The Thrifty Traveller’s Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

Travelling is such an exhilarating, exciting thing to do – but there’s a lot of intimidation surrounding it due to the expense that it can bring. Because of this, I wanted to do more ‘thrifty travel’ posts on my blog, highlighting ways that you can explore incredible cities for little to no money – but still finish your holiday with experiences that are worth writing home about!

Reykjavik is a city of magic. The entire country of Iceland is, to be exact. It’s a place of mystery and beauty – of incredible contrasts and gorgeous views to marvel at. It’s also somewhere that’s incredibly expensive, which means that a regular excursion through the beautiful city can set you back a bit when you want to get a flavour of the place as a whole.

That’s why I decided to make this itinerary – here are 7 things that you can do while you’re in Reykjavik that cost little to no money, meaning that you’ll get the best experiences in the city, but you also won’t feel the guilty pull of a debit card trembling in fear (ha!).

 

#1 Take a Free Walking Tour of Reykjavik

What better way to learn about Reykjavik’s history than by walking the streets AND being told about what you’re seeing by people who’s job it is to know everything about the place? Also, it’s free! So not only will you be learning a lot and seeing a lot, but you’ll be saving a lot too!

The tour is incredibly informative, the tour-runners are really friendly and it’s a great way to meet other like-minded travellers embarking on the same tour as you! The website for the tour is linked here, so you can check availability and book yourself in if you’re interested!

Travel is supposed to be fun, and that doesn't always mean it has to come with a hefty price tag! Forget your wallet and explore Reykjavik with this awesome guide to experience the city how it's meant to be seen! | The Thrifty Traveller's Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

#2 Eat One of the Best Hot Dogs in Europe at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

Rumoured to be the best hot dogs in the whole of Europe, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is never short on customers and I can almost guarantee you that there will be a line, regardless of what time or day you drop by for one! Everyone says to make sure you order the hot dog with “everything on it” (which includes both raw and fried onions, as well as three sauces). It was incredible, I promise you!

Also, apparently Bill Clinton dropped by real casually one time, ordered one and absolutely loved it. So yeah.

Travel is supposed to be fun, and that doesn't always mean it has to come with a hefty price tag! Forget your wallet and explore Reykjavik with this awesome guide to experience the city how it's meant to be seen! | The Thrifty Traveller's Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

#3 Drop by Hallgrimskirkja Church (And Ride All the Way to the Top!)

Reykjavik’s church (and home to the iconic Reykjavik photo of the street, Leifsgata), Hallsgrimskirkja is absolutely gorgeous and a must see! It’s free to enter, but you can also get an elevator to the top (for aforementioned Leifsgata photo) for £6 and it’s completely worth it. You’ll get views across the entire city, from the streets to the harbour – it’s breathtaking.

Travel is supposed to be fun, and that doesn't always mean it has to come with a hefty price tag! Forget your wallet and explore Reykjavik with this awesome guide to experience the city how it's meant to be seen! | The Thrifty Traveller's Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

#4 Visit the National Museum of Iceland

Iceland’s such an interesting country, so why not pop by the National Museum and learn about how it became what it is today? Tickets into the Museum are about £8 but Scott and I popped by on a Sunday and there was a 2 for 1 offer on! I don’t know if this is a weekly thing or a Sunday thing but knowing that they do offers like that makes all the difference when you’re budgeting on holiday!

#5 Take a Trip to Perlan

Another landmark of Reykjavik, The Pearl (or Perlan) is free to enter and is full of exhibitions, three shops, a cafe and a restaurant! When visiting The Pearl, make sure you go to the viewing deck too for another brilliant view of Reykjavik from above (though this one is completely free!)

Travel is supposed to be fun, and that doesn't always mean it has to come with a hefty price tag! Forget your wallet and explore Reykjavik with this awesome guide to experience the city how it's meant to be seen! | The Thrifty Traveller's Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

#6 Bargain with the Best of Them at Kolaportið

So, you’re walking down Laugavegur, desperately looking for the perfect gift to bring home – but the prices of everything brings legitimate tears to your eyes (Iceland is pretty expensive). Well, fear not, just take a trip to Kolaportið instead!

An indoor market hall, Kolaportið offers stall after stall selling Icelandic goods – from knick knacks to wool sweaters, you’ll find everything you could need to bring home there! A pro tip is to make sure you haggle with the sellers there, too. You’ll be sure to grab a great deal that way!

Travel is supposed to be fun, and that doesn't always mean it has to come with a hefty price tag! Forget your wallet and explore Reykjavik with this awesome guide to experience the city how it's meant to be seen! | The Thrifty Traveller's Guide to Reykjavik, Iceland

#7 Get Lost at the Harbour

One of the best things about travelling is being surrounded by things you never usually would be. So forget your map, and your itinerary, and schedule an hour or two where you can just aimlessly wander with those you love and discover the city for yourself. Whether you’re exploring the back streets of Reykjavik, or the beautiful harbour (home to famous seafood restaurants and the art-deco inspired Harpa concert hall) you’ll have an amazing time taking the adventure into your own hands and making memories through walking where your gut tells you.

After all, the best stories always start with “hey, remember that time we got lost and ____”.

Have you ever visited Reykjavik? Or are you planning to? I’ve done a series of blog posts about Iceland which you can read here. I’d love to hear where you’ve gone or where you have planned to visit while you’re there! Make sure to comment below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses! Thank-you so much for reading.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful day,
Michael

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  • Sophie Lee

    First time heard of this city but already fall in love with it through your photos <3

    Sophie, Cool style for men

    • Michael

      Thank-you so much, Sophie! Reykjavik is an incredible place – and the country of Iceland is such a great place to explore! I hope you’re having a lovely day!

    • Thank-you so much, Sophie! It’s such a wonderful place – I can’t recommend it enough! I hope you have a wonderful week!

  • Great post! I’m hoping to visit Iceland next year (and already can’t wait!!) I’ll definitely be bearing these tips in mind for my planning 😀

    Coffee & Avocados

    • Michael

      Thank-you so much, I hope you have the best time when you go – it’s such an amazing country!

    • Thank-you Rachel, I hope you do get over there! It’s such a wonderful country, it’s most definitely worth it! Have a lovely end to your week!

  • Iceland is definitely is on my list of places to go. It looks like a really nice city!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

    • Michael

      Reykjavik is an amazing city, it’s such a cool place to explore! I hope you have a lovely week Melissa!

    • Reykjavik is an incredible city, Melissa! Really interesting and beautiful! The whole country of Iceland is amazing and I can’t recommend the National Museum enough if you manage to make it over there, it’s such an interesting culture to learn about!

  • I love Iceland so much!!
    I lived there for 3 months, and miss it!
    Beautiful photos. 🙂

    ~Adriana

    http://www.leopardmartini.com

    • Michael

      Wow, really!? That’s amazing! Thank-you so much! I hope you have a lovely week, Adriana! 🙂

    • Wow, really!? That’s amazing! What was it like to live there?! I hope you have a lovely week, thanks Adriana!

  • Cassie @ Be Forever Healthier

    Your photos are awesome!!! Iceland is definitely on my list and these are some great ideas so bookmarking for sure!

    • Thank-you so much, Cassie! It’s such an awesome place, I hope you have the best time if you make it over there!

  • I love to learn about new corners of our earth to explore. You definitely did not fail to disappoint.

    • Thank-you Elise! I hope you have a lovely end to your week!

  • Kim

    I absolutely loved Iceland when I visited last June! I didn’t get a chance to visit the National Museum or Perlan, so I guess those will be reasons to come back 😉

    Kim / Simply Lovebirds