Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #2 in Reykjavik, Iceland


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Number of sights 11 sights
Distance 4 km
Ascend 0 m
Descend 0 m

Experience Reykjavik in Iceland in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in ReykjavikIndividual Sights in Reykjavik

Sight 1: Hofdi house

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Höfði is a house in Reykjavík, Iceland, best known as the location for the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of President Ronald Reagan of the United States and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union. This meeting was an important step towards ending of the Cold War. Within the building, the flags of the United States and the Soviet Union are cross-hung to commemorate the meeting.

Wikipedia: Höfði (EN)

1092 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 2: Sun Voyager

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The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the Sæbraut road in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the Sun. The artist intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.

Wikipedia: The Sun Voyager (EN)

621 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 3: National Theatre of Iceland

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The National Theatre of Iceland (NTI) in Reykjavík, is the national theatre of Iceland. The theater, designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, was formally opened on 20 April 1950. Since 2020, the artistic director of The National Theatre is Magnús Geir Þórðarsson.

Wikipedia: National Theatre of Iceland (EN), Website

174 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: The Culture House

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Safnahúsið, formerly Þjóðmenningarhúsið, is an exhibition space in Reykjavík, Iceland, which houses an exhibition, Points of View, drawn from various national museums and other cultural institutions. It has been part of the National Museum of Iceland since 2013. The director is Markús Þór Andrésson. The building, Hverfisgata 15, was constructed to house the National Library and at one time also housed a number of other museums.

Wikipedia: Safnahúsið (EN)

134 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 5: Arnarhóll

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Arnarhóll is a hill next to the centre of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city. It is named after Iceland's bequeathed first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson. Icelandic ministries are situated near it and events take place on it.

Wikipedia: Arnarhóll (EN)

408 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 6: Reykjavík Cathedral

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Reykjavík Cathedral is a cathedral church in Reykjavík, Iceland, the seat of the Bishop of Iceland and mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, as well as the parish church of the old city centre and environs. It is located at Austurvöllur, and next to it is Alþingishúsið. Since Iceland's parliament, the Alþingi, was resurrected in 1845, each session of parliament has begun with a Mass at the cathedral, and from there the dean of the cathedral leads the members of parliament to the parliament house.

Wikipedia: Reykjavík Cathedral (EN)

55 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 7: Alþingisgarðurinn

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AlþingisgarðurinnGhislain Mary from Paris, France / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Parliament House garden is an ornamental garden behind the Parliament House. The park is one of the first organized ornamental gardens in Iceland. The parliament garden was to a large extent the handiwork of Tryggvi Gunnarsson and there he chose a burial place.

Wikipedia: Alþingishúsgarðurinn (IS)

347 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 8: Fríkirkjan í Reykjavík

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The Fríkirkjan í Reykjavík is a Lutheran church independent from the Church of Iceland, the established church of Iceland. It lies in the centre of the Icelandic capital, by the lake Tjörnin.

Wikipedia: Fríkirkjan í Reykjavík (EN)

1 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 9: National Gallery of Iceland

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National Gallery of Iceland No machine-readable author provided. Akigka assumed (based on copyright claims). / CC BY-SA 3.0

The National Gallery of Iceland is an art museum in Reykjavík which contains a collection of Icelandic art. The gallery features artwork of famous Icelandic artists and artwork that helps explain the traditional Icelandic culture.

Wikipedia: National Gallery of Iceland (EN)

361 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 10: Hljómskálagarðurinn Park

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Hljómskálagarður is a botanical garden in the center of Reykjavík, named after the Hljómskáli that stands in it. A part of the pond is also within the park. There are several statues in Hljómskálagarður, including a statue of Jónas Hallgrímsson, which previously stood on Lækjargata, and another of Bertel Thorvaldsen, which originally stood in Austurvöllur. There are facilities in the garden for barbecuing and a playground for children.

Wikipedia: Hljómskálagarðurinn (IS)

785 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 11: Einar Jónsson Museum

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The Einar Jónsson Museum is an art museum on Skólavörðuhæð in Reykjavík. The house of the museum is called Hnitbjörg. In the museum, Einar Jónsson's works, both sculptures and paintings, are preserved and exhibited. The museum operates according to the register of succession of Einar Jónsson and his wife Anna Jørgensen Jónsson, from 11 September 1954. The register of succession states that the role of the museum is to preserve, exhibit and research Einar Jónsson's works, keep a record of them, records of his life and other matters relating to the artist's life and art. The collection was Einar's gift to the Icelandic state.

Wikipedia: Listasafn Einars Jónssonar (IS), Website


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