Free Walking Tour Reykjavik
History and Culture Walk
Free Walking Tour Reykjavík - Save up to 6000 ISK
The “Free” tour takes you on foot around the heart of Reykjavík with an english speaking local and a history graduate, Marteinn, Eiríkur, Sara, Jóhannes, Tómas or Þórdís. The main focus is the general history of Iceland and the evolution of reykjavík as a town. We also tell you about elves, vikings, food, nightlife, music, economic aspects and political affairs. Finally there are the funny facts about Iceland and the places you must see in Reykjavík. The tour is laid out in an informative and comic way, where there is also room for personal questions.
The tour is completely non-commercial and non-sponsored, you pay afterwards whatever you think it was worth. There are no meals included, no shopping involved nor any food stops or toilet breaks. In case of bad weather, construction, parade or similar occasions the tour is adjusted accordingly. Indoor stops are frequent in winter. We’ve never cancelled this tour since it started to run. The walk itself is about 2km long (1.3 miles) and lasts 2 hours. The walk is easy, just two slopes but in general we are covering flat ground. Kids of all ages are welcome to accompany us and we do our best to keep them involved.
- Price: "Free" Donation
- Duration: 2 hours
- Start: Austurvöllur (Parliament Building)
- Finish: City Hall
- Departures: Every Day
- No Age Limit
- Wheelchair Accessible
– Booking for this tour is mandatory, select a time slot further down on this page
– In case of bad weather, we alter the tour slightly and include indoor stops.
– Please turn up 10 minutes prior to starting time to check in with your guide.
– Make sure your guide is marked with the CityWalk logo!
We meet up in a grassy green park, named Austurvöllur in front of the House of Parliament (Alþingi) We are easy to find in the main square with a unique Flip-Stick. Make sure you don’t confuse us with other tour groups. Always look for the CityWalk logo.
Our regular booking system does NOT allow bookings for more than 6 people per booking for a very good reason. Big groups of 6+ people can join the classic “free” walk with special permission given via e-mail through this contact form. If you exceed 10 people in total, we ask you to book the tour privately since we cannot accommodate you along with our regular guests. Please read about the Private Tour we offer.
The Free City Walk runs 100% on donations from guests at the end of each tour to your guide. You pay whatever you feel like the tour was worth in any currency you prefer. Compare this tour to any other and set a fair price depending on how much you liked the tour and the guide‘s performance. This is our model, and we won‘t change it. We are neither being noble nor cheap, we are simply confident that you will experience the quality of our tour and the dedication of the guide and value the tour accordingly. Book this tour and save up to 6000 ISK (the price for a walking tour with our competitors)
Payment is accepted at the end of the tour in ISK or any exchangeable currency. We also accept payment with a card here
Famous sites covered on this tour:
Parliament building, The Concert Hall Harpa, Hallgrímskirkja, lake Tjörnin and the City Hall. Along with plenty of non-touristy sites. We try to avoid the places you find online.
Our guests are encouraged to visit Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa on their own before or after the tour, as we won’t have time to visit those during the walk.
Due to long distances, we cannot cover these attractions on this walk:
The Botanical Garden
Reserve your time slot here!
The “Free” Classic tour opens for bookings roughly 5 days in advance. We run every day, year around, in all kinds of weather. We rarely take a day off over holidays. In case the weather is bad, we alter the tour, take shelter from wind, rain and snow as much as possible and even shorten the tour. CityWalk has never cancelled a tour.
Those who show up without a valid booking risk being denied participation and those who book and don’t show up won’t get a christmas card!See FAQ and get in touch here
Comments from our previous guests
The best starting point to know the city and the country
I had the opportunity to visit Iceland in September and the CityWalk tour was one of the first activities I did, and I absolutely loved it. Disa was great at making the tour fun, entertaining, useful, and informative. She is super well prepared for any questions, tips, or recommendations you may need. Disa is so passionate about her country and her fellow Icelanders that you can’t help it but to be immersed in that positive and fun vibe. After the tour, you will have the right context and be able to truly enjoy your stay in Iceland a thousand times more. Exceptional job to Disa and the CityWalk team!!
Francisco C S T
21st Sept 2017
Great guide showed us other parts of the city
Tomas, our citywalk guide, was great. His stories were informative, entertaining and at times funny. He has a very calm but engaging way of telling stories and his English is impeccable, which made it easy for everyone to understand. The tour took us through a part of town that we wouldn’t have visited otherwise. It was a good mixture between highlights and more unknown places and information. Tomas covered the history of the country and city, but also culture, economics and practical tips for during our stay in Reykjavik. I loved that we ended the tour in the city hall, as it has some nice displays on the city. The tours depart from the parliament square, everyday. They are ‘free’, as there is no set price but tips are greatly appreciated. All in all a great way to explore the city in around 2 hours.
17th Oct 2017
Best way to start a trip in Reykjavik!
Jóhannes was an absolutely fantastic tour guide! My parents and I started our trip to Reykjavik with the free two hour walking tour, and we were so happy we did. Jóhannes was extremely friendly, making an effort to get to know everyone before the tour began, and was full of great information. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and was more than happy to answer any questions. A few days after the tour my family went to the National Museum of Iceland, and we realized just how much we had learned from Jóhannes!! Would definitely recommend this tour company to everyone!
2nd February 2017
Ideal introduction to Reykjavik and Iceland
Our guide was Eric, whose English was excellent. He was enthusiastic and very responsive to his audience’s reactions. He was well-infromed and managed to cover the history, sociology and economy of both Reykjavik and Iceland in an unusual chronology, but one which was logically underpinned by his choice of stopping points. His manner was relaxed and I am convinced he was enjoying himself. He answered all questions with an enviable confidence and sense of humour. I don’t think we have ever met a more knowledgeable and approachable guide in many years of traveling.
August 16, 2015
Norwich, United Kingdon
What’s not to love?
Sarah is worth loving. She took the walking tour today and it was one of the best ones I’ve attended – and I’ve gone on quite a few walking tours all over Europe. Not often are tour guides so comfortable with what they do and a large audience that they make all the appropriate jokes with perfect timing that cause constant raucous laughter. They were many of these moments throughout the very short 2 hours, not to mention the abundant learning in Icelandic history and culture. It was remarkable and is a must do when in Reykjavik (even if it’s the only thing you do in Reykjavik)
May 11, 2016
Highlight of my trip
Marteinn was a phenomenal tour guide. He was so informative, engaging and the things he said were easy to follow. I feel like Marteinn has the qualities of one of those extremely engaging teachers that you are grateful to have had in life and he/she becomes your favorite teacher of all time. Also, Marteinn capitalized on all the most important and interesting aspects of Iceland, and when people asked questions about anything, he always had such informative and thought out answered. Additionally, he was so prepared with props and other fun items to make the tour even better. He even left us with some Iceland sweets at the end. I would take another tour of his in a heartbeat.
June 14, 2016