So the true is Iceland is quite expensive to visit, but with a bit of careful planning there are some great cheap things you can do in Reykjavik. Just to help the budget out a little bit.
1 – Free walking tour
I went with City Walk Tour, where their main tour doesn’t have a fixed price, you just pay what you think the tour is worth. The tour is led by locals who have study history, which gives you a great combination of finding out about local history and what it is like to live there now.
They do run a couple of other more focus tours which do cost money. This includes a pub crawl on Friday and Saturday nights, which I’m sure will be lots of fun.
Cost: Free or Pub crawl 2500ISK (About £17.50)
2 – Climb the tower of Hallgrimskirkja Church
You can go in the church for free but it is worth paying to go up the tower as you do get an amazing view of the city. I loved seeing how colourful the whole place it.
Cost: Free or tower entrance 1000ISK (About £7)
3- Go swimming with the locals
There are 7 different options to choose from if you want to head to one of the local geothermic heated swimming pools. I went to Laugardalslaug which as well as the main pool has 5 hot tubs and steam rooms.
When I was there is was 0 degrees and snowing but you felt really toasty after the mad dash to get to the pool. I seriously didn’t even know I could run that fast.
Also don’t get put off by the whole having to shower naked bit, it isn’t as weird as it sounds. Plus you’re on holiday so you won’t be seeing anyone again anyway, so just go with the flow and be like the locals.
Cost: 650ISK (About £4.50)
4 – Visit The Settlement Exhibition
When excavating in 2001 they came across the oldest relics of human habitation in Iceland which dates back to 871 AD. During the dig they also came across a longhouse from the 10th century which you can view at the exhibition. There is lots of great information on how people would have lived in these buildings which is shown through multimedia presentations
Cost: 1650 ISK (About £11.60)
5 – Walk around the Harpa Concert Hall
I really loved the way this building looked, just grab a coffee and enjoy walking around. It is also worth going to view it when it is dark as I think it looks even more impressive.
Cost: Free or the cost of a cup of coffee
6 – Street art
There is street art all over the city centre of Reykjavik enjoying walking around and seeing what you can spot.
7 – Nautholsvik geothermal beach
Yes you heard right, Reykjavik and beach in the same sentence. This beach is a little bit different with a man-made geothermal lagoon making it possible to enjoy the beach even on a cold day.
8 – The Sun Voyager at sunset
After checking out the Harpa head along the shore towards The Sun Voyager. We stayed just around the corner from here so saw it often. The best time to view it was just as the sun was setting or once it was dark.
9- Get the Reykjavik City Card
The card gives you entry to lots of different thing including all the local swimming pools and The Settlement Exhibition. You can take the ferry over to Videy Island and visit lots of local museums. It also includes free use of public transport. If you plan ahead you can save yourself a lot of money.
Cost: 24 hours is 3800ISK (About £26), 48 hours is 5400 ISK (About £38) and 72 hours is 6500ISK (About £45).
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