Park the car and put on your walking shoes! Reykjavik is a great city to experience on your feet. Located on the southwest corner of the island, it sits right on the coast.
Getting to Iceland can be cheap, but once you are there, the rumors are true. It’s expensive. Budget travelers, don’t fret. If you are there to explore the city, there are plenty of free things to do in Reykjavik.
Window Shop Laugavegur
Walk Along the Water to The Sun Voyager
Check Out the Street Art
Find Fun Playgrounds for Kids
Explore Sculptures Around Town
Walk Around Harpa Concert Hall
Take in History at Hallgrimskirkja
Tips and Tricks to downtown:
This can be a popular thing to do, but make sure there are no signs that say “don’t feed the birds.” While it can be fun for kids and adults, it’s not always the best thing to do. If you can feed the birds, instead of bread, try finding one of the following:
seedless grapes, cooked rice, bird seed, peas, corn, oats and chopped lettuce.
You will have no problem finding a bar or restaurant to relax during your walking tour. Find a happy hour, because every place has it an the prices are a bit more wallet friendly.
For a cheaper dining option, find food trucks or stalls. There are great fish and chip options along the water.
Tipping: You do not need to tip, they are accustomed to the European style of no tipping.
It can be intimidating driving in a new city. Where should you park, where can you park, is there free parking? Reykjavik has small streets and limited parking. During the day, if you want to park downtown there is an hourly charge from 9am-6pm on week days and 10am-6pm on weekends. From 6pm to 10am it is free, so if you need overnight parking it’s a good option. If you don’t mind walking, you can find street parking in residential areas.
To pay, you can use cash or credit card.
Almost all bars, restaurants and hotels have free wifi. We have Verizon and our cell coverage was 4 bars.
As always, please respect locals and their way of life. Help keep their natural wonder clean and unharmed. Respect signs, even if it contradicts what you expected to do. Respect private property and the safety of the Icelandic horses.
Here is a link to Google maps to start planning your walking tour!
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