Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Reykjavik

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  • Hattergirl1989
    Bradenton, FL87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be sure to go inside and look at the amazing organ! If you are lucky you can see and better yet hear musicians practicing. Remember that although the church is open to visitors it is still a place of worship so low voices us appreciated. Light a candle for a loved one.
    Written July 15, 2024
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  • Rishaan S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum, awesome show on the Aurora Borealis and the volcanoes of Iceland. The exhibits regarding the natural wildlife were great with some being interactive as well and the cafe and restaurant at the top as well as the 360 degree view of Reykjavik are amazing. The cherries on top are the friendly staff, the chocolate they give after and the QR code on said chocolate wrappers which allows u to rewatch the films within the next 72 hours. Wonderful!
    Written July 12, 2024
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  • Dave H
    Madison, WI7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent cultural venue in a country with little current cultural activities. We enjoyed several shows and events. Walking distance from much of Reykjavik.
    Written July 4, 2024
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  • Irene T
    Singapore, Singapore297 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The sleek, Viking ship-inspired design against the backdrop of the sea and mountains creates a striking and symbolic sight. It's an iconic landmark in the city, so I guess that makes it a must-see. The walk to the sculpture is very nice. It was a very windy day when I visited so I didn't stay too long as it was so cold. But if the weather is nice, it'll be lovely to sit and admire the view for a while.
    Written July 7, 2024
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  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada1,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum presents a comprehensive summary of the history of Iceland. There are lots of artifacts, displays, explanations and recreations for you to enjoy. If you are into this type of educational, historical museum, then this is the place for you. Very high quality, but a bit dry. If you want something better for kids and interactive entertainment, the Perlan museum has more.
    Written June 29, 2024
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  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada1,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice, bustling street filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, art and more. It's a great place to spend some time
    Written June 27, 2024
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  • Doug W
    Wembley, UK1,053 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Aurora building at the top of the Old Harbour is a nice little attraction that give a great insight to the Aurora Borealis, or as it is more commonly known, the Northern Lights. Inside there are small displays explaining the phenomenon and how it happens, a small cinema where you can sit for 20 or 30 minutes or so seeing images of the lights from locations all over the island and then in the small shop and coffee bar you can sit down for the final treat. A virtual reality headset with about 3 minutes of the Borealis crashing all over the sky. That bit is great, as your head swings from side to side and up and down trying to follow it all over the sky as it happens before your eyes.
    It is quite small exhibition and can be visited in an hour or less which is great if like us for instance, you need to fill a little time before going out on a boat or something.
    There is an entrance fee which is ok, but beware if, like us you have booked with an excursion such as a Northern Lights sightseeing tour that promised a free admission the Aurora Centre on the day of the tour. We went along on that assumption, only to find that the Centre had no knowledge of the promised ticket and so, being at a loose end we opted to pay for admission (for which the visit was, I think, good value). Expecting to claim the fee back from the tour company. When we tried later to do just that, the company denied that they offered such a deal and claimed that we must have seen that offer on some other firms website. I am pretty sure that we did not, but when trying to get more information from the main Icelandic booking website who we booked through, we got nowhere.
    So be warned, the promise of free entry may not always be honoured, but don't let that stop you from visiting the Aurora, Northern Lights Centre, it really is a very good experience.
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • ChinaShrek
    Maine444 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went to this this attraction because I am a high school social studies teacher and I like history. I suggest visiting the National Museum first and then coming here. This museum is only about the history of Reykjavik. The National Museum covers the entires history of Iceland. Here, there is a Viking Longhouse that was discovered on the sight and this is the highlight of the museum. Admission is 2990 Kroner or about $21. I thought that was a little pricey.
    Written July 10, 2024
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Driving the Iceland's Ring Road or Route Nr. 1 is the best adventure you can do on your own to fully admire this amazing island.
    Like its name says likewise in many cities worldwide Ring Road runs all around, but instead around the city it goes all around the island.

    Here, I will give future travelers some tips I gathered during my two months research for our trip, which perfectly matched with our experience on ground.

    - The very first advice in order to do it is to rent a car,
    - I strongly advise 'Blue Car Rental' or their subsidiary 'Zero Car'. They're a local car rental company and you've probably never heard about them like me. But, after I did from our hotel's email recommendation, I canceled my booking at a major car rental company and booked with them. I checked their online reviews and never have seen such ratings for a car rental (4,5 to 4,9). I totally agree and rated them likewise.
    - When renting (with any company) choose 'Full protection' coverage (at Zero Car it is mandatory). Iceland is a very unique and specific country - volcano ash, gravels and driving on unpaved roads could damage your rental which leads to orbit charges in one of the world's most expensive countries if you don't purchase Full protection,
    - We rented from 'Zero Car' for several reasons. Everything is online - full prepayment (don't worry, you can cancel any time if plans change). Full insurance included at a slightly lower price than at 'Blue Car' and best of all - NO wait time. You get emailed your key box code, go directly for the keys in a key locker and then straight to your car. We were in our car after 5 min, while at the 'Blue Car' counter was a 10+ people line.
    - Plan AT LEAST six days for a Ring Road drive. While the 1.300 km (800 mi) length could be comfortably driven in two days, you'd be a fool doing that and seeing nothing. Plan your lodging approximately every 200-300 km in order to have enough time to explore the area of that day. Beware, some attractions (ice caves, glaciers walks,...) you CANNOT do on your own, but with a tour, so plan accordingly. Start your day early, before sunrise to get most of it, specially in autumn/winter.
    - Obey speed limits - fines are high and there's absolutely no reason to drive fast. Likewise most of Europe in residential area is 30 km/h, through town is 50 km/h, but on open road (ONE lane only in both directions throughout entire island) is 90 km/h. I must emphasize I rarely reached that 90 km/h and let others bypass me, as the scenery all around is so spectacular you're missing much if you drive fast.
    - Refuel often, don't fall below half a tank - in some areas gas stations are rare and beware you could be stuck somewhere due to snow or strong winds with your engine running for heating. Fuel is very expensive (around 2,20 Euros per liter) - 'Zero Car' gives you a token with car keys valid for a discount at 'Olis' gas stations to save some money,
    - Decide beforehand if you'd like to drive further inland on F-roads (unpaved) in order to rent an appropriate car. In that case you must rent a 4x4 (heavy fines if you don't and drive there with a normal car) and extend your journey to 7-8 days. We didn't do that, but had a Kia sport wagon driving only the paved roads.
    - Watch for wildlife on the road. Animals are mostly fenced just by the roadside and you can park and approach to pet them, they're very friendly and people used. However, we saw them crossing the road once and apart from car damage and trip ruin you could face a law suite from the animal owner. When parking along the road do that with caution parking with your entire vehicle aside the driving lane.
    - Unusually, many car parks by nature attractions in the middle of nowhere ARE paying. There's a paying machine and you'll be fined if you don't pay parking no matter how silly it looks. Parking is also pretty expensive (mostly around 900 ISK, 7 Euros flat rate no matter you stay one hour or half a day). Luckily, all the natural attractions are free so this is the only expense.
    - Restaurants are very expensive, so you might opt for self catering apartments to prepare your own food. 'Bonus' and 'Kronan' are two huge food store chains present in every bigger town to stock yourself. Beware, you cannot buy alcohol here (only 2% low alcohol beer). For real stuff you must find a liquor store ('Vinbudin" is widely present) and be prepared for skyrocket prices.
    TIP: Buy alcohol when you land at Keflavik airport. There's a free shop at arrival (you pass through it). Still expensive, it is around 20% cheaper than elsewhere.
    - Weather can change within minutes. Have layers of clothes to act accordingly - waterproof clothes are must, as well hiking boots, gloves,...

    Please remember these are only my tips and advices to prepare you, not to scare you. Following them you'll have a terrific time in this amazing country. We had absolutely no problems and brought back lifetime memories.
    Enjoy to the fullest the Land of Fire and Ice.
    Written November 12, 2023
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  • kmurdoch2017
    St. Andrews, UK18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time at the baths in the early evening after a day of walking and sightseeing. As both over 67 we got in for free when we showed our ID. Outdoor pool, indoor pool, cold plunge pool and hot seated pool as well as saunas etc.
    We only had a stopover in Reykjavik or we would have definitely gone again.
    Written June 5, 2024
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  • Christina O
    Norfolk, VA328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The laug is really good, clean changing rooms, lockers without charging, wristbands, 50m indoor and outdoor pool nice and warm and about 6 different hot tubs and a steam room. Kids area and a good slide.
    My favorite after visiting 3 laugs in Reykjavik
    Written June 18, 2024
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  • JAVIER M
    Monterey, CA21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you have some time to kill in the city, this place is really nice. It is outdoors and if the weather is good, walking around the 17th century buildings is really enjoyable. We couldn’t make it for the guided tour that takes place once and it would have been more educational but you can perfectly roam around since there are signs everywhere.
    Written June 28, 2024
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  • Kim B
    Boston, MA107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique experience that is educational, entertaining, and humorous. We explored the museum and gift shop in about an hour or so.
    Written July 11, 2024
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  • AK8397
    Ontario, Canada1,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This maritime museum provides a history of the fishing industry in Iceland. It is packed with memorabilia, old equipment, photos and other exhibits. It is pretty specialized, and may not be for everyone, but it is worth listening to the audio presentations on headsets that tell interesting, educational and humorous anecdotes from days gone by. There is also a coast guard boat to visit.
    Written June 27, 2024
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  • Janice
    Glasgow700 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful location outside Reyjavik away from the city, would recommend taking the coastal path to get to the lighthouse. With the tide out you can cross to the lighthouse and walk around the island.
    Written March 25, 2024
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