Explore Iceland's historical, cultural and geological influences on present-day life during this scenic tour of Reykjavik which allows participants the opportunity to hear tales of Viking settlers, learn the basics of geothermal energy, observe a little of Iceland's geological phenomena and view its varied landscapes.
Reykjavik's capital area consists of seven municipalities with approximately 200,000 inhabitants. With plenty of space, clean air and natural green energy, it is renowned as one of the most modern, forward-thinking European societies. The city's logo is Pure Energy, and pure energy is central to Reykjavik's heating, nightlife and culture.
Sites and landmarks to be seen during your tour include the Laugardalur sport and recreational area, which features an open-air geothermal swimming pool, and the spectacular coastline and harbor area. You will also see the Höfdi House, site of the 1986 meeting between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev that ended the Cold War.
Next, a visit will be made at the Pearl vantage-point which offers some great photo opportunities. Built in 1988, the Pearl is a remarkable building; unique in Iceland and probably the entire world. Its glass dome was constructed atop huge tanks and stores natural hot water for heating the city. The Pearl offers spectacular views of the capital area and beyond.
Continuing on, you will pass by Reykjavik's colorful Old Quarter, which is home to quaint wooden houses, narrow streets, and the city's university area. Before returning to the pier, your tour will also include a drive through the Heidmork Conservation Area, where you may see its' impressive volcanic craters from the comfort of your coach.
Please note: The tour is mostly panoramic with a minimal amount of walking. 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.