the founder of Reykjavík at the beautiful monument in his honor, and admire Culture house, one of Reykjavík's finest buildings. Reykjavík Cathedral will leave you speechless with its serene beauty. Visit Parliament House with its elegant appearance. Then Reykjavík City Hall awaits you, don't forget to take pictures, it's a beautiful modern building with an incredible 3D map of Iceland! The unrivaled National Gallery will be your next step, with its unique exhibits. Smile at rainbow street, made to embrace diversity. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Hallgrímskirkja the ultimate symbol of all of Reykjavík !!!

Reykjavik: Feline-Focused City Walking Tour

9. Reykjavik: Feline-Focused City Walking Tour

Follow your guide on a unique kitty-themed walking tour of downtown Reykjavik. Hear facinating tales from cat history around the world as you explore the streets of Reykjavik. See sights like the Hallgrimskirkja Church and the Statue Garden of Einar Jonsson. Meet your guide in the cozy, café-lined Ingólfur square in downtown Reykjavik. Learn the story of cats since the settlement of Iceland. Listen to Icelandic myths about cats and touch on some cat myths from around the world. Visit the one and only Reykjavik Cat Coffeehouse and have the chance to pet some cats. Enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa paired with a delicious Icelandic pastry while visiting the furry felines in the coffeehouse. Try to catch a glimpse of Baktus, Jonsi, and Ofelia, the most famous cats of downtown Reykjavik. Finish your tour amid the works of art in the Statue Garden of Einar Jonsson which is next to the expressionistic Hallgrimskirkja Church.

Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

10. Reykjavík City Sightseeing & Golden Circle Express

Combine the Greater Area Reykjavik Sightseeing and Golden Circle Express tours, and make the most of your day out exploring Reykjavik and Iceland. Start your tour of Iceland's capital city with a visit the Presidential Residence at Bessastaðir and Hafnarfjörður, the town where humans and the "hidden people" of Icelandic legends live together in harmony. Stop at Perlan Restaurant, where you have an incredible view over Reykjavík and its surroundings. You'll also visit Hallgrímskirkja Church, the University area and the Old Town Center, where you can see the Alþingi–Iceland's Parliament. You'll have free time to have lunch and explore colorful Reykjavik on your own before continuing on to the Icelandic countryside and Þingvellir National Park, renowned for its historic legacy and geological intrigue. Marvel at the unique and barren landscapes of the geothermal area surrounding the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur, then see majestic Gullfoss glacial waterfall. After a full day of sightseeing, head back to Reykjavik over Hellisheiði mountain, taking in the incredible scenery.

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What people are saying about Hallgrimskirkja

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4.2 / 5

based on 617 reviews

We really enjoyed our city walking tour and our guide was engaging and able to answer many of our questions. We covered a lot of ground and learned so much about the history of Iceland and Reykjavik. I highly recommend starting your time in the city with this tour so that you can double back to places that are pointed out and you found interesting and would like to spend more time enjoying.

Lovely walking tour full of history from a very friendly local. Stefan (apologies if spelling is incorrect) was nice and welcoming to our group of 5 weary and hungry travelers and provided a warm environment with plenty of history and some comedy to top it off.

All of the highlights were covered so that when we went back the next day we knew which attractions we wanted to hop off and spend some time at.

An interesting look into the world of Reykjavik in the eyes of a local guide. Really enjoyed our time

Icelanders are so friendly and helpful . Great to see the city and get your bearings xx