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One of Reykjavik's architectural masterpieces and greatest landmarks is also its cultural and social center.

Harpa: 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: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Cruise

2. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Luxury Yacht Cruise

Sail along the beautiful coastline of Iceland from Reykjavik Old Harbor and then head out to Faxa Bay to experience the city lights from a different perspective. Step aboard a luxury yacht for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The main objective of your tour is to get away from the lights to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the darkness of the ocean! Climate conditions permitting, see the natural phenomenon caused when particles from the sun hit the earth’s atmosphere to create a stunning choreography of lights in the sky. Get your cameras ready for some spectacular photo opportunities - the vessel is very stable, making it very convenient when taking photos. You will also find information and educational multimedia information about the Northern Lights aboard the boat.  Your experienced crew will keep an eye out for Aurora Borealis activity to find the best route to take. Sit back and enjoy the scenery from the vast darkness behind the small islands of Faxa Bay, including the island of Vioey where Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower lights up the night sky from October 9 to December 8 (and on a few other days of the year). See the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center with its distinctive colored glass façade inspired by the basalt landscape from a different angle. Marvel at The Sun Voyager ode to the sun statue by Jón Gunnar Árnason and the famous house of Höfði where an agreement was signed in 1986 to end the Cold War.   Escape the crowds and benefit from a luxury yacht cruise with fewer passengers, as group sizes are limited to enhance customer satisfaction and create a more intimate experience. If it gets chilly, wrap up in the warm blankets provide and enjoy hot drinks or refreshments that can be bought from the bar while waiting for the Northern Lights to appear.

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 City Sightseeing by Minibus

6. 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 City Self-Guided Tour

7. Reykjavik: City Introduction City Self-Guided Tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10 of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends(This is not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Reykjavik? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Reykjavik in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. 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 !!! Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Reykjavik: 3-Hour City Walking Tour for American Tourists

8. Reykjavik: 3-Hour City Walking Tour for American Tourists

See the best of the Icelandic capital on this 3-hour guided city walking tour. Visit main attractions as well as hidden gems and delve into history at the National Museum of Iceland. Start your walking adventure in front of the incredible Reykjavík Cathedral and capture stunning photos of the cathedral towering above you. Next, explore the colorful streets of Reykjavik's old town and admire its distinctive architecture. As you stroll, your guide will tell you anecdotes and interesting facts about the historical monuments along the route. See famous buildings in the city like the Harpa concert hall and Domkirkjan. Enjoy views over the sea at the harbor before heading into an indoor market. Continue to the National Museum of Iceland and immerse yourself in the history of this incredible island. Finish your tour at the beautiful Austurvollur Square.

Reykjavik: Private Walking Tour for the European Tourist

9. Reykjavik: Private Walking Tour for the European Tourist

Are you visiting from Europe, planning a trip to Reykjavik, and looking for the top sightseeing places in Reykjavik? The royal city of Reykjavik offers a long collection of museums, buildings, markets, and top attractions that you must visit once in a life. Explore the Old Town, which is just the beginning of the city's charms. The vibrant and cosmopolitan city offers you the chance to discover some of the richest examples of Nordic history. Get stunned with the streets full of history and its beautiful architectural examples. Get ready to experience Iceland from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about one of the most important cities in Europe.

Reykjavik: Private 3-Hour Walking Tour for Seniors

10. Reykjavik: Private 3-Hour Walking Tour for Seniors

This private tour of Reykjavik was designed with the help of experts to accommodate senior visitors. On this 3-hour walking tour see the city's top attractions and learn what made Reykjavik such a popular destination. Explore Reykjavik and visit its charming old town. The vibrant and cosmopolitan city offers you the chance to discover some of the richest examples of Nordic history. Be stunned by streets full of history and beautiful architectural examples. Experience Iceland from a different perspective. Follow your guide as they reveal secrets and interesting facts about Reykjavik.

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What people are saying about Harpa

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 630 reviews

Stephan was our Viking guide for the two hour tour. He was on time, took his time & did not rush through the tour. He was knowledgeable and had recommendations for places to see & eat. Was also helpful to other lost traveler’s who were looking for places. Over all great experience.

It was perfect! It met us at ship and we love the simplicity of getting on with vouchers for 48 hours ! Great staff clean buses and great Wi-Fi!

Perfect, friendly crew, the boat is very beautiful. The experience is pleasant, especially since we were in a small group.

Our guide, Martin (sp?) was spot on with his presentation and delivery skills…informative…relaxed…direct. Most enjoyable

Oli was excellent. Tour size was just right. Great time. Glad we booked this.