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How to Get Around in Reykjavik

How to Get Around in Reykjavik

Thanks to its compact size, Reykjavik is easy to navigate without a vehicle (and given the high cost of car rental in Iceland, you’re better off without one). From public transit and bus tours to simply walking, here’s how to get around the Icelandic capital.

Walking, Biking, and Segway Tours

The majority of Reykjavik’s top attractions are within a short distance of one another, making it easy to get around on foot or by bike. Walking tours are popular and typically cover the main sights or focus on a certain theme, such as Viking history or culinary heritage. Alternatively, cover more ground in less time by booking a bicycle or Segway tour.

Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus Tours

One of the best ways to familiarize yourself with a new city is with a hop-on hop-off tour. You can travel around Reykjavik in an open-top, double-decker bus, opting to stay on board for the whole route or get off at any stop that interests you, explore at your own pace, and then reboard and continue on. Bonus: Tickets are good for 24 hours.

Buses

Many visitors to Reykjavik make use of the private buses that travel between downtown Reykjavik and Keflavík International Airport. Straetó, the country's public bus system, also comes in handy for getting around the city and traveling to nearby towns, such as Mossfellsbær and Kópavogur—Reykjavik City Card holders ride free within the city. If you’re planning to travel much farther afield, however, you’ll save time and effort by joining a tour or renting a car.

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Reykjavik Food Walk

Reykjavik Food Walk

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Discover Reykjavik’s foodie scene and sample delicious Icelandic cuisine on this walking tour. Visit a variety of Reykjavik eateries from restaurants to food trucks, and sample a selection of traditional dishes and street food favorites including Icelandic cheeses, lamb, homemade ice cream, and the famous Icelandic hot dogs. Along the way, pass by landmarks such as Hallgrimskirkja, the Harpa concert hall, and Parliament House.
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Reykjavik City Walking Tour

Reykjavik City Walking Tour

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Get to know the spirit of Reykjavik on this walking tour of Iceland's capital. Follow your guide to the city's most important landmarks, including the Sun Voyager (Sólfar) sculpture, Harpa Concert Hall, the Old Harbour, the multicolored Thingholt houses, and the Hallgrímskirkja Church. Along the way, learn about the city's culture, history, and traditions through your guide's entertaining commentary. All entrance fees and light refreshments are included.
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City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover Reykjavik by City Sightseeing bus, and explore the Icelandic capital on a hop-on hop-off tour. Your voucher is valid for 24 hours, so use it to ride around Reykjavik and visit the attractions that interest you most. Hop off to visit Laugardalur Valley, Harpa Concert Hall and more, or stay on board for a full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn about the city.
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  • 1 hour
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Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland

Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland

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Iceland has a strong mythical tradition, with all sorts of elves, trolls, and other popular folkloric characters, not to mention 13 iterations of Santa. On this guided tour of Reykjavik, go into the oldest part of town to learn all about these creatures and their stories, with stops at the oldest graveyard in the city, an elf stone, and to the Reykjavik Pond, where aquatic monsters are believed to dwell.
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Reykjavík VIP CityWalk Tour

Reykjavík VIP CityWalk Tour

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Capital of Iceland—the Land of Fire and Ice—Reykjavík boasts a colorful history dating back to the days of the Vikings. On this small-group walking tour, limited to 10 people, explore the streets of Reykjavík with your Viking guide and hear the hidden secrets many visitors miss. With a traditional Viking lunch included, discover top attractions including Hallgrímskirkja and enjoy an immersive experience in the culture and traditions of Iceland.
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Reykjavik Walking Tour - Walk with a Viking

Reykjavik Walking Tour - Walk with a Viking

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Delve into Viking history and heritage in the Icelandic capital on this Reykjavik small-group walking tour. Follow your guide through the streets and parks of Reykjavik, and gain insight into the city’s strong Viking influences. Discover top city attractions including the Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrímskirkja Church, and pick up insider tips on the best places to eat and drink during your stay.
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Reykjavik City Card 72 hour
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Reykjavik City Card 72 hour

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Reykjavík is an expensive city to visit, but you can ease some of the pain on your wallet with the City Card. For 72 hours, you will enjoy free admission to top attractions, free entry to thermal baths, free public transport, and more.
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Reykjavik City Card 24-hour

Reykjavik City Card 24-hour

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This Reykjavik City Card eliminates the need to waste time in long ticket lines, and provides free entry to multiple Reykjavik attractions. Perfect for travelers with limited time—with this card, you’ll be able to plan a whistle-stop 24 hours of touring multiple top sights. Get free entry to Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park, Reykjavik thermal pools, the city’s best museums and galleries, and much more.
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Reykjavik City Card 48 hours

Reykjavik City Card 48 hours

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Sightseeing, especially in a pricey country such as Iceland, can get expensive. Entrance fees to attractions can quickly add up. Take the sting out of your visit to Reykjavík with the City Card: for 48 hours you'll enjoy free admission to top attractions, as well as other perks such as free transportation and discounts at restaurants.
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