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Iceland

Free Activities in Iceland

Guided tours are nice but saving money by doing stuff on your own is even better. There are in fact a lot of activities you can do for free in Iceland, such as hiking, sight-seeing and bathing in natural pools.

Recommendations

For this list, I chose all kinds of activities that have one thing in common: They are free. It's easy to spend all your savings on booked tours and day trips but exploring on your own is usually a lot cheaper. 

Image - Dynjandi Waterfall
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Image - Þingvellir National Park, Iceland - Unique Nature
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Image - Hiking Burfell Crater Trail
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Image - Reykjafell Hiking Trail: An Ideal Hike Close to Reykjavik
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Image - Reykjadalur Hot Springs // A Must See In Iceland
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Image - The churches of Iceland in pictures
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The churches of Iceland in pictures
Image - 5 Ideal Hikes Near Reykjavik City
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Image - An Ideal Ring Road Stop: Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
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Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
Image - The Perfect Autumn Walk in Heiðmörk Parkland near Reykjavik
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An Autumn Walk: Heiðmörk At Sunset
Image - Here's All You Need to Know about the Fimmvörðuháls Hike
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Fimmvörðuháls
Image - The Fimmvörðuháls Hiking Trail
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Fimmvörðuháls Hiking Trail – Iceland
Image - How to Hike Fimmvörðuháls without a Guide
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Image - Seljavallalaug: A Secret Geothermal Pool in South Iceland
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Seljavallalaug: The Ultra "Secret" Icelandic Geothermal Swimming Pool
Image - The Less Touristy Glacier Lagoon
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Fjallsarlon-Iceland's Other Glacier Lagoon
Image - Hike to the Second Highest Waterfall in Iceland
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I Hike For Waterfalls // Glymur, Iceland
Image - The Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck: How to Get There
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Directions to DC-3 Plane Wreck (South Iceland)
Image - A Tourquise Waterfall in the Mountains
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4 Iceland Hidden Gems: Thjofafoss Waterfall
Image - Hiking Reykjavik's Most Famous Mountain
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Hiking up Mount Esja
Image - Adventurous Swim Spots in Iceland
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4 of the best places to swim in Iceland
Image - Camping Around Iceland
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A Guide To Camping in Iceland
Image - A Black Sand Beach Decorated with Tiny Glaciers
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Iceland Has Got a Diamond Beach!
Image - Overview of Seven Things to do Around Husafell, Iceland
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What to do in Husafell area?
Image - Iceland's Prettiest Waterfalls
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Image - The Extraordinary Ásbyrgi
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Image - The Most Beautiful Churches of Iceland
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The Churches of Iceland in Pictures
Image - The Highlights of Fjord Hvalfjordur
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A Sunday Drive to Hvalfjörður
Image - Here's Why You Should Only Drink Tap Water in Iceland
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The Icelandic Water — So Pure, So Delicious!
Image - North Iceland's Less Known Attractions
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North Iceland off the beaten path destinations
Image - The "Diamond Beach" of Breiðamerkursandur
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My favorite Place in Iceland: The Ice Diamonds of Breiðamerkursandur
Image - Things You Can Do for Free in Akureyri
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Six Free Things to Do in Akureyri
Image - Five Relatively Easy Winter Hikes Near Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 Hikes Near Reykjavik to do in the Winter
Image - Lake Mývatn, Ásbyrgi Canyon and the North East
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Iceland day 5: Asbyrgi and Dettifoss, Gods on Earth
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10 Must-See Natural Attractions in Iceland
Image - Five Places Not To Miss Near Myvatn Lake
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My 5 top places to see in Myvatn, Iceland
Image - Six Hot Springs in South Iceland
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Listicle: Thermal Pools In The South Of Iceland
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Image - Perhaps the Most Remote Road in Iceland: Melrakkaslétta peninsula
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Iceland's Psychedelic Stonehenge
Image - Fifteen Waterfalls Around Iceland
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The 15 best waterfalls in Iceland
Image - Photos and Overview of the Fimmvörðuháls Trek
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The Fimmvörðuháls Hiking Trail | Photos and Tips
Image - Hornstrandir - A Nature Reserve in the Westfjords, Iceland
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The Hornstrandir peninsula - Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Image - Drive to the Edge of the World: The Westfjords
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Where waterfalls outnumber people
Image - Guide to Finding Iceland’s Famous Plane Wreckage
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How To Find Iceland’s Famous Sólheimasandur Plane Crash
Image - Geothermal Pools in the Westfjords
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Swimming pools and natural hot springs in the Westfjords, Iceland
Image - Drive the Golden Circle on Your Own
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A self-drive tour of the Golden Circle
Image - Nine Hiking Trails in Ásbyrgi Canyon, North Iceland
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Ásbyrgi canyon travel guide: 9 Hiking trails at Ásbyrgi + Route from Ásbyrgi to Dettifoss
Image - Berry Picking Like a Local
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Picking Wild Berries In Iceland