5 FREE Things To Do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik has something for everyone, from amazing restaurants, beautiful museums, to quaint shops. Below is our list of Five Free Things To Do in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and home to 2/3’s of the country’s population so it truly is the heart of Iceland. For these reasons alone it is worth at least a few days of every traveler’s time. Being in such a large city can be quite expensive so we created a list of our favorite, absolutely free, things to do in Reykjavik. These could all be knocked out in an afternoon and would be a perfect way to get acquainted with the city. After saving all that money the first day you can check out seven can’t miss Icelandic adventures! Be sure to let us know your favorite below in the comments and if you’re feeling extra amazing shoot this post a like and a share, as always, enjoy! One last thing before you get too far, remember to…

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Looking for FREE things to do in Reykjavik? Iceland is known for being expensive so we put together a guide on the top 5 free things to do in Reykjavik. Check it out!
Looking for FREE things to do in Reykjavik? Iceland is known for being expensive so we put together a travel guide on the top 5 free things to do in Reykjavik. Check it out!

Without further ado, we give you our list of Five FREE Things To Do in Reykjavik:

#1) Explore the Harpa Concert Hall 


Opened in 2011 the Harpa Concert Hall has won numerous awards for its stunning design and architecture. Geometric steel framework dotted with different colored glass panels lead to surreal color changes within Harpa’s halls. The building also contains a hotel, two restaurants, and numerous shops. Given all this and its proximity to the water and other free attractions it tops our list as the best free thing to do in Reykavik.

#2) Visit Hallgrimskirkja Church


A statue of Leif Eiriksson stands guard over the harbor in front of Hallgrimskirkja, Iceland’s most recognizable church. Shaped to look like the hardened magma columns of the waterfalls dotting Iceland’s countryside this church tops out at 244 feet tall. With a minimalistic interior the pipe organ rises to prominence and soft, yellow lighting brings out the simple beauty of the hall. For $7 USD you can book a tour to climb to the top of the tower for a fantastic view of the city.

#3) Walk around Laugavegur Street


On the old “Wash Road” Reykjavik’s primary shopping street is home to bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops of all kinds. Perfect for just walking around or further exploring what each shop has to offer Laugavegur Street is a great way to spend a few hours. All the shops offer plenty of fun things to do in Reykjavik but if you’re in the mood for delicious chocolates and candies be sure to try out Vínberið! (trust us they are spectacular!!)

#4) The Sun Voyager


The Sun Voyager is often mistaken as an ode to Leif Eriksson and his Viking ships, instead it is intended to represent the sun and symbolize light and hope. Regardless of what people think it looks like, on a clear day this massive steel sculpture is a sight to behold. Looking west out across the bay towards Mt. Esja the glass floors reflect the blue skies and make the sculpture appear to be almost seaworthy (minus the gaping holes in the sides!).

#5) Hike around Perlan Observatory


Many people recognize Perlan for its phenomenal views of downtown Reykjavik, and rightfully so it’s incredible! However, along Perlan’s hillside there are numerous old WWII bunkers all open to be explored. Remember to pack a flashlight so you can explore the tunnels and a camera to document your adventures. Regardless of how much you explore the tunnels, the views of Reykjavik along the path are all worth the hike!

As you can see, there are tons of things to do in Reykjavik, and even some free stuff! Do you know of any other free things to do in Reykjavik? Be sure to let us know about them below in the comments, or tell us which sounds the most appealing to you. Please remember to subscribe and share our blog on social media with your friends and family, God Bless!

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20 Replies to “5 FREE Things To Do in Reykjavik”

  1. Thank you so much! Hope you’ll get the chance to see it for yourself someday❤️

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  3. Wow, the concert hall looks amazing! Great post and photos.

    Only ever stopped in Reykjavik for a couple of hours en-route from Ecuador>JFK>London. I should return. 🙂

    1. You really should! The whole country is a magical place, and we’d love to help make you a custom vacation plan to make the most of your time there❤️ where do you usually travel to?

      1. Yikes! Sorry to hear that😢 luckily we focus on budget and family travel so if it ever picks up we’d love to help!

  4. It’s a great list of things to do and we managed to tick most of them off while there! Thanks for commenting on my recent tongue in cheek post about why you shouldn’t visit Iceland 😊. It’s a great place to visit and I’m so glad we included it in our 3 months of touring around. We will definitely return one day!

    1. Thank you! It really is a wonderful little island and we look forward to returning one day. Of course it was a great read!

  5. Wonderful. I would add, “Eat local fish!” The fish is truly amazing, daily caught from unpolluted waters and can be sampled from many of the local restaurants. Also, stroll Lake Tjornin and see the amazing birds, including the whopper swans. A wildlife cruise in the harbor is also fascinating!

    1. Thank you! Those are all wonderful additions! When did you visit Iceland?

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