Walking Tour and Golden Circle


Maximize your time in Reykjavík by combining our walking tour and a visit to the Golden Circle on the same day – with enough time to hit the bars upon your return.

Start your morning with a fun and informative walking tour with an accommodating local on the I Heart Reykjavík Walking Tour. This tour is design to help you get the most out of your visit to Reykjavík and the aim is for you to leave the tour with your head full of ideas about how to spend your time in Reykjavík. After an optional quick lunch (not included but we’ll help you find a good place)  you will jump on a bus taking you out of town towards some of Iceland’s most spectacular sights for a no frills tour of the Golden Circle.

Unique local insights

What you’ll gain from joining the I Heart Reykjavík Walking Tour is a unique insight into the city’s history and local life with a native Icelander in a small group where you’ll get plenty of opportunities to ask your questions.

We start the walking tour at Hallgrímskirkja church and then we’ll zig-zag around the charmingly colorful streets of Reykjavík until we reach Austurvöllur square – right in the heart of Reykjavík. Along the way we see famous landmarks, interesting street art and coffee shops that hit just the right spot.

The Golden Circle afternoon tour starts at 14:30 (16:30 for the 13:00 departure) and pick up starts 30 minutes earlier at a convenient downtown location – giving you enough time to grab a quick lunch before you continue your adventure. On the tour you will visit the three main sites of the Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area. If all goes according to plan you should be back to Reykjavík around 20:30 (22:30 for the 13:00 departure) or just in time for a delicious dinner and drinks into the night .

The walking tour is small with maximum 12 people but the Golden Circle tour is a classic big bus tour. We chose to pair our walking tour with this particular tour because of the convenient departure time which helps you make the most of your time and to make it affordable for all. If you want a smaller more intimate tour, and you have a bit more time, we would rather recommend the Hot Golden Circle tour on a different day.

What to wear

The weather in Iceland is ever changing but we’ll do our best to work with the conditions the weather gods present to us on each day. Dress accordingly (a rain jacket and a hat in the back pack has never hurt anyone) and wear comfy shoes. If you get really cold we can always stop for warm refreshments along the way.

On the Golden Circle tour you will be going in and out of the bus to admire all the natural wonders so wear something warm for the outside which can easily be peeled off on the bus.

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 SIM card includes 2000 ISK worth of credit and you can easily top up online if you run out. You can also buy (some say ridiculously cheap) data packages online once you have the card. Easy peasy.

Comments from previous guests

“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.
Hertfordshire / England

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!
Valley Stream / New York

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. Xo!
Portland / Maine
“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.
Brooklyn / New York
“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.
Indiana / USA
“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.
St. John's / Canada
“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!
New York City / New York
“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!
Ann P
Washington DC / District of Columbia
“Great tour!!”

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!
Kelly N
Newmarket / New Hampshire
“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!
Evergreen / Colorado
“Fantastic tour”

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.
Belfast / United Kingdom
“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.
Bruce-Carol B
Worcester / Massachusetts

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