Reykjavik Cultural Tour

This tour takes you through the cultural life and literary history of Reykjavik and Iceland as a whole.

After pick-up we begin the day in Hljómskálagarður, the park south of the Reykjavik pond.

Our guide is Mr. Pall Valsson, holder of the Iceland President´s Literature Award for his biography of the writer and poet Jonas Hallgrimsson, the main writer of the 19th century´s Romantic era. Mr. Valsson is also the author of former president Mrs. Vigdis Finnbogadottir´s biography.

Our first stop is by the statue of the poet Jonas Hallgrimsson. From there we walk to the mosaic wall mural on the Customs House in Hafnarstræti from 1973.

We pass by the Eymundsson book store nearby where the guide will show you translations of icelandic literature, history and visual arts.

The tour continues to the office of the Prime Minister, which used to be a prison. From there we walk to the National Theatre where it stands, next to the former National Library.

Now the focus shifts to modern literature, we go to the café “Kaffibarinn”, the scene of the film 101 Reykjavik, based on a book with the same name by the author Hallgrímur Helgason. The guide will now present some of the most successful Icelandic writers, e.g. Arnaldur Indriðason, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Auður Jónsdóttir and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir.

We walk our way up the street Skólavörðustígur, to the Hallgrímskirkja church. Now the time is almost midday and we go to the Café Loki for lunch.

Now it´s time to visit one of the museums in Reykjavik, The Reykjavik Art Museum, The Iceland Art Museum or The Kjarvalsstadir Art Museum depending on the current exhibition. Your guide will choose the museum.

After visiting the art museum we drive to the former home and present museum of writer Halldór Laxness who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

Our last stop is Thingvellir, the scene of many of the Icelandic Sagas as well as a historic site and birth place of both the nation (the year 930) and our republic (year 1944).

We drive back to Reykjavik and drop you off at your hotel or guesthouse. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Dec.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Þingvellir, Hallgrimskirkja, Hljómskálagarður, Gljufrasteinn
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00

Please be ready from 8:40, Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • Guide

  • Transportation

  • Driver

  • Admission fees

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Rain clothes

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