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Where to Find the Best Views in Reykjavik

Where to Find the Best Views in Reykjavik

It isn’t hard to find scenic corners in Reykjavik. From its multicolored houses and striking architectural highlights to its Atlantic scenery and distant mountains, the Icelandic capital is bursting with beautiful vistas. Bring your camera with you, and get ready to explore—here’s where to find the best views in Reykjavik.

Church of Hallgrímur (Hallgrímskirkja)

One of Reykjavik’s most recognizable landmarks, the Church of Hallgrímur, built beginning in the 1940s and famed for its modern design, is also an excellent vantage point. Ascend to the top of its 240-foot (73-meter) tower—one of the highest structures in the country—and capture photos of the rainbow-hued houses below.

Harpa Building

Among Reykjavik’s most distinctive attractions, the gleaming Harpa Building, with its geometric lines and glass facade, is a photogenic landmark. A concert hall and conference center that debuted in 2011 and was designed in part by artist Olafur Eliasson, the Harpa Building is free to explore—and offers sweeping views over the water.

Helicopter Tour

If it’s wide-ranging views and unforgettable panoramas that you’re after, then there’s only one answer: Take to the air. Helicopter tours don’t just offer spectacular views of the Icelandic capital and the Skarfabakki Harbour; they also whisk you away to Mt. Esja and soar over the Atlantic.

Sun Voyager

TheSun Voyager—a 1990 sculpture by artist Jón Gunnar Árnason (and known asSólfar locally)—was designed to resemble a Viking vessel. Depending on the way that you face, you can use the artwork in the foreground of your seaside shots or in your photos of the Reykjavik cityscape.

Perlan

The Perlan (“The Pearl” in English) is a must-see museum, an architectural highlight, and an ideal observation point. Located on the top of Öskjuhlíð Hill, the Perlan offers spectacular panoramic views of the city. Its dome is also home to celestial shows—if you aren’t lucky enough to see the northern lights in real life, its Áróra show is the next best thing.

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Mountain Helicopter Tour with Summit Landing from Reykjavik

Mountain Helicopter Tour with Summit Landing from Reykjavik

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Enjoy awe-inspiring aerial views of Reykjavik and its mountains on this Iceland helicopter tour. Choose a morning or afternoon flight, and thrill as your helicopter whirrs upwards and soars over Reykjavik and the mountains north of the city. Touch down on the flat summit of Mt Esja or a nearby mountain, step out of your helicopter, and take photos of the panoramas that stretch down over Reykjavik, the Atlantic and the nearby peaks. These Iceland helicopter tours take off from and touch back down at the Reykjavik domestic airport.
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  • 30 to 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$334.59
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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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.87
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Perlan Wonders of Iceland - Ice cave & Nature Exhibition Ticket

Perlan Wonders of Iceland - Ice cave & Nature Exhibition Ticket

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Explore the world of glaciers at the Perlan Museum Glacier and Ice Cave Exhibition in Reykjavik. Enter the museum for a guided tour of the world’s only indoor ice cave, learning about glaciers' secrets and uncertain future from your guide as you explore the frozen tunnel. Then, experience the multimedia displays on glaciers with the provided digital guides; admire the 360-degree views over Reykjavik from the observation deck; and enjoy the café and gift shop.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.27
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Reykjavik Walking Tour - Walk with a Viking

Reykjavik Walking Tour - Walk with a Viking

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Delve into Viking history and heritage in the Icelandic capital on this Reykjavik small-group walking tour. Follow your guide through the streets and parks of Reykjavik, and gain insight into the city’s strong Viking influences. Discover top city attractions including the Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrímskirkja Church, and pick up insider tips on the best places to eat and drink during your stay.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.93
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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover the delights of Iceland’s vibrant capital by hop-on hop-off bus tour on this 1-day Reykjavik shore excursion. Hop aboard your bus service and head through the city with your audio-guide. See top attractions along the way, and gain insight into Reykjavik’s heritage and culture. Customize your route to hit the attractions you want to see, and hop on and off the bus at your leisure. Explore sites such as the Harpa concert hall, the National Museum, Skarfabakki Harbour and the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral before heading back to port.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.08
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Áróra - Northern Lights Planetarium Show

Áróra - Northern Lights Planetarium Show

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With these pre-booked admission tickets to Iceland’s Northern Lights Planetarium Show, you’ll get a first-hand peek at a thrilling reproduction of the Arctic phenomenon of Aurora Borealis. Embark on a unique journey, the result of a collaboration between top Icelandic artists, musicians, and photographers.
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  • 25 minutes
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Reykjavik City Walking Tour

Reykjavik City Walking Tour

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Get to know the spirit of Reykjavik on this walking tour of Iceland's capital. Follow your guide to the city's most important landmarks, including the Sun Voyager (Sólfar) sculpture, Harpa Concert Hall, the Old Harbour, the multicolored Thingholt houses, and the Hallgrímskirkja Church. Along the way, learn about the city's culture, history, and traditions through your guide's entertaining commentary. All entrance fees and light refreshments are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.84
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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$255.35
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Reykjavik Main Sights and Hidden Spots: A Self-Guided Audio Walk

Reykjavik Main Sights and Hidden Spots: A Self-Guided Audio Walk

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Explore the capital city, Reykjavik, at your leisure on a self-guided walking tour of the city. Once downloaded, the tour app operates offline using GPS and can be paused anytime. Begin at Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, then wind through the heart of the city with stops at several historic and modern landmarks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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