10 free things to do in Reykjavik

Iceland is an expensive country but fortunately there are enough free things to do.
But lets start with Reykjavik!

Reykjavik isn’t that big but it has a lot to offer. Besides amazing food, shopping and museums there are also a couple free things you can do and pretty much all in walking distance! I did this all in one day.
So here are my 10 free things to do in Reykjavik ideas!

10 free things to do in Reykjavik

10 free things to do in Reykjavik

1. Hallgrímskirkja

I was staying at Gestinn Guesthouse and it was just around the corner of Hallgrímskirkja so that meant this would be my first stop!

Visiting the church is for free but if you want to enjoy the view, which I highly recommend, you will have to pay a small fee, ISK 600/ 5€, for it.

Besides the pipe organ the church is pretty plain but if you are lucky you can find someone playing the pipe organ!

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10 free things to do in Reykjavik

2. Tjörnin

Tjörnin is a lake/pond where you can walk around and feed the ducks and geese.
In the winter when the lake/pond is frozen you can even go ice-skating there.

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3. Reykjavik City Hall

At lake Tjörnin you will find the City Hall. Inside you will find a large 3D map of Iceland and some other art exhibitions that showcase local Icelandic artist.

Perfect spot to heat up when you are there in the winter, ;-).

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4. Free City Walk Tour

A perfect way to discover Raykjavik is by taking a free walking tour. There are a couple different ones but the one I stumbled on to was the City Walk, a historic walk. Which was nice to hear the history about Iceland from an Icelandic. At the end you can choose if you want to give a tip or not.

The walk starts at Austurvöllur, Parliament at 12pm.

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5. Bæjarins beztu pylsur

After that you can eat the famous hotdog at Bæjarins beztu pylsur. I am a picky eater but decided to go for it, incl. the special sauce, etc and it was delicious! Definitely worth going there!

During the walking tour you get the chance to get a hotdog because you will pass it but I decided to go back later and enjoy it without feeling rushed.

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Bæjarins beztu pylsur 1

6. Harpa, Concert Hall and Conference Centre

The Harpa, Concert Hall and Conference Centre is right by the hotdog stand. The glass building will sparkle by day because of the reflecting light and by the night it lights up with dancing lights. Pretty neat to see.

If you want you can also take a tour of the building. This is paid of course.

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7. Sun Voyager

Around the corner of Harpa you will find the Sun Voyager. With the Esjan and sea as background you can take amazing pictures.

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8. Laugavegur

Laugavegur is the shopping street of Reykjavik and definitely worth walking through it. I know Iceland is pricy but walking through the street will give you an idea of the Icelandic fashion and design. Here you will also find some souvenir shops.

Did you know you that the Laugavegur is heated?! That’s why you will never find snow there!

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9. Perlan aka the Pearl

Perlan is a landmark building. It is a bit further from all the other attractions but still worth a visit. On the fourth floor you can enjoy the viewing deck for free!

UPDATE: unfortunately the observation deck isn’t free anymore. Apparently there is a museum inside the Perlan and if I am correct the observation deck is included. If you do not wish to pay you can still walk around the ground. Let me know if you have visited the museum and what you thought about it.

You can take bus number 18 or walk 25 minutes from Hallgrímskirkja.

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perlan

10. Street Art

Reykjavik has a lot of street art around the city. Walk around and find all different street art.

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When you are done with all the walking around and are hungry head over to Svarta Kaffid. They are famous for their soup in bread and it was delicious! Definitely worth going after a cold day.

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I hope you liked my 10 free things to do in Reykjavik!
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22 Comments

  1. November 3, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Leuk te lezen en handige tips! Ik bewaar ‘m voor mijn (hopelijk) toekomstig bezoek aan deze stad. Streetart blijft altijd leuk om te zien en wandelen kost niets en zo kom je ook de leukste dingen tegen. Ook fijn om te weten dat de winkelstraat verwarmd is. In Finland was dit in Jyvaskyla ook het geval, hoe luxe en fijn is dat!

    • November 4, 2015 / 2:31 am

      Leuk om te horen! En ja inderdaad, ik vind altijd dat je gewoon lekker moet ‘verdwalen’ in een nieuwe stad. Zo kom je altijd onverwachte en leuke dingen tegen! Van Finland wist ik niet! Is zeker een luxe en zo handig!

  2. October 18, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    I wish I had this article before I went to Iceland. It was so expensive, such great tips!

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Oh that’s a bummer! Indeed so expensive and thank you!

  3. October 19, 2017 / 12:11 am

    I love taking free walking tours in every city I go. You get to have a little overview of everything. That hot dog looks yummy! I really like architecture of that concert hall! Great list!

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:41 pm

      I totally agree about the free walking tours! I was happy I stumbled upon that. The hotdog was so good and thank you!

  4. October 19, 2017 / 3:22 am

    Reykjavik is such a cute and interesting city. I loved your write up on it, and your photos are wonderful! I’ll have to revisit this post when I head back to Iceland next time 🙂

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you! I hope you get to visit Iceland soon 🙂

  5. October 19, 2017 / 3:40 am

    We really enjoyed our short stent in Iceland! It was pricey but naturally gorgeous! Your post brought back fond memories!

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

  6. October 19, 2017 / 6:49 am

    The street art looks amazing! I have heard Iceland is extremely expensive , especially on the food front. It is a dream destination though! You have listed some great options and I would love to take the heritage walk! 🙂

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you and yes very expensive but very worth it. I hope you get to take the heritage walk one day. 🙂

  7. October 19, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I love the free options! The free city walking tour would be a must for me, and Harpa Concert Hall looks amazing. Thanks for the list, pinning to save. 🙂

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Free things are always nice! 😉 Thanks for the save and I hope you get there soon 🙂

  8. October 20, 2017 / 7:53 am

    This is a good guide for starters since we all know that travelling to Iceland is a bit expensive and knowing that there are free things to see and do are great. I have not been there yet and will surely consider all of these when I arrived in Reykjavik. Thanks
    JM of Man Of Wanders

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Thank you. I hope you can do these free things soon!

  9. October 20, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Reykjavik looks absolutely stunning! And what a great list of options! I love finding free ways to enjoy a new place. I’m sure the ice skating costs something in the winter, but I would LOVE to ice skate in such a gorgeous setting, so I’m sure it would be worth the cost of rentals!

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      I think that would be a good idea to spend money to ice skating. Will be worth it 🙂

  10. October 20, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I’m going to Iceland in november! I’m spending a few days in Reykjavík! I’m adding some of these onto my list!

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      That’s awesome! Let me know what you did and you will love Reykjavik! 🙂

  11. October 25, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Reykjavik seems so charming and definitely worth visiting. These 10 things seem like a must do there. How many days would you suggest staying there?

    • November 4, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      If you want to take your time and visit a museum I would suggest 2 or 3 days. Keep in mind it is a very small town and I did it all in one day. I would had loved an extra day to take my time.

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