£20 in... Reykjavik£20 in... Reykjavik


Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is so expensive that the top 10 free things to do there include feeding pigeons and drinking tap water.

But can you have a good time in Iceland’s capital on £20?


You can look round a lot of the cultural heavy hitters for free. Make sure you check out Hallgrímskirkja, the giant church that looks like an evil wizard’s lair.

The opera house, Harpa, is worth a look even if you can’t afford to see the opera (you probs can’t).

Your last “cultural” pit-stop should be cafe Babalu for a quick selfie with the Star Wars toilet art. If you’ve got krona to burn, stick around for a tasty cheesecake.

Make like a local and head to Nauthólsvík geothermal beach if the weather’s nice. A hot spring hits the Atlantic Ocean to make sea water that is “still considerably colder than you’d want.” Oh.

There’s hot tubs for those who don’t fancy frostbite.


Kolaportið flea market is open at weekends and sells loads of Icelandic goodies - moss bread, horse meat sausages, fish balls and rotting shark, all for about a fiver 👌

Lobster soup is an (actually nice) local delicacy. Head down to the Old Harbour for a bowl full from Sægreifinn (£13).


The only way to survive the cost of drinking out in Reykjavik is to download Appy Hour and seek out half price liquor.

Your best choice for a dance is Paloma - a friendly club that’s nicely jagged round the edges. Fingers crossed for no entry fee and try to sneak in a hipflask of discount airport booze.

Sum Up

Reykjavik’s one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Save your krona for shark meat and shots of black death, and fill your day with free sightseeing. Or spend the whole lot on a ticket to the Dick Museum.