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Top Parks and Gardens in Reykjavik

Top Parks and Gardens in Reykjavik

Though Reykajvik is a relatively compact and laid-back capital, its always nice to find a green space to take a break from city life. From the thermal pool of Laugardalur to the art installations of Viðey, here are some of the best parks and gardens in Reykjavik. 

Laugardalur Park

Once the source of the city’s hot water supply, Laugardalur is a major center for recreation; the public swimming pool, fed by a geothermal spring, is accessible year-round and allows visitors to take a warm dip on a cold, winter’s day. There are also a concert arena, bike paths, a petting zoo, and botanical gardens.

Viðey

A short boat ride from Reykjavik city center takes you to the island of Viðey. In addition to birds, panoramic views, and a network of walking and bike trails, you’ll find Richard Serra’sÁfangar— which consists of 18 basalt columns—and Yoko Ono'sImagine Peace Tower, which is lit each  year between John Lennon’s birthday and the date of his death. 

 

Hljómskálagarður Park

Located at the southeast corner of Lake Tjörnin, Hljómskálagarður Park is popular with joggers and cyclists, and best-known for its collection of sculptures by five female Icelandic artists. The lake itself if an attractive spot to linger, especially for birdwatchers, who might spot Arctic terns, eider ducks, and whooping swans. 

Austurvöllur

Austurvöllur is a popular gathering place for locals due to its proximity to Parliament—it served as a significant spot during Iceland’s recent political protests. Locals flock here to soak up the elusive Icealndic sun and to hang out in the cafes of nearby Vallarstræti and Pósthússtræti.

Mæðragarðurinn

Dedicated to mothers with young children, Mæðragarðurinn is a popular spot for families. The park is home to a statue of a mother with a child that was created by famed Icelandic sculptor Nína Sæmundsson.

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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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Walking tour of Reykjavik city

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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Imagine Peace Tower | walking tour on Viðey island

Imagine Peace Tower | walking tour on Viðey island

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Watch Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower ignite the sky above Videy Island on a 1.5-hour tour from Reykjavik’s old harbor, and learn how Ono created the monument to honor her late husband, John Lennon. Travel by boat to the serene island, and follower your guide through the stark terrain; slip a peace message into a well at the site, ward off the chill with a warm drink in an island café then return to the bustling heart of Reykjavik. 
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Reykjavik City Card 72 hour

Reykjavik City Card 72 hour

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 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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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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Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik

Private Sightseeing Tour in Reykjavik

Unveil the secrets of the world’s northernmost capital city on this private 2-hour tour of Reykjavik. Enjoy a customized itinerary and the undivided attention of a private guide as you visit the landmark Hallgrimskirkja church, stroll the Botanic Gardens and wander around the lively Reykjavík Harbour. After ticking off the top sights, escape the city for the tranquil park and thermal pools of Laugardalur, or pay a visit to Árbæjarsafn Folk Museum or the National Museum of Iceland.
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Reykjavik City Card 48-hour

Reykjavik City Card 48-hour

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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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Reykjavík City Private Tour

Reykjavík City Private Tour

Private Reykjavík City Tour with a local guide who grew up in the city. Get a relaxed private introduction of some of the landmarks sites of Reykjavík. Visit places like Perlan, Harpa, Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavíkurhöfn, Þingholtin, Laugardalur and more. Learn about the history behind those places what they stand for and perhaps learn to say them like a local.
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