Whether you’re running low on funds after exploring Iceland, or you just want a low-key day downtown, there are always cool and free things to do in this city. If you’ve got a couple days to walk around, here are some fun things you can do without spending money.
Explore the street art throughout the city
You probably already know Reykjavik is an enchanting little city of colorful homes, but have you noticed our street art scene? Large murals by local and foreign artists are all over the city; just take a walk downtown to discover these great art pieces!
Visit the Museum of Photography
If museums are your thing, head over to the library in town, where on the top floor sits this museum. It has exhibitions with beautiful photographs that totally reflect the country’s unique spirit. Also, this isn’t the only museum that’s free. There’s a sculpture garden by Hallgrimskirkja, too.
Go to Perlan
This landmark building offers you one of the best views of the city. Totally free, totally worth it. The photo at the top of this post is taken by Niklas Möller on the sightseeing deck at Perlan in early evening on a winter night. It’s also a nice spot to watch the Northern Lights if the weather is in your favor.
Take a walk around Tjörnin the largest pond in Reykjavik
It has a park that surrounds it and of course, a lot of happy ducks that may ask you for some bread. After feeding time, head into the town hall to check out a sweet 3D map of the entire country.
Visit Harpa, Reykjavik’s concert hall.
You can’t miss this architectural wonder when you’re in town, but it’s not enough to just take pictures of the outside! During the day, Harpa shines with the natural daylight; however, during the evening, this hall is illuminated with dancing lights. And if you are lucky, you can search online and maybe get a chance to see some free events, like the Icelandic symphony rehearsals.
Go to the Flea Market.
If you are in town during the weekend, visit Kolaportið down by the harbor. You’ll find all kinds of crafts, books and of course food such as fermented shark. If you do have some money left, or you’ve been holding out for an Icelandic sweater, this is the place to find the cheapest ones.
Concerts and pub quizzes!
There are concerts by jazz and indie musicians for free all over town every single night. Pub quizzes are also frequent, with the most well-known one being the movie quiz held at the Lebowski Bar on Thursday nights. There’s no cover charge or entry fee to join in, either.
These are just a few of the things you can do without spending money while you’re in town, and it just goes to show that you don’t need to buy something to go deep into Icelandic culture.
Now, no more excuses: Iceland isn’t only about Geyser and volcanoes, it’s city life, too!
P.S. Check out our blog on Nauthólsvík, the geothermal beach in town, and super close to the hostel! So free, and so awesome that it deserves its own post 🙂