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Reykjavik: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Reykjavik: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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. Tour Stops: 1- Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre 2- The Old Harbour 3 - Reykjavik 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

Reykjavík City Card

Reykjavík City Card

Explore the world’s northernmost capital at your own pace with a Reykjavik City Card, and discover dozens of things to see and do. Experience the bustling energy of a cosmopolitan city, the thundering thermal energy of the ground beneath your feet and the serene atmosphere of the surrounding landscape. From the avant-garde to the historical, Reykjavík’s galleries, museums and theaters support a vibrant and sophisticated artistic scene, along with annual festivals, special exhibitions and stage productions that keep the cultural calendar full year round. Benefit from free entry to a great selection of museums and galleries, access to all the geothermal swimming pools in the city and free, unlimited travel by bus within the capital area. In addition, the card includes a free ferry ride to Viðey island, along with discounts for services, tours and shops.  Admission to museums is free of charge for those under 18 years of age, but there are fees for children aged 6 and older on city buses. There are also entrance fees for children (aged 6 and over) at the thermal pools and at the Animal Zoo and Family Park. Senior visitors (aged 70 and over) do not pay admission to the thermal pools. In addition, the National Museum, Culture House and National Gallery of Iceland offer seniors (aged 67 and over) a 50% discount on admission.

Reykjavík: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Perlan Museum Entry Ticket

Reykjavík: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Perlan Museum Entry Ticket

Explore Reykjavík City at your own pace on the Hop on Hop off bus. With the best of both worlds; a modern trendy and forward-looking city whilst at the same time being close to its unspoiled nature, Reykjavík truly is a magical place to behold. At the Perlan Museum artist and technologists have joined forces to create a truly remarkable exhibition. Visitors will feel the power of volcanoes and earthquakes. Included is also a ticket to the Northern Lights Expedition and the Ice Cave. The entrance ticket to Perlan is valid on the day that you choose to book.

Reykjavík: National Museum of Iceland Entry Ticket

Reykjavík: National Museum of Iceland Entry Ticket

The museum's permanent exhibition offers a unique insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the Settlement to the present day, guided by the question: What makes a nation? It is conceived as a journey through time: it begins with the ship in which medieval settlers crossed the ocean to their new home, it ends in a modern airport, the Icelanders' gateway to the world. The exhibition includes about 2000 artifacts, dating from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as photographs from the 20th century. You'll see the famous figure of Thor, dated from the year 1000, the first bible printed in Iceland in the 16th century, still considered one of the most beautiful prints in Icelandic and beautiful artifacts from mediaeval churches - among other fascinating artifacts. Your ticket grant access to all exhibition at the Museum, including temporary exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions vary from time to time, but most reflect on Icelandic culture.

Reykjavik: Private 3-Hour Walking Tour for Seniors

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.

Self-guided audio guide Reykjavik iceland

Self-guided audio guide Reykjavik iceland

Discover the highlights of Reykjavik on a self-guided tour. Explore the city's iconic landmarks, including Hallgrímskirkja, Laugavegur, and the National Museum of Iceland. Enjoy a guided tour of Harpa Concert Hall and Old Harbour, and watch the sunset at Grótta Lighthouse. Start your day at Hallgrímskirkja, Iceland's largest church and one of its most iconic landmarks. The church's tower offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Afterward, stroll down Skólavörðustígur Street, lined with boutiques, art galleries, and cafes, leading you towards the heart of downtown Reykjavik. Explore Laugavegur, one of Reykjavik's oldest and busiest shopping streets. Here, you'll find a mix of fashion, design, and local handicrafts, perfect for souvenirs. Head towards the waterfront to visit Harpa, the stunning concert hall and conference center known for its distinctive glass façade inspired by Iceland's basalt landscapes. Join a guided tour to learn about the architecture and the cultural significance of this modern marvel. Walk along the Old Harbour, where you can soak in the maritime vibe. The harbour area is home to several excellent seafood restaurants where you can stop for lunch. Consider visiting the Reykjavik Maritime Museum to learn about Iceland's fishing heritage. After lunch, make your way to the National Museum of Iceland, which offers a comprehensive overview of Icelandic history from the settlement to the present day. The museum's exhibits provide insights into Viking life, medieval times, and modern Icelandic culture. Take a leisurely walk around Tjörnin, the picturesque pond in central Reykjavik. Here, you'll find City Hall and several charming park areas. It's a popular spot for both locals and visitors to feed the ducks and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. For a beautiful sunset, drive or take a bus to the Grótta Lighthouse at the city's northwestern tip. The area around the lighthouse is known for its coastal beauty, birdwatching opportunities, and, during winter, as a spot to view the Northern Lights. Conclude your day with dinner at one of Reykjavik's gourmet restaurants, offering everything from traditional Icelandic cuisine to international dishes. The city's culinary scene is vibrant and diverse, ensuring there's something to suit every palate.

National Museum of Iceland: Our most recommended tours and activities

Reykjavik: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Reykjavik: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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. Tour Stops: 1- Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre 2- The Old Harbour 3 - Reykjavik 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

Reykjavík City Card

Reykjavík City Card

Explore the world’s northernmost capital at your own pace with a Reykjavik City Card, and discover dozens of things to see and do. Experience the bustling energy of a cosmopolitan city, the thundering thermal energy of the ground beneath your feet and the serene atmosphere of the surrounding landscape. From the avant-garde to the historical, Reykjavík’s galleries, museums and theaters support a vibrant and sophisticated artistic scene, along with annual festivals, special exhibitions and stage productions that keep the cultural calendar full year round. Benefit from free entry to a great selection of museums and galleries, access to all the geothermal swimming pools in the city and free, unlimited travel by bus within the capital area. In addition, the card includes a free ferry ride to Viðey island, along with discounts for services, tours and shops.  Admission to museums is free of charge for those under 18 years of age, but there are fees for children aged 6 and older on city buses. There are also entrance fees for children (aged 6 and over) at the thermal pools and at the Animal Zoo and Family Park. Senior visitors (aged 70 and over) do not pay admission to the thermal pools. In addition, the National Museum, Culture House and National Gallery of Iceland offer seniors (aged 67 and over) a 50% discount on admission.

Reykjavík: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Perlan Museum Entry Ticket

Reykjavík: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Perlan Museum Entry Ticket

Explore Reykjavík City at your own pace on the Hop on Hop off bus. With the best of both worlds; a modern trendy and forward-looking city whilst at the same time being close to its unspoiled nature, Reykjavík truly is a magical place to behold. At the Perlan Museum artist and technologists have joined forces to create a truly remarkable exhibition. Visitors will feel the power of volcanoes and earthquakes. Included is also a ticket to the Northern Lights Expedition and the Ice Cave. The entrance ticket to Perlan is valid on the day that you choose to book.

Reykjavík: National Museum of Iceland Entry Ticket

Reykjavík: National Museum of Iceland Entry Ticket

The museum's permanent exhibition offers a unique insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the Settlement to the present day, guided by the question: What makes a nation? It is conceived as a journey through time: it begins with the ship in which medieval settlers crossed the ocean to their new home, it ends in a modern airport, the Icelanders' gateway to the world. The exhibition includes about 2000 artifacts, dating from the Settlement Age to the present, as well as photographs from the 20th century. You'll see the famous figure of Thor, dated from the year 1000, the first bible printed in Iceland in the 16th century, still considered one of the most beautiful prints in Icelandic and beautiful artifacts from mediaeval churches - among other fascinating artifacts. Your ticket grant access to all exhibition at the Museum, including temporary exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions vary from time to time, but most reflect on Icelandic culture.

Reykjavik: Private 3-Hour Walking Tour for Seniors

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.

Self-guided audio guide Reykjavik iceland

Self-guided audio guide Reykjavik iceland

Discover the highlights of Reykjavik on a self-guided tour. Explore the city's iconic landmarks, including Hallgrímskirkja, Laugavegur, and the National Museum of Iceland. Enjoy a guided tour of Harpa Concert Hall and Old Harbour, and watch the sunset at Grótta Lighthouse. Start your day at Hallgrímskirkja, Iceland's largest church and one of its most iconic landmarks. The church's tower offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Afterward, stroll down Skólavörðustígur Street, lined with boutiques, art galleries, and cafes, leading you towards the heart of downtown Reykjavik. Explore Laugavegur, one of Reykjavik's oldest and busiest shopping streets. Here, you'll find a mix of fashion, design, and local handicrafts, perfect for souvenirs. Head towards the waterfront to visit Harpa, the stunning concert hall and conference center known for its distinctive glass façade inspired by Iceland's basalt landscapes. Join a guided tour to learn about the architecture and the cultural significance of this modern marvel. Walk along the Old Harbour, where you can soak in the maritime vibe. The harbour area is home to several excellent seafood restaurants where you can stop for lunch. Consider visiting the Reykjavik Maritime Museum to learn about Iceland's fishing heritage. After lunch, make your way to the National Museum of Iceland, which offers a comprehensive overview of Icelandic history from the settlement to the present day. The museum's exhibits provide insights into Viking life, medieval times, and modern Icelandic culture. Take a leisurely walk around Tjörnin, the picturesque pond in central Reykjavik. Here, you'll find City Hall and several charming park areas. It's a popular spot for both locals and visitors to feed the ducks and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. For a beautiful sunset, drive or take a bus to the Grótta Lighthouse at the city's northwestern tip. The area around the lighthouse is known for its coastal beauty, birdwatching opportunities, and, during winter, as a spot to view the Northern Lights. Conclude your day with dinner at one of Reykjavik's gourmet restaurants, offering everything from traditional Icelandic cuisine to international dishes. The city's culinary scene is vibrant and diverse, ensuring there's something to suit every palate.

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There was so much available to do in the card; something for everyone & easy to use. For instance, I wanted to see ancient Reykjavic ruins @ Adalstraeti (underneath Reykjavic very cool), J wanted to walk through a field w/cottages, living roof, & stables at historical Arbaer Open air museum, whilst D wanted tactile experience of a true glacial cave with volcanic ash as well as full digital immersion of northern lights, volcanic activity @ Perlan Museum (Perlan gave us discounted rates with the card). Card paid for itself plus the bus schedule was easily listed with Google maps should you need it. It’s comparable to my past travels using Copenhagen Card, London Pass (with Oyster Card), Paris Pass. Plus, the card provided me with a list of attractions to read about to prioritize my time & plan.

This pass offers good value for traveling around Reykjavik. Buses can take you to many places. I especially enjoyed the Marine Museum and the very weird Modern Art Museum. I even took the ferry to the island of Videy, which, unfortunately, was unoccupied. Apparently, the restaurant owners left a couple of weeks ago! At least, I found an open restroom. The famous sculpture by Yoko Ono is just a round cylinder which lights up for only a few months later in the year. I should have visited one of the several hot springs. The only downside to the pass is that it has to be activated at a museum which means it is no good for taking a bus from the airport bus terminal into town. I would buy this pass again should I ever make another visit to Reykjavik.

We bought the 24 hour card and utilized many features including busses, museum and art gallery entrance and even a visit to one of the local swimming pools. We found it to be excellent value.

The Perlan Museum is absolutely worth seeing, especially if you only have a little time to spend there.

Very good informative tour through Reykjavik. Reykjavik is worth a visit!