City Sightseeing with Northern Lights Planetarium

City Sightseeing and Northern Lights Planetarium
City Sightseeing and Northern Lights Planetarium
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  • Duration24 hours
  • Group SizeNo max
  • Meeting LocationAt any of Reykjavik City Sightseeing stops

Tour description

In this combo, you get a ticket to the Reykjavik City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off bus and admission to The Northern Lights Planetarium in Perlan. 

The Reykjavik City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off tour bus allows you to explore Reykjavik in your own leisurely time. With 16 stops on the way, you will be able to hop on and off at your convenience. Reykjavik is a city that boasts the best of two worlds; it is a modern and trendy city while at the same time being extremely close to unspoiled nature. 

One of the stops on the 60-minute route is Perlan at the top of Öskjuhlíð. Perlan houses, among other things, the Northern Lights Planetarium. The film, called Áróra, is the first interactive Planetarium Film. It is a piece of art brought together by Iceland’s best writers, musicians and photographers. The film takes you across Iceland’s nature, allowing you to observe the Northern Lights as you have never seen them. 


Reykjavik City Sightseeing Stops:

  1. Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre

The stunning concert hall and conference centre is the latest landmark in Reykjavik and houses both the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera.

  1. Reykjavik Old Harbour 

A colourful busy area with restaurants, shops and cafés. Various boat tours depart from the Old Harbour.

  1. Reykjavik Maritime Museum

Explore the world of the Icelandic fisheries and coastal culture. The former coast guard vessel Óðinn is also docked there.

  1. Whales of Iceland / Flyover Iceland

The biggest whale exhibition in the world! Life-sized models, an interactive installation and a virtual reality experience. Fun for all ages.

  1. National Museum of Iceland 

The permanent exhibition Making of a Nation – Heritage and History in Iceland is a journey through time, from settlement to the present.

  1. Lækjargata Hard Rock Café Reykjavik

Lækjargata – literally stream street – takes its name from the stream that once ran along the street. The famous Hard Rock Café is located on this street.

  1. Laugavegur Shopping Street 

Strolling down Laugavegur you will find all kinds of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars – something for everyone.

  1. Kjarvalsstaðir Art Museum 

It houses the works of one of Iceland´s most influential and recognized artists, Jóhannes Kjarval. You can also enjoy works from other leading Icelandic and foreign artists.

  1. Hallgrímskirkja Church

The church spire is 73 m high, thus making this building the tallest one in Reykjavik city. The view from the tower is sublime.

  1. BSÍ Bus Terminal 

Home of Reykjavik Excursions and the Flybus. From here you can join one of the many adventurous day tours heading outside the city or simply take the Flybus to Keflavík International Airport.

  1. Perlan 

A glass dome was built on top of six hot water tanks. Inside you will find a restaurant, café and the amazing Wonders of Iceland exhibition. The 360° view from the observation deck is spectacular.

  1. Kringlan Shopping Mall 

Iceland´s first real shopping mall opened its doors in 1987 and currently includes over 180 shops and restaurants along with a cinema and a public library. Next to the mall is the Reykjavik City Theatre.

  1. Hilton Nordica Reykjavík 

The hotel is formerly known as Hotel Esja, a name derived from the dramatically dominating Mt. Esja which provides a stunning backdrop to the capital area.

  1. Laugardalur Valley 

Reykjavik´s housewives and housemaids washed laundry in geothermal hot springs here in Laugardalur until the early 20th century. Today the park is home to a swimming pool, sports centre, botanical garden and the Family Park and Zoo.

  1. Skarfabakki Harbour (When cruise ships are in port)   

From here you can take a boat tour over to Viðey island, stroll along the coastline to downtown Reykjavík or come inside and rent a vehicle for the day at Enterprise rent-a-car. (When cruise ships are in port)  

  1. Höfði House 

Höfði is considered to be one of the most historically significant buildings in Reykjavik. It was the location for the 1986 summit meeting of president Ronald Reagan and general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to try to end the Cold War. 


What's Included

  • 24h ticket to the Reykjavik City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off buses
  • City Sightseeing audio guide commentary in 8 languages (German, Italian, Swedish, Icelandic, French, Spanish, English & Russian)
  • Free WiFi available on the bus
  • Admission to the Northern Lights Planetarium show at Perlan with English audio

Good to know

  • The redemption of the ticket is valid for a year

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

City Sightseeing tours are generally considered the best way to get a feel for the city you’re in, while at the same time getting a good overview of its history and size. The Reykjavik City Sightseeing bus is no different. It is probably the best way to know Iceland’s capital with 16 handy stops. The Northern Lights Planetarium is one of the best ways to experience this natural phenomenon. With a state-of-the-art interactive film, you will get to see the lights in a totally different way. We recommend you take part in the Northern Lights dance as well! It’s so much fun!

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