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PRIVATE REYKJAVIK CITY CENTER TOUR – 5K

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The ”Must See” tour where we will explore the heart of the city and main landmarks of downtown Reykjavík. There is everything to like about running in Iceland with weather conditions that are completely unpredictable from one moment to the next with plenty of clean and fresh air.
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    5 km / 3.1 mi
  • Tour Duration

    60min
  • Level of Difficulty

    easy
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Mon - Sun
  • Start times

    Individual tour start times. Please select a preferred tour start time during the booking process.
  • Tour Language

    English, Icelandic (optional)

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Details

The perfect tour for runners who would like to experience the heart of the city and main landmarks of downtown Reykjavík.

Established originally as a trading town Reykjavik has developed into the Icelandic centre of culture, commerce and government activities. Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital and among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world. It is harder to find fresher and more crisp air on a running tour and where the history of Reykjavik meets us all through the run.

On this running tour we will see Tjornin pond with its bird life and surrounding gardens in the middle of the city, a breathing space for local Icelandic people. Next up is Hallgrímskirkja which is largest church in Iceland and its 74 meters height is a breathtaking sight and a worthy photo opportunity. We continue our run along the coastline with plenty of clean fresh air and beautiful landscape. The Harpa concert-and conference hall with its impressive coloured facade greets us on our run along the water and you will hear how this impressive and iconic building was delayed due to the financial crisis that hit Iceland hard. On our way back you’ll run past fishing trawlers, whale-watching boats, restaurants and small shops in the old harbor area.

This is an easy run which provides a great introduction and insight to the Icelandic capital.

If your hotel is in the city centre we will meet you there and otherwise the running tours starts at the local swimming pool: Vesturbaejarlaug. Its located within walking distance of the city centre and boasts outdoor geothermal swimming pools steam room, sauna & hot tubs. Swimming pools are an essential aspect of Icelandic culture. The hot tubs are also one of Iceland's most important social venues where people meet to openly discuss everything from the weather to politics. The temperatures in the pools are usually around 28C/82F and the hot tubs vary from 38C/100F to 45C/113F. You can choose to pay the entrance fee to the swimming pool, get a locked closet and relax in the hot tubs and watch the Northern lights dancing among the stars after the run if you are interested.

Additional info:
Since this is a private tour, you will define the pace and have plenty of time to take pictures, if you wish.

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MORE TOUR INFO

  • Pick-up service:
    Pick-up service from your hotel/apartment or another meeting point is possible and will be checked by the tour provider individually.
    If your hotel/apartment should be too far away from the city centre or not close to the tour route, then we will meet you at our standard meeting point.

    Standard meeting point:
    We meet you at: In front of the main entrance of Vesturbaejarlaug, Hofsvallagata 107, 107 Reykjavík
    We are meeting right in front of the swimmingpool. You can get there with bus 11, 13 and 15 or just walk from downtown.
    Google Maps link: Vesturbaejarlaug

    Meeting details:
    The tour provider will get in contact with you to provide you with more detailed information after the tour was booked.
    Please, bring along your mobile phone in case we need to contact each other.

    • Private guide/tour
    • Individual pace
    • Digital photos
    • Pick-up service
  • DO YOU CANCEL IF IT RAINS?
    No we do not cancel our tours if it rains, storm etc. It is very rare that conditions are so bad, that we have to cancel, so if you are in doubt - expect to run. 

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
    It is always a good idea to check the weather conditions before travelling to Reykjavik, so that you know what temperatures to expect. 

    HOW FAST DO YOU RUN ON THE TOURS, DO I HAVE TO BE AN ELITE RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?
    The running pace is set on our private tours by you. During our group tour we run a pace of about 6:30 min/km.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO STORE BAGS AND CLOTHES AT THE PLACE WE START?
    Unfortunately, there is no storage for bags. Please travel light. We can only store some small objects in our backpack (mobile phones, keys. etc,).

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE PICTURES ALONG THE WAY?
    Yes, you can bring your camera/mobile phone and snap away. If there is a certain place you would like to take a picture, then simply ask your guide. We will also take pictures of you and we’ll send it to you by email.

    DO YOU HAVE A HOTEL PICK-UP SERVICE?
    We offer our private tours hotel pick-up service. The hotel or apartment building should be in the city centre (i.e. inside UNESCO World Heritage, the former city walls). 

    Please let us know your complete hotel or apartment address during the tour reservation process and we will check if we can meet you at your hotel/apartment or at the standard meeting point. 

  • If you need to cancel a booked service, it is mandatory to email Go! Running Tours by respondng on the booking confirmation email or via our contact form: Get in contact with us.

    You are entitled to cancel your booking up to 4 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge. There will be in this case be a full refund of the tour and service fees.

    If you cancel a booking between 3 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if you do not attend the tour, there will be no refund.

    If the tour provider is not able to accept the tour, or if the tour provider was not able to carry out the booked tour, Go! Running Tours guarantess a full refund of the tour and service fees.
tip  BOOKING TIP:
BOOK EARLY - GIVE US SOME TIME
We recommend to book your running tour minimum 2-3 days before your preferred tour date. Especially during the different high seasons, when many guests like to join our runs.
That will give the guide/city manager enough time to arrange together with you the last tour details like the meeting point, start time and to organize a personal tour guide for your unique and fun running experience.
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  • We guarantee your money until you have done the tour! In case of that the tour can't be arranged or any other not self-inflicted circumstance, we will provide a full refund within 24h.

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