This weekend, there are plenty of activities in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík that you can partake in, for absolutely free. See our top picks below for things to do in the land of ice and fire that will help you to save those valuable krónas.

Let’s face it, Iceland has a reputation when it comes to how expensive items and services can be. During your trip, no one would blame you for enquiring as to whether there is anything fun to do in Reykjavík without breaking the bank.


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Luckily, Guide to Iceland Now is here to offer you some advice on how to occupy your days without spending a penny. So now, let us look at what’s going on in the city this Saturday.

Saturday 19th January 2019

Credit: Kef LAVÍK facebook.

Kef LAVÍK will be playing a show at the bohemian KEX Hostel on Saturday night, bringing with them upbeat electro-rap stylings. With lyrics firmly rooted in the underground, this anonymous duo knows just how to get their loyal crowd hollering. Fans of Icelandic music have no better place to be.

For those looking for more leisurely activities, or who simply wish to absorb the local culture, are recommended to take a pleasant stroll around Old Harbour, only a few minute’s walk from the city centre. This is one of the prettiest parts of the city given the gently swaying boats and incredible views of Mount Esja.

Credit: Stefán Birgir Stefáns. Flickr.

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race can also make an event of the new series by attending All Stars 4 with Iceland’s most famous drag queen, Gógó Starr. The event is held in Loft Hostel, an establishment that not only provides quality drinks with happy hour prices to match but also a terrace that overlooks Reykjavík’s main thoroughfare, Laugavegur.

While this option is not entirely free, you could always drop in to the Shitbroke Saturday event with the Erasmus Student Network where beer is on offer for 500 ISK… not a bad price for some daytime drinking!

Sunday 20th January 2019

Seat Filler, Iceland’s only free game show, is hosted by comedians Huw and Dan. Credit: Seat Filler Facebook.

If you’re fans of humour, why not sit in on Iceland’s only free game show, Seat Filler, hosted at the premier comedy club in Reykjavík, The Secret Cellar? Starring some of the top comics on the Icelandic comedy circuit, this hilarious show features an animated mixture of stand up, improv and audience interaction.


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Another free activity is feeding the birds at Lake Tjörnin. Colloquially known as “The Downtown Pond”, Lake Tjörnin banks City Hall and Iðnó Theatre. During the coldest days of winter, the lake is often used a makeshift ice rink by the locals. Be aware that feeding birds bread or stale foods can be poor for their digestive systems. Instead, opt for feeding the ducks and swans food items such as peas, lentils and seeds.  

Credit: Flickr. Andrea Schaffer

Finally, you could pay a visit to Kolaportið, a lively indoor flea market found between Harpa Concert Hall and Old Harbour.

This musty and eclectic indoor market is perfect for picking up items and souvenirs on the cheap. There are countless books, DVDs, t-shirts and lopapeysas wooly sweaters and even toys for the young ones.

Of course, there is no need to purchase anything; instead, you can simply soak up the sights, sounds and smells, and even sample the tasters in the market’s fish section.


What are your favourite free activities to do while in Iceland? Feel free to leave your thoughts and questions in the facebook comments box below.