We started at 10 in the morning. Locating the Reykjavik Bike Tour was a breeze once we’ve found the Old Harbour. There were a lot of Puffin and Whale watching tour company on the same pier so it was quite crowded.
The guides first helped us with helmet fitting and assigned us our bikes according to our height. I’ve gotten the seat fixed to its lowest position but it was still difficult for me to reach the ground without leaning my bike aside (I am short). however, since I was quite experienced with city bikes, it didn’t take long for me to adapt. Reflective traffic jackets were provided too. As I always say: Safety comes first, and the staffs at Reykjavik Bike Tour were very attentive when it comes to safety measures.
The tour last for 2.5 hours, now let me tell you the highlight of the tour and if you are determined to know more, you will have to experience it first hand.
1. Rotten shark with a shot of Black DeathWe first stopped by at Kopar fish cafe, where our guide showed us Minke Whale meat. He recommended us trying a piece of putrefied shark... which came with a shot of Icelandic Schnapps "Black Death" to wash it down. I did. It tasted like ammonia and for once, I was so thankful for the strong alcohol.
2. The famous Hotdog StandThe staple of any Reykjavik foodie’s tour-- Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. President Bill Clinton had one hotdog here and since then, everyone goes crazy for the hotdogs. Until now his photo holding the famous hotdog is still displayed at the stand.
Tips: Go for the "Hotdog with Everything".
3. Historical buildingsOur guides pointed out some interesting houses which were once resided by famous people, including the Prime Minister of Iceland. We also managed to stop at the Bjork's house, University of Iceland campus, Nordic House, Reykjavik’s Catholic Cathedral, Parliament building and many more.
4. Hidden BeachWe stopped for a quick rest at Reykjavik’s south facing beach - Ægissida. This place was not touristy at all, we were the only group there.
5. Other sightsMy favorite part of the bike trail was around Tjörnin City Lake. Too bad we did not have a chance to stop there.
6. FolkloreWe learned about Icelandic folklore, about the goblins and the rocks.
What I like about the tour
1. Easy to bookI booked our bike tour with Ursula via email. Ursula was really efficient in communicating, answering all my questions genuinely and made the booking process a breeze.
2. Easy to ride.There were no difficult slopes thought the tour. All the path we took were flat paved roads. Where were elderly couples in my group and they kept up fine.
3. Highly InformativeOur guide was very knowledgeable about the culture and history, giving all the participants a great introduction to Reykjavik.
4. Good exerciseYou get to see the city at a relaxed pace, at the same time prevent heart disease.
5. See a lot in a few hoursIf you are looking for a quick introduction to Reykjavik without too much walking involved, biking is a great choice.
6. A Cool Way to go Around the CapitalAll in all, it was fun to go around Reykjavik on two wheels.
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Miss Happy Feet was a guest of Reykjavik Bike Tours. However all photos and opinion are as always, my own.