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Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

1. Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket

A modern, trendy and forward-looking city that is at the same time rooted in nature, Reykjavik offers the best of both worlds and is a magical place to visit. Your 24 or 48-hour ticket gives you access to the city on a hop-on hop-off tour with on-board multi-lingual commentary. Mount Esja keeps lookout over this northernmost capital, and on a sunny day the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like and baby-blue on the western horizon. Take in sites such as the Reykjavik harbor, the Town Hall, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Pearl Hallsgrimschurch, and the Laugardalur thermal pools and spa. The tour stops along the route are as follows:  1- Harpa Concert Hall  2- The Old Harbour 3 - Viking Maritime Museum 4 - Whales of Iceland 5 - National Museum 6 - Laekjargata 7 - Laugavegur Shopping Street 8 - Reykjavik Art Museum 9 - Hallgrimskirkja 10 - BSI Bus Terminal 11 - Perlan 12 - Kringlan Shopping Centre 13 - Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 14 - Laugardalur Valley 15 - Skarfabakki Harbour (summer only) 16 - Hofdi House

Iceland’s Golden Circle & Whale Watching Full-Day Tour

2. Iceland’s Golden Circle & Whale Watching Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a 2-part tour of Iceland to experience some of its top attractions, including a morning cruise to observe humpback whales, harbor porpoise, and white-beaked dolphin. Add on a Golden Circle express tour in the afternoon for a full-day of fun. On the unforgettable whale watching tour you will observe whales in their native environment, and see local birdlife, such as puffins, Arctic terns, gannet and many varieties of gull. Killer whales and humpback whales are common sights in Iceland in winter, while minke whales, porpoises, and dolphins are frequently seen all year round. After the whale watching tour, you will be picked up from the harbour at 12:30 for the Golden Circle afternoon tour. Start your bus tour at the Þingvellir National Park to see where the Icelandic parliament Alþingi was established in the year 930 AD. Geologically it is remarkable, with tectonic plate boundaries that form a breathtaking scenery. Next, visit the impressive Gullfoss Waterfall, and the spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur. Although the afternoon coach tour is an express tour, you will see some of the best historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland. Before your return to Reykjavík, pass the astonishing village of Hveragerði, known for its greenhouses heated by hot volcanic springs.

Reykjavik: Old Town, National Museum, & Laugavegur Tour

3. Reykjavik: Old Town, National Museum, & Laugavegur Tour

See some of the top sights in Reykjavik on a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town, the National Museum of Iceland, and the Laugavegur shopping district. Learn about the sights and how they figure into Iceland's history. Take a guided tour through the National Museum and familiarize yourself with the local history and culture. Explore Laugavegur, one of the oldest streets in Iceland. Stroll past colorful restaurants, shops, and bars on this charming thoroughfare.

Reykjavik: 3-Hour City Walking Tour for American Tourists

4. Reykjavik: 3-Hour City Walking Tour for American Tourists

See the best of the Icelandic capital on this 3-hour guided city walking tour. Visit main attractions as well as hidden gems and delve into history at the National Museum of Iceland. Start your walking adventure in front of the incredible Reykjavík Cathedral and capture stunning photos of the cathedral towering above you. Next, explore the colorful streets of Reykjavik's old town and admire its distinctive architecture. As you stroll, your guide will tell you anecdotes and interesting facts about the historical monuments along the route. See famous buildings in the city like the Harpa concert hall and Domkirkjan. Enjoy views over the sea at the harbor before heading into an indoor market. Continue to the National Museum of Iceland and immerse yourself in the history of this incredible island. Finish your tour at the beautiful Austurvollur Square.

Reykjavik: Private 3-Hour Walking Tour for Seniors

5. Reykjavik: Private 3-Hour Walking Tour for Seniors

This private tour of Reykjavik was designed with the help of experts to accommodate senior visitors. On this 3-hour walking tour see the city's top attractions and learn what made Reykjavik such a popular destination. Explore Reykjavik and visit its charming old town. The vibrant and cosmopolitan city offers you the chance to discover some of the richest examples of Nordic history. Be stunned by streets full of history and its beautiful architectural examples. Experience Iceland from a different perspective. Follow your guide as they reveal secrets and interesting facts about Reykjavik.

Reykjavik: Private Walking Tour for the European Tourist

6. Reykjavik: Private Walking Tour for the European Tourist

Are you visiting from Europe, planning a trip to Reykjavik, and looking for the top sightseeing places in Reykjavik? The royal city of Reykjavik offers a long collection of museums, buildings, markets, and top attractions that you must visit once in a life. Explore the Old Town, which is just the beginning of the city's charms. The vibrant and cosmopolitan city offers you the chance to discover some of the richest examples of Nordic history. Get stunned with the streets full of history and its beautiful architectural examples. Get ready to experience Iceland from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about one of the most important cities in Europe.

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What people are saying about National Museum of Iceland

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 336 reviews

I marked this excellent because of the guide we had who was very helpful in letting us know how to deal with the short time we had. However, we lost an hour because the website said 10:30 but the bus was actually scheduled 15 minutes earlier. We arrived early (we thought) so stopped to take a bathroom break since we had 15 minutes to spare. We saw the bus leaving when we were less than a minute away from the bus stop.

The city is small but overall it was great tour. The bus came +/- on time every time and the arrival time is indicated at each bus stop. It was cold but thankfully the bus was covered and warm. Beware that the last bus is quite early so schedule your tours accordingly if you’re visiting an area outside of the city center.

Great tour, really easy to use and covers most of the city. On the bus there is an audio guide so you learn a lot as you drive around. The stops are easy to locate and the driver was very kind and helpful. I would definitely recommend if you want to see Reykjavik.

A great way to orientate yourself around the city. Takes you to all the main spots and provides a commentary with useful information.

Wonderful driver that told memore on my second ride at the end of the day.