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Hallgrim's Church (Hallgrímskirkja) Tours

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Hallgrim's Church (Hallgrímskirkja)
Named after Reverend Hallgrimur Petursson, author of Iceland’s most popular hymn book, Passion Hymns (Passiusalmar), Hallgrim's Church (Hallgrímskirkja) is an unmistakable landmark in downtown Reykjavik. Visible throughout the city, the tower of the white concrete Lutheran church offers some of the best views of the Reykjavik skyline and surrounding area.
 
The Basics
For a small fee, the church’s elevator whisks you to the top of the tower for 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape: the colorful roofs of the city and nearby snow-capped mountains. Entrance is often included in walking tours of the city.
 
Other city sightseeing tours (group or private), by bus or Segway, stop at the church so that you can admire the architecture from outside. Hallgrimskirkja (sometimes translated Hallgrimur's Church) is also a stop on most hop-on hop-off Reykjavik bus tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hallgrimskirkja is a must-visit destination for architecture and history lovers.
  • Access to the tower is only by elevator. At the top, there are a few steps to the open-air viewing platform.
  • The tower is closed during Sunday mass.
  • Hallgrimskirkja is a working church and so may be closed, without notice, due to weddings or funerals.
  • Everyone is welcome to join services, but, to avoid disturbance, you should stay for the duration.
  • The sweeping columns on either side of the tower represent volcanic basalt.
 
How to Get There
Standing at the top of a hill in the center of Reykjavik and visible from 12 miles (19 kilometers) away, the church is difficult to miss. Just walk up the hill from any side and you'll be there. It’s a short walk from Reykjavik Town Hall.
 
When to Get There
Hallgrim's Church is open year-round, from early morning to evening (slightly later in summer). From mid-June through mid-August, the church hosts a summer concert series, three times per week, in which you can hear the vast 5,275-pipe organ in action.
 
Statue of Leif Erikson
Alexander Stirling Calder, famed American sculptor and father of the even more notable Alexander Calder, created the statue of the Norse explorer Leif Erikson (the first European to discover North America) that sits in front of the church. It was a gift from the US in 1930 to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Iceland’s parliament.
Address: Skólavörðuholt, Reykjavik, Iceland
Admission: Free. Tower: Adults 500 kr, Children 100 kr
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Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

Reykjavik City Sightseeing by Minibus

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See all of Reykjavik's landmarks on this comprehensive minibus tour. Great for travelers with just a short time to spend, this guided excursion hits all of the city's important highlights. Visit the Harpa Concert Hall, the presidential residence at Bessastadir, and Hallgrimskirkja. Enjoy engaging commentary from your local guide and round-trip transportation from your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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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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  • 3 hours
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Mountain Helicopter Tour with Summit Landing from Reykjavik

Mountain Helicopter Tour with Summit Landing from Reykjavik

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Enjoy awe-inspiring aerial views of Reykjavik and its mountains on this Iceland helicopter tour. Choose a morning or afternoon flight, and thrill as your helicopter whirrs upwards and soars over Reykjavik and the mountains north of the city. Touch down on the flat summit of Mt Esja or a nearby mountain, step out of your helicopter, and take photos of the panoramas that stretch down over Reykjavik, the Atlantic and the nearby peaks. These Iceland helicopter tours take off from and touch back down at the Reykjavik domestic airport.
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  • 30 to 45 minutes
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Small-Group Golden Circle Tour including Kerid, Fridheimar & Icelandic Horses

Small-Group Golden Circle Tour including Kerid, Fridheimar & Icelandic Horses

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Tick off more of Iceland’s natural wonders in less time on this small-group tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle. Departing from Reykjavik, you’ll marvel at Geysir Geyser, Gulfoss Waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates collide. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik are included.
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  • 8 hours
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City Sightseeing by Minibus and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Discover Iceland’s city sights by morning, and its waterfalls and geysers by afternoon. This full-day combo tour is a great way to experience Reykjavik and its surrounding sights. Start with a coach tour around urban landmarks like the Bessastadir presidential residence, and then swap the city sights for the natural wonders of Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir.
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  • 10 hours
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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 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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  • 2 hours
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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour by Minibus

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour by Minibus

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Discover top attractions in the Icelandic capital on this 3 hour sightseeing shore excursion by minibus.Travel through Reykjavik by air-conditioned coach with your guide and admire many of the sites for which the city is famous. Visit the presidential residence at Bessastaðir. Stop in the town of Hafnarfjörður on route to the Perlan building. Head to Hofdi House and Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik’s iconic cathedral. Stroll through the Old Town, home to the Icelandic parliament the Town Hall. Finish your tour at the sports and recreation center in Laugardalur, then return to port.
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  • 3 hours
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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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Reykjavík Sightseeing & Blue Lagoon Including Admission

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Make the most of your time in Iceland by seeing the top sites of Reykjavík and visiting the Blue Lagoon in a day. After a convenient pickup from your accommodation, travel with ease between dispersed sites in a comfortable vehicle. A guide makes sure you get the most out of your trip with fascinating commentary about the history of Reykjavík. Also avoid long lines by having tickets to the healing geothermal spa area of the Blue Lagoon included.
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  • 6 hours
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Golden Circle Waterfall Tour and Volcano Lake Crater Small-Group on Minibus!

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Visit top Iceland Golden Circle sites in just one day on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Travel with a small group to must-see attractions such as Thingvellir National Park, famous Geysir, Gullfoss Falls, and Kerid volcanic crater lake, all while enjoying the free onboard Wi-Fi and commentary from your guide. Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Reykjavik hotel.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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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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  • 3 hours
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Walking tour of Reykjavik city

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Get oriented in Reykjavik and kickstart your Iceland adventure on this small-group guided walking tour, available at multiple departure times. Learn about Iceland’s early history at the Anarholl Statue, see Laugavegur main street, Austurvollur Square, and Lake Tjornin, and admire the landmark concrete Hallgrim’s Church, a concert hall, and a sculpture garden, plus plenty of street art. Along the way, try a traditional Icelandic snack: schnapps with dried fish.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Funky History Walking Tour of Reykjavik with Lunch Included

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Learn all about Iceland's fascinating history and get entertained in the process with this history walk through Reykjavik. Your local English-speaking guide will meet you at the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church and take you back in time, teaching you all about the Iceland of yore while regaling you with hilarious local stories as you explore the town on foot.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Funky Food & Beer Walk of Reykjavik

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Combine history with gastronomy on this fun-and-food-filled, small-group crawl through the capital. Discover Reykjavik’s best-known landmarks, including Parliament House, the iconic church tower of Hallgrimskirkja, and Einar Jónsson's Sculpture Garden. You’ll get a taste of nine local foods along the way, from fermented shark to lamb soup, paired with five Icelandic craft beers.
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  • 3 hours
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Reykjavik city tour: Local food, beer & chocolate factory tour

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Discover the food and culture of Reykjavik with this lighthearted walking tour around the city’s eateries and museums. With a local as your guide, you’ll learn about the Icelandic Vikings, visit quirky attractions such as the Icelandic Phallological Museum (aka the Penis Museum), and enjoy a 2-course dinner with an Icelandic beer tasting session. It’s a great way to discover the city’s character, away from the main tourist trail.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Northern Lights Minibus Tour from Reykjavik Including Free Photos

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Spotting the northern lights is notoriously tricky. Greatly increase your chances on this tour from Reykjavík that takes you out into the countryside and away from the light pollution of the city. The exact location of the tour depends on each night's weather conditions and forecast but be confident that your experience aurora-hunter guides will find the most optimal spot to see the magical light show.
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Walk with a Viking: Private Tour of Reykjavik's Top Sights and Local Spots

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Get acquainted with Reykjavik on a private tour that shows you the city’s highlights and hidden gems. The perfect way for new arrivals to get to know the city, this tour introduces you to Iceland’s culture and history through exciting stories, myths, and historical details. Plus, your guide provides recommendations for local-favorite restaurants, bars, and shops so you can get off the tourist path.
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  • 2 hours
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The Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour

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Reykjavík is the world’s most northerly capital, with more than one-third of Iceland’s population. Today Reykjavík is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries, and theaters. You can visit the most important sights of the city, including the Old Town, the Hofdi house, Harpa Conference Centre, Althingi the House of Parliament, the city cathedral, Hallgrimskirkja church, Botanical Garden of Laugardalur, the “Pearl” (no entrance fees included in this tour) and many more iconic buildings and beautiful places. CO2 OFFSETTING: 1 Trees planted Carbon Dioxide Footprint: Oak Travel Service is proud to support responsible travel in Iceland. The Kolviður Fund we neutralize the carbon dioxide footprint of all our tours and service without no extra costs for our customers.
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  • 3 hours
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Reykjavik Main Sights and Hidden Spots Audio Walking Tour by VoiceMap

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Explore the capital city, Reykjavik, at your leisure on a self-guided walking tour of the city. Once downloaded, the tour app operates offline using GPS and can be paused anytime. Begin at Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, then wind through the heart of the city with stops at several historic and modern landmarks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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6D5N Free & Easy Iceland | Golden Circle, Reykjavik City Tour & Airport Transfer

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Exploring Iceland has never been easier. With all the transportation and accommodations taken care of, you can simply decide what you like to experience in Iceland and enjoy them thoroughly. This Free & Easy itinerary allows you to choose (from our buffet of activities) what suits you the most and you can simply add them to your free time slots. Have everything within your control without having to fuss over the minor stuff. Day 1 - Arrival. Transfer to Hotel. Suggest to add Aurora Hunting Tour or Blue Lagoon on this day. Day 2 - Golden Circle Day Tour. Suggest to add Aurora Hunting Tour if you have not done so on day 1. Day 3 - Reykjavik City Hop-on-hop-off Tour. Suggest to add Whale-watching Tour or Lava Tunnel Tour. Day 4 - Free at leisure. Suggest to add 2D1N South Coast & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Tour. Day 5 - Free at leisure. If you are not with the South Coast Tour, suggest to add Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour or Ice Cave Tour. Day 6 - Departure.
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Icelandic food tasting & city walk

Icelandic food tasting & city walk

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A small group tour with a local and personal touch. We will take you on a walk around the old Reykjavík, visiting the highlights and landmarks of the city and introducing you to the culture, history, customs and the people as well as trying the traditional food. We will visit a hidden traditional restaurant where you will have a taste of the food and learn about the food culture in Iceland, that has changed dramatically during the last century. You will also try some traditional pastries and delicious ice cream.
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  • 4 hours
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Magnificent Icelandic Winter. Northern Lights & Golden Circle Combo!

Magnificent Icelandic Winter. Northern Lights & Golden Circle Combo!

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Cover Iceland’s most iconic attractions in a single day during this full-day, action-packed combo tour. Explore the stunning Golden Circle route by comfortable, WIFI-equipped minibus. Stop at a mix of natural highlights, including Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur hot springs, and Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet. Then, set out in search of the elusive Aurora Borealis during a special after-hours supplement.
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  • 9 hours
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 Reykjavik Excursion & Blue Lagoon - Private Tour

Reykjavik Excursion & Blue Lagoon - Private Tour

The excursion will take place in the center of Reykjavik, you will visit the most remarkable architectural sights and historical places of the city. During this fascinating tour, you will get acquainted with the history and main places of Reykjavik and will end the day by taking a rest in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon. This tour is ideal for those who want to plunge into city life and relax in the peaceful landscapes of the world-famous spa resort. The entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon is excluded from the tour price. The reservation to the Blue Lagoon will be done after the tour booking, the recommend the time to arrive at the lagoon at 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM. If another available time to be reserved for bathing at the lagoon, then we shall fit the pickup time for the excursion in Reykjavik with a time of visiting the Blue Lagoon.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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