Private City Tour Reykjavik
This Private City Tour takes you around Reykjavik and the capital area of Iceland.
Following stops in the private city tour Reykjavik:
Laugardalshöll is a multi-purpose sport and exhibition venue found in the Laugardalur area of Reykjavík capital. The arena consists of two main venues, a sports hall and an indoor arena for track and field athletics competitions. Laugardalshöll arena is also where Bobby Fisher and Boris Spassky played a chess match in 1972.
Found along Reykjavik’s spectacular waterfront is a charming whitewashed house known as Hofdi House. In 1986, a major world-historical event took place when the presidents of Russia and the US, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, met to end the Cold War. At Hofdi House, they effectively attempted to take the initial moves towards global disarmament.
Harpa Music Hall
Harpa is one of Reykjavík’s most remarkable landmarks and a heart of cultural and social life in the very heart of the city. Harpa is a tourist destination and an award-winning work of art that millions of people have visited since opening in 2011.
Harpa is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera, and Reykjavík Big Band, which hold regular concerts throughout the year. Múlinn Jazz club also resides in Harpa and the Classical Sundays Series, both offering shows regularly.
Various music festivities have been held in Harpa since the house began in 2011, and world-famous music bands, soloists, dance groups, and theatre companies have performed here. In addition, Harpa yearly offers Upptaktinn, the children’s music awards, and the musical mouse.
Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran church, found on top of the Skólavörðuhæð hill in the center of Reykjavík.
At 74.5 meters (245 feet) tall, it is the tallest church in Iceland, and its tower gives a spectacular panoramic scene over the city. The church was designed by one of Iceland’s most celebrated architects, Guðjón Samúelsson, who is said to have sought inspiration for his expressionistic design from elements of the Icelandic landscape.
The church took 41 years to develop, with building starting in 1945 and finishing in 1986. Outside the church stands one of the most important statues of one of Iceland’s most legendary Viking, Leifur Eiríksson, by American sculptor Alexander Stirling Calder; Eiríksson was a Norse adventurer from Iceland who discovered the continent of North America in the year 1000, more than half a century before Christopher Columbus.
The statue was a gift from the United States in 1930, on the millennial birthday of Iceland’s parliamentary body, the Alþingi, established in Þingvellir in 930 AD. Alþingi was the world’s first democratically elected parliament and is now located in downtown Reykjavík. The church’s tower is each day visited by hundreds of travelers who seek to enjoy its sweeping panorama of the city. The tower can be reached via a lift.
Perlan (‘The Pearl’) is a museum and rotating glass roof that stands on top of Öskjuhlíð Hill in Reykjavík; circled by the Öskjuhlíð park, it is one of Reykjavik’s most unique landmarks. The site was built on six water tanks that stored 24 million liters of Reykjavík’s hot water. Architect Ingimundur Sveinsson originally designed the construction in 1991; the hot water storage tanks that had stood on top of Öskjuhlíð since the mid-20th-century were modernized when the hemispherical glass dome was added on top.
The project was primarily curated by the respected politician Davíð Oddsson during his time as mayor of Reykjavík.
At night, the water tanks are ignited by floodlights that illuminate the building for all of the city to see. On top of the dome signals the airplanes flying to and from the nearby Reykjavík Domestic Airport.
Presidential Place Bessastaðir
Bessastaðir is the legal residence of the President of Iceland. It is also an important historic place that has played a leading role in the country’s history. The property of Bessastaðir has a history that goes from the Age of Settlement. A significant number of visitors come to Bessastaðir each year, either by invitation or as tourists. Bessastaðir was first established in 1000. It became one of Snorri Sturluson’s farms in the 13th century. After Snorri’s assassination in September 1241, Bessastaðir was claimed by the King of Norway.
Drive-by a sculpture called the Sun Voyager, an ode to the sun, drives through the downtown harbor area.
Might stop by a sculpture museum Ásmundarsafn and if you are lucky and have time to spare guide will take you to a local ice cream store.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up at request location|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please be ready by 8:45 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||At approximately 1:00 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing, good shoes, a hat, jacket, gloves, and sunscreen.|
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- Laugardalshöll arena
Laugardalshöll arena where Bobby Fisher and Boris Spassky played a chess match in 1972.
- House Höfði
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in 1986, for a summit that marked the beginning of the end of the Cold war.
- Harpa Music Hall
A concert and conference hall, located in the city center of Reykjavik.
- Hallgrímskirkja Church
Is one of Reykjavík’s main landmark and it´s 74,5 – meter high tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city.
Designed in the 1930´s and took over 40 years to build
- Perlan Dome
The Pearl is a museum and rotating glass dome that stands on top of Öskjuhlíð Hill in Reykjavík. It is one of the capital’s most distinctive landmarks
- Presidential Place Bessastaðir
Our version of the White house.