Enjoy an enlightening introductory tour of Reykjavik that presents its must-see attractions, including the president’s residence, a 15th-century farm and the University of Iceland.
After departing from the pier, you will pass Reykjavik’s main sports and recreation facilities in the idyllic Laugardalur valley and then continue to Bessastadir Peninsula. Settlers took up residence here in the first millennium A.D. and the site has been occupied ever since. The president of Iceland now lives on Bessastadir in a handsome estate that was once a farm.
Returning to the inner city, you will view the open-air museum at Arbaer. More than 20 traditional buildings have been relocated to the site to form a historical town square, village and farm. Then, after crossing the crystalline Ellida River, you will stop at the Pearl, a glittering dome that houses the Viking Saga Museum and several massive tanks that store hot geothermal water for the Reykjavik’s residents. The views from atop the hill are spectacular in every direction.
Another photo stop will be made at majestic Hallgrimskirkja Church, whose iconic tower has become a landmark. Then, it’s on to Reykjavik’s old quarter, the esteemed University of Iceland, and Tjornin, a serene lake in the center of town. Returning to the pier, you will pause for photos at Hofdi, a stately house often visited by heads of state such as Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, who held a summit there in 1986.
Please note: The tour is mostly panoramic with a minimal amount of optional walking at the stops. It is available to wheelchair guests who have a non-motorized collapsible wheelchair, can make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Warm, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.