Reykjavik Grand Excursion - RE-05
See three gems of Iceland - Iceland's National Museum, National Church of Iceland and the Pearl. Tour is by bus and on foot!
The Reykjavik Grand Excursion is a great way to get to know some of the most interesting and important landmarks in downtown Reykjavik. Our downtown Reykjavik excursion is both on foot and by bus and gives visitors a real flavor of Iceland through some of its most important cultural landmarks.
The main landmarks are the National Museum of Iceland, HallgrÝmskirkja church and the Pearl.
Iceland's National Museum hosts a permanent exhibit celebrating and demonstrating the heritage and history of Iceland. The museum has about 2,000 objects and carries visitors through time from the earliest period to today. From medieval settlers arriving by ship to the newest airport, Iceland's National Museum is a great way to learn about Iceland.
HallgrÝmskirkja church, also known as the National Church of Iceland, is Lutheran and is the state church of Iceland. Commissioned in 1937 and completed in 1986, the church is visible throughout Rejkjavik. Streets in downtown Reykjavik emanate from the church like spokes, allowing a deep view into the city from the church grounds. In front of the church is a statue of explorer Leif Ericson, given as a gift from The United States in 1930 to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of the Althing, Iceland's parliament at Thingvellir in 930 AD.
The Pearl, called Perlan in Icelandic, was originally a collection of tanks created to provide water storage. Since 1991, the structures have had a large, pearl-like glass dome on top and an enclosed space inside, used for exhibitions and a restaurant - one of the most acclaimed in Reykjavik and which revolves a full 360 degrees about every 3 hours. In addition to the glass dome, a viewing platform that surrounds the Pearl's dome allows visitors an incredible panoramic view of Reykjavik.
Though it isn't always associated with tourism, the harbour is also a very intriguing landmark and reflects the importance of fishing and shipping to Iceland's culture and economy.
We'll also visit the famous 101 Reykjavik neighborhood, and see some of the other sights that reflect the uniqueness of Reykjavik. The river Elliaß is a Salmon river that runs right through downtown Reykjavik, and the beach at NauthˇlsvÝk is warmed by adding water that was heated underground in a geothermal reservoir. This is the same system that provides heat to nearly every structure in Reykjavik. As you travel throughout the city, you'll notice lush green landscape and an abundance of heated public swimming pools.
The Reykjavik Grand Excursion shows you some of the reasons why Reykjavik is a city considered by many to be second to none in the world!
Please note a change in the departure time. After 1 June, 2009, departure date will be 13:00
Price for children listed below is for children 12-15, children under 12 are free!
Price For Children : 2.450 ISK
Included : Bus fare, guidance in English daily, German on Wed & Sun and French on Tue, admission to museums and pick-up at hotels and guesthouses 30 minutes before departure.
Excluded : Lunch and refreshments are not included.
Duration : 3 hours
Meeting Point : hotels / guesthouses 30 minutes before departure
Bus tours in Iceland are a convenient, comfortable and affordable way to see and enjoy Iceland's best attractions. Iceland offers numerous natural wonders as well as a lively and interesting capital city - a bus tour is a great way for visitors to do some sightseeing.
Our excursions pick you up from your hotel or guest house and take you directly to the best places Iceland has to offer. We'll do the driving so you can focus on having the best holiday excursion possible!
Note: each bus tour has unique features, please read the tour descriptions or call/email us for details!