Budget Tours and Experiences in Iceland

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Nína Hjördís Þorkelsdóttir

Budget Tours and Experiences in Iceland

I've compiled this list of budget-friendly tours in Iceland for travelers who don't want to break the bank during their vacation. I also included some pro tips at the end✌🏼

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Budget Day Tours from Reykjavik

4 tours from Reykjavik under or around 100$

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$ 85
Golden Circle & The Secret Lagoon
Nína:This amazing tour combines nature sightseeing with relaxing in a natural geothermal hot pool in the south of Iceland.
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$ 84
South Coast Classic: Guided in 10 languages
Nína:Nothing beats the south coast of Iceland. This tour is a must-do!
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$ 80
Grand Golden Circle Tour
Nína:See Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and Geysir Hot Spring on this day tour.
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$ 112
Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
Nína:This might be your only chance in life to literally snorkel in between two continents. You also get the chance to see the beautiful Thingvellir National Park.
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Free Things to Do

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Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
Nína:This beach in Reykjavik is perfect on sunny days and it's free during the summer. Swim in the ocean, chill on the beach or soak in the geothermal hot tub by the sea.
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The Reykjadalur Hot Spring Hike on Your Own
Nína:This is an hour long hike to a hot river where you can bathe and relax. The hike is scenic and the river is so nice. There's no entrance fee, you just have to show up.
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Ongoing Music Events in Reykjavík
Nína:There are a lot of free music events in Reykjavik, especially on weeknights. Check out this article for more details.
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The 5 Best Mountains to Hike around Reykjavik
Nína:The mountain view from Reykjavík is simply stunning. The capital is surrounded by mountains you can hike and the best thing is that it's totally free.
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8 Tours and Experiences under 50$

Various tours and experiences under 50$.

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$ 24
Chocolate Factory Tours
Nína:Try Icelandic chocolate on this fantastic factory visit.
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$ 28
Bryggjan Beer & Brewery Tour
Nína:Let experts show you around Bryggan brewery and try some of the good stuff while there.
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$ 33
Hop On/Hop Off – Reykjavik Sight Seeing
Nína:A great way to see the city, especially if the weather is bad.
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$ 48
Puffin Express
Nína:This is a one-hour tour departing from Reykjavik that takes you to a puffin colony on an island off the shore.
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Cheap Eats in Reykjavik

These restaurants are a great choice if you're looking for good value.

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Nína:This all-vegan restaurant in downtown Reykjavik has an offer every month (bowl of the month and soup of the month) for around 10$ each. Really fresh and tasty food at a fair price.
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Domino's Pizza
Nína:If you really want to save money you should go to Domino's on a Tuesday. They have an offer for all medium-sized pizzas (around 8$ a pie).
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Mandi Reykjavik
Nína:Great middle-eastern street food and awesome fries. I highly recommend the falafel wrap.
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Nína:This burger joint is extremely popular with locals. Great burgers, good price.
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Nína:Stúdentakjallarinn is the campus bar/restaurant at the University of Iceland. The food is not the best in town but the prices are very low and they have a foosball table.
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Nína:Good Indian food that has a nice lunchtime offer on Tuesdays.
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Nína:The self-service restaurant at IKEA is probably the cheapest in the capital. You have to drive pretty far and the restaurant isn't very cozy, but it's nevertheless a good choice if you're on a tight budget.
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Pro tips

1. If you want to eat at a fancy restaurant, try going there during lunchtime. Usually the prices are a bit lower than in the evening. 2. An Icelandic phone company called NOVA has so many 2 for 1 deals for restaurants in Reykjavik. If you buy a sim card from them, you can access all these offers. 3. Drinks are usually really expensive at bars and restaurants in Iceland. Buy your own booze at the Vínbúðin liqueur store if you want to save some cash. 4. The cheapest supermarket in Iceland is called Bónus. The difference between the prices in Bónus and a supermarket called 10/11 for instance is huge. 5. Grab something from the bakery instead of eating your breakfast at a café.

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  1. Golden Circle & The Secret Lagoon
  2. South Coast Classic: Guided in 10 languages
  3. Grand Golden Circle Tour
  4. Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
  5. Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
  6. Icelandic Mythical Walk
  7. Northern Lights Tour By Bus
  8. Gló
  9. Domino's Pizza
  10. Mandi Reykjavik
  11. Vitabar
  12. Stúdentakjallarinn
  13. Austurlandahraðlestin
  14. IKEA

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