Private Reykjavík Walking Tour
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Enjoy getting to know Reykjavík with a private guide on a tour tailored to your needs and interests. Perfect for families with young children and small groups
A private walking tour is a great option for those who either can’t fit in our daily scheduled walking tour or for those who just want to have the guide all to themselves. On our private tours, we can tailor the speed and content of the tour to your needs and interest so whether you want to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time or take it easy and taste some local delicacies on the way – we got you covered.
If the private tour is not what you are looking for, you should check out our more economical daily walking tour that is offered every day year round.
Children under 12 years old traveling with their family do not count towards the number or participants.
Maximum number of particpants is 15 people, including children.
Around 2 hours
Length can vary depending on weather
BIGGER GROUPS / ALTERNATIVE TIMING
If you have a bigger group or or the time you are looking for is not available, please send us an e-mail and we will see what we can do for you. Please remember to include the date and time and the size of your group in the e-mail.
This tour is booked on request. You book the tour and we’ll let you know within 48 hours whether we can accept your booking. No payment will be requested until the booking is confirmed.
About this tour
About this tour
Unless you request something different, we will follow the outline of our popular I Heart Reykjavík Walking tour on your tour, with a twist. We believe you will get the best tour if we start the tour at Hallgrímskirkja Church but we can also meet you at selected hotels in downtown Reykjavík and start the tour from there.
When we meet with you, we will ask you if you have any special requests and take it from there. If you are happy to follow our lead we are also happy to show what we consider the best of Reykjavík.
Apart from visiting some of Reykjavík’s most interesting areas and landmarks your guide will point out great restaurants, charming cafes and happy hour worthy bars along the way. We don’t necessarily recommend the fanciest places in town (we can tell you where they are if you want to know) but just places we enjoy or that have been recommended to us by friends, family and your fellow travelers
Bookable extra: Síminn SIM card
Because we know how much you like to stay connected (how else are you going to post all those photos to Instagram?) you can add a Síminn SIM card to your booking. The Síminn Starter pack comes with 50 international minutes, 50 texts and 5 GB of data and you can easily top up online if you run out. Easy peasy.
Please note that in order to use the Icelandic SIM card your phone has to be unlocked. If you are not sure, please contact your service provider at home to ask.
Booking this tour on your day of arrival
We have people on the tour every day that are coming straight from the airport after a flight from the US and Canada and under all normal circumstances you have plenty of time to make the tour at 10. It happens very rarely that people are delayed to an extent that they miss the tour, but it does happen, and if you miss the tour because of delayed flight and such we cannot offer you a refund.
List of hotels where pick-up is offered
List of hotels where pick-up is offered
Because our guides travel by foot to come meet you, and because we believe you will get the most out of the tour if we start it in a pre-defined area, we can only offer pickup at the following hotels:
- 101 Hotel
- 1919 Hotel Radisson BLU
- Alda Hotel Reykjavík
- Apotek Hotel
- Black Pearl Reykjavík
- Borg hótel
- CenterHotel Arnarhvoll
- CenterHotel Klöpp
- CenterHotel Plaza
- CenterHotel Skjaldbreid
- CenterHotel Thingholt
- Centrum Hotel Reykjavík
- City Center Hotel
- Frón Hotel
- Holt Hotel
- Kvosin Downtown Hotel
- Leifur Eiríksson hótel
- Odinsvé Hotel
- Reykjavík Residence Apartment Hotel
Even though we can offer pick-up at these hotels we strongly recommend you meet us at Hallgrímskirkja church for the best use of your time with us.
All cancellations must come in writing via e-mail. If you call us with your cancellation, we will ask you to follow up via e-mail to make sure we have all the correct information.
Our cancellation policy is as follows:
10% of the price of your tour is non-refundable. The 10% will be used to cover fees connected to your booking. Refunds will only be issued to the card used to purchase the tour.
- if you cancel your booking with more than 7 days notice we will refund 90% of the tour price.
- if you cancel your booking 3-7 days in advance we will refund 70% of the tour price
- cancellations less than 48 hours in advance are non-refundable.
If we need to cancel a tour because of unfavorable weather conditions you will get a full refund for the tour. We only cancel the tour if we deem the weather too bad for us to offer you our tour in a safe manner. This only applies if the tour is canceled, not if you cancel because you don’t like the weather.
When a guest books a tour and does, for whatever reason, not show up for it this is called a no-show.
Please note that you, as a guest, is responsible for making sure that all your travel information is correct. Therefore, it’s very important that you go over the booking before you finalize, making sure the date and pickup information is correct, it and that you read over your confirmation and tickets after you have booked.
The tickets usually contain important information about meeting points, pickup time and places and whether there’s anything special you need to consider for each particular tour.
If you miss your tour because you missed your pick-up or your flight was delayed that is considered a no-show. If you are a no-show for a tour, you are not eligible for a refund.
Please see here for our full terms and conditions.
Comments from previous guests
“Excellent Walking Tour”
Reykjavik is a small city and it is pretty easy to see it all on your own. And we had the day prior when we arrived and walked ourselves around town. But we missed so much, and that's what makes I Heart Reykjavik walking tours so wonderful. Our guide, Olof, was lovely, and took us to great street art, a sculpture garden we never would have found, and government buildings we didn't notice, and along the way pointed out great shops, restaurants and the hidden "toys" all around the city. She answered all our questions about life in Reykjavik, and we passed a pleasant and informative 2 hours. Highly recommended.
“Reykjavik walking tour”
Like many here, we came across the I A really exceptional walking tour of the city centre. Asta was amazing! So knowledgeable and thoughtful, warm and good humoured, she opened the city up for us, petal by petal, and showed us a whole rich world within just those few city blocks that comprise central Reykjavik. I’d been advised to take the tour as soon as I arrived, and am very glad I did, as all week I found myself following Asta’s advice on places to explore further, places to eat, places of interest for one reason or another — everything from hotdogs to street art to shops to museums. She really oriented us to the city in the way that only someone who knows and loves it as she does could do. The tour informed and enriched my whole stay. As did the incredibly useful link provided at the end of the tour with its map of suggestions and its daily updated listings of things going on in the city. It's only two hours. Do it as soon as you get there. It will make the city come alive for you from the very start.
“Not-your-average city tour”
Would recommend checking out the website- obviously this is a tour with a lot of heart and personal passion put into it. The guide gave a wealth of info regarding history, arts, and culture but injected personal thoughts of being an Icelander- he spoke of what Icelanders are proud (and embarrassed) of. Because of the small group, the tour allowed for much interaction.
My husband and I did this tour a few days ago and it was great. We flew in that morning and did the 10 am tour with Audur and she was wonderful. I followed the suggestion of another reviewer and did the tour on our first morning there, even though we were super tired. Audur is friendly, funny and gives you a great walking tour with suggestions for bars, restaurants and things to do. Additionally, she has a fantastic blog for tips around Iceland. We booked a Budget rental car and did the horse tour through her website and they worked out great. This tour is worth it and was a great intro to Reykjavik. Thank you Audur!
“Great tour and even better resource!”
I was recommended to this company by friends who love going to Iceland. Audur was an amazing guide, and kept us laughing the entire time. She is also an amazing resource for everything Reykjavik and much of the rest of Iceland. I definitely recommend signing up for the Icelandic lessons given by Ásta. She was incredible and we ended up staying at her house until 1:30am because the conversation was incredible. Do it toward the beginning of your stay in Iceland and you won't regret it. We also did the glacier walk your with their partner company, and had the BEST time!
The iheartwalkingtour with Auður was amazing! I highly recommend going on the tour upon arriving at Reykjavik because she points out all the great places to eat, drink, shop, and sightsee. She is also incredibly knowledgeable of the city and she adds personal anecdotes to the tour that make it a truly authentic Icelandic experience. She even spends some time at the end to teach some Icelandic catch phrases. She is very funny and you will absolutely have a wonderful time! Highly recommend!
The Neon Warriors are happy to report that the I Heart Reykjavik tour was absolutely delightful. Could not recommend it more. Auður is very knowledgeable and happy to make little stops along the way for a picture, coffee or quick bite to eat.
Also, we loved meeting other folks visiting Iceland who joined us on the tour. We met up with them later in the week which we couldn't have done without I Heart Reykjavik.
“Perfect first day activity!”
The walking tour was absolutely wonderful. Excellent pace for the sleep-deprived traveler and so informative. History and tourist tips all wrapped up into one very fun tour. I really loved that she pointed out unique features throughout the city that we never would have noticed otherwise. We only had a few days in this gorgeous city and I'm certain that taking this walking tour just a few hours after landing helped us have a fantastic time. Can't wait to travel back so we can take all of the other tours they offer!
“Made our trip so much better!”
Like many here, we came across the I Heart Reykjavik blog and were immediately struck by Audir's advice, sense of humor, and love of Iceland. We read her advice (excellent!) and used her recommended tours for the bulk of our visit (also excellent!). And, of course, we needed to experience their I Heart Reykjavik walking tour to learn more about our host city. We scheduled our tour with them the afternoon of our arrival (an overnight flight) and it was the perfect way to start our visit even though we were jetlagged. Our tour was great fun and very informative about lots of big and little details about Reykjavik. It truly set the table for a magical first visit to Iceland.
Thank you, I Heart Reykjavik, for making our trip so much better. Your great sense of service and great love of all things Icelandic are infectious, and we strongly recommend you as a starting point for anyone visiting for the first time.
“Feel at home”
Auður's tour is something special. She knows the usual tourist info, but what she adds is the love of her home which she passes on. It was like being taken round by a very knowledgeable friend. She left you feeling like you really knew the place, rather than just knowing the tourist bits. Our only regret was that the tour wasn't the minute we arrived in Reykjavik as she had so many useful tips. She is a fantastic ambassador for her country. Highly recommended.
“Wonderful Start to a Wonderful Trip”
It is hard to add to a review with a nearly 100% excellent rating other than to say that the previous reviewers got it right. This tour was affordable and informative, it really set the tone for our trip and is a wonderful use of your time for the first few hours of your stay in Iceland. I highly recommend taking this tour in your first days as it will open your eyes to things you want to investigate further and places you never thought about. They mean it when they say small group size and I think it is what sets them apart!
I would recommend this tour - particularly early on in your stay if you're looking to get your bearings around Reykjavik. Ásta was a wonderful tour guide and very happy to make honest recommendations and she provided a really interesting history of the city. There were only 5 people on the tour I took, which was lovely and it meant we had time to linger and ask questions about what we should do next. Wrap up warm though, because at (at least) 2 hours spent outside, you'll be cold otherwise. It's perhaps not as cheap as the 'free walking tour' some companies provide but I absolutely got my money's worth here.
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