Best Things to do in Reykjavik for Free

Iceland is one a remarkably stunning destination on earth. There is no limit to the wonders it offers you. Like most of the cities, it is best to start your Iceland journey in its capital Reykjavik.

Although, like what you might have already head, Reykjavik could do some serious harm to your wallet. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Luckily, there are still a few free things to do in Reykjavik Iceland to enjoy the place. So if you are running on a budget, go through our Reykjavik travel guide to see how you can save some money and still explore the city doing these 10 top free things.

1. Walking Tours


One of the best ways to explore a city is on foot. And if you have someone to walk along with you and tell you all about the history and whimsical facts about the place it gets even better.

Usually, walking tours come at a price. But in Reykjavik, Citywalk offers free walking tours of the city, where you can learn all about the history and culture of the place. It is an excellent way to get to know the city and get a head start before doing it on your own.

2. Get a sight of Perlan


Perlan is a striking architectural marvel in the city of Reykjavik. It is a world class museum showcasing the wonders of Iceland. The entry to the museum is paid.

However, the structure of the building itself is truly magnificent. Its class dome ceiling sparkles day and night and is an icon of Reykjavik skyline now. There is an observation deck too, where you can enter at a fee of $4.

The area around Perlan Reykjavik is equally beautiful and landscaped. It is worth spending some time here even if you don’t visit the exhibitions because we know museums are not interesting for everyone.

3. Visit the City Hall

city hall reykjavik

City Hall is not something you feel like you want to see in a new place. After all, every city has it right. But trust us, this one is worth it, just for the enormous 3D map of Iceland they have in there. After you have done staring at it, there would be a few more temporary exhibitions you can check out.

Near the city hall, there is also a beautiful pond with ducks floating on it, which is a really mesmerizing sight.

4. Explore Tjörnin


Tjörnin is a large pond in Reykjavik which is a sight for sore eyes in the city. It is a great part where you can stroll and relax on one of the benches by the pond. There is also a beautiful park with space for playground and picnic. This is one of the popular photography spots in the city. The park and pond are surrounded by charming buildings and gives it a quaint touch.

Feel free to stop by and say hi to the ducks, but remember not to feed them.

5. Take a look at the sculptures in Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden

Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden

The Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden is located right next to the Hallgrímskirkja church. The garden is quiet and peaceful, and its highlight is the unique sculptures inside. Take photos and admire the sculptures here in the evenings.

6. Enjoy the Sea at Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach

Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach

The hot pools of Iceland are fabled all over the world. They have a knack of keeping it warm when it comes to pools. The man-made geothermal beach of Nauthólsvík is no exception.

Soak in the warm pool if you don't mind the fellow travelers and head out to the cold waters of the sea. The pool is free only during the summer months but is open throughout the year. Even in winter, it is worth to pay the small fee to enjoy the warm waters.

7. Visit Harpa

Harpa Concert Hall

Harpa Concert Hall is a most distinguished landmark in the city. Its glass facade shines through the sunrays and is a glistening structure. At night, the whole building is lit up with dancing lights, and it is wonderful to watch it.

Without getting inside itself, the Harpa can entice you just with its glamorous facade.

8. Get the Local Scene at Kolaportið


Enjoy the local social scene at the weekend flea market in Reykjavik. Kolaportið, near the harbor, has dozens of stalls selling anything and everything from books to food. Even if you don’t plan to shop anything, the energy of the market is great. There are also few food stalls selling some quirky Icelandic stuff like fermented sharks.

9. Go shopping in Laugavegur

 shopping street

Laugavegur is the main shopping street of Reykjavik, where you can find fun stores and cafes to spend a whole day at. Its lined with arrays of top designer boutiques and local products from Iceland.  

It has all the elements to be the coolest artery of the city with colors and artsy cafes scattered around. There are also a few dazzling bars and eateries that are most famous in the city.

10. Make Memories at the Sun Voyager

sun voyager reykjavik

Every place has a spot that is famous for being the backdrop of traveler pictures. In Reykjavik, it is the Sun Voyager. The sculpture resembling a liking ship is a must thing to see, and a picture here set against the Mount Esja and the sea could be an iconic photograph, especially at sunset. You surely don’t want to miss the ambiance here while visiting Iceland.

Reykjavik is an extraordinary place to be, while everything might seem way too expensive, you are likely to stumble upon a few things that are worth spending on. Consider the city a gateway to the other wonders of Iceland and try to relax and prepare before you set out to the mountains and lakes.

But before you plan further, you should start confirming cheap flights to Reykjavik first. Book them here at FareDepot at incredibly discounted rates for international flights. WIth what you save from our cheapest airfare, you will surely be able to save some extra to spend in Iceland.