9 Cheap things to do in Reykjavik

9 Cheap things to do in Reykjavik

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.

View from the tower of Hallgrimskirkja Church

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.

Cost: Free


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.

Cost: Free


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.

Sun voyager Iceland

Cost: Free


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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  1. 7th March 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Never been to Reykjavik before so I will save your tips for whwn I go. I loved the free walking tour in Melbourne so def somerhing to do again

    • 7th March 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks, it’s worth a visit but it can be really expensive so t is good to have some ideas of cheaper things to do as well

  2. 7th March 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I’ve been meaning to get up to Reykjavik for ages, and your post inspires me to make a move, finally. I loved the image of the Sun Voyager ship and the dusky light. Epic…

  3. 7th March 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I can’t wait to visit! The geothermic pools sound great, nudity and all 😉 I’d also love to see the street art, and that view!! Great post 🙂

  4. 7th March 2018 / 10:05 pm

    I am so eager to get to Iceland and would love to have these experiences. Thank you for sharing them!

  5. Kirstin
    8th March 2018 / 9:34 am

    I can definitely get on board for the pub crawl! haha Great tips!

  6. 8th March 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Sounds fun, so then it goes without saying, cheap can be fun too 😀 Iceland seems like a far off dream for me. 🙁 Maybe someday.

  7. 8th March 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Iceland is a stunning country. I have visited the more common sights in Iceland on summer time and I know it is a super expensive destination ! It’s good to see so many great & cheap alternatives to the usual spots on Reykjavik itineraries! It gives me an excuse for a return visit 🙂

  8. 8th March 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I did nearly everything on this list on my visit to Iceland last June. My favorite thing in reykjavik though was walking around and taking photos of the incredibly colorful homes and quirky streets (including some excellent street Art). I was blessed that I had the midnight sun on my side though, not sure how much you’d want to be outside walking in the cold night of the city in a winter

  9. 8th March 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Thanks for your tips on budget-friendly things to do in a pricey country! A pub crawl and the geothermal pools sound delightful.

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