Free and cheap activities in the Reykjavík area

All activities below are for free and open to everyone, unless mentioned Otherwise, not

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Please note that the activities below may be on hold for now due to COVID-19.


ARTS & CRAFTS


Knitting

  • Mondays from 10.00-12.00 in Red Cross Reykjavík (Efstaleiti 9)
  • Mondays from 13.00-14.30 in the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43)
  • Every Tuesday from 13.00-15.00 in Hafnarfjörður Red Cross (Strandgata 24) - please send an email to [email protected] if you are interested in joining
  • Every second Tuesday from 19: 30-21: 30 at the Salvation Army, Álfabakki 12 (Mjódd)
  • Wednesdays from 13.00-16.00 in Mosfellsbær Red Cross (Þverholt 7)
  • Every last Wednesday every month and two weeks after that (30 October, 13. November, 27 December) from 13.00-15.00 in Kópavogur Red Cross (Strandgata 24)
  • Thursdays from 13.00-16.00 in the Social Center (Vitatorg, Lindargata 59)

Sewing

  • Mondays from 10.00-13.00 for asylum seekers and immigrant women at the Salvation Army, Álfabakki 12 (Mjódd) - females only.
  • Mondays and Fridays 13.00-15.30 in the Social Center (Vitatorg, Lindargata 59)
  • The first Monday of every month in Árbær library (Hraunbær 199)
  • Tuesdays from 10.00-11.30 in the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43)

Other crafts. Carpeting, patchwork, wood carving, water coloring

  • Open Work space  (sewing, knitting, quilting etc.):
    Every day from 09.00-12.30 in the Social Center (Aflagrandi 40)

  • Carpeting Workplace
    Mondays from 8.30-14.00 in the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43)

  • Patchwork
    Tuesdays from 09.00-12.00 (some materials available) in the Social Center (Vitatorg, Lindargata 59)

  • Water coloring
    Tuesdays from 13.00-15.45 in the Social Center (Aflagrandi 40)

  • Wood carving
    Tuesdays from 13.00-15.45 in the Social Center (Aflagrandi 40)

CARD & BOARD GAMES

Chess

  • Mondays from 19.30-22.30 in KR home, Frostaskjól 2 (costs 500 ISK or 300 ISK for regulars)
  • Mondays from 14.00-15.00 in Vitatorg Social Center, Lindagata 59
  • Tuesdays from 19.30-22.30 in Taflélag Reykjavíkur, Faxafen 12
  • Wednesdays from 13:00 in Vin shelter, Hverfisgata 47, 101 Rvk.

Cards

  • Bridge: Mondays from 13.00-16.00 in Vitatorg Social Center (Lindagata 59)
  • Open card games Tuesdays-Fridays from 13.00-16.30 in Vitatorg Social Center (Lindagata 59)
  • Open card games Wednesdays from 13.30-15.50 in the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43)
  • Open card games Thursdays from 13.30 in the Social Center (Langahlíð 3)
  • Board game night, Fridays from 18.00-21.00 in Salvation Army Reykjavik (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12)
  • Open card games Monday to Friday from 10: 00-18: 30 and Weekends from 13: 00-17: 00 in the Kringlan library

Bingo

  • One Thursday every month at 13.20 in the Social Center in Langahlíð 3 (250 kr. Per card)
  • Second Friday every month at 13.00-14.30 in the Social Center in Bólstaðarhlíð 43 (250 kr. Per card)
  • Every Friday 13.30-14.30 in Vitatorg Social Center, Lindagata 59 (250kr. Per card)
  • Every Friday 13.30-15.45 in the Social Center in Aflagrandi 40 (250kr. Per card)

Alternative games

  • Open card games: every day while the store is open. Different kinds of game tournaments during the week in Nexus (Glæsibær, Álfheimar 74).

DANCING & SINGING

Dancing

  • Swing, Rock Rolln Roll, Salsa, or Lindy Hop dance evenings for free or little money
  • Practice Milango (Tango) in Iðnó, Vonarstræti 3, every Tuesday from 20:30 until 22:30 (1000kr. Free for under 30 years old). More info here.
  • Icelandic traditional dancing with Vitatorgsbandinu : Wednesdays from 14.00-15.00 in Vitatorg Social Center (Lindagata 59)
  • Salsa nights for beginners: Wednesdays from 19.30 in IÐNÓ (Vonarstræti 3)
  • Practice Tango in Kramhúsið from 21-22 every Friday and then dance Milonga until 24 (1000kr. Free for under 30 years old). Skólavörðustígur 12 (walk in the port from Bergstaðarstræti)
  • Singing

  • check out The  Multicultural Choir.
  • Singing hour: the last Monday of every month from 13.45-14.30 in the Social Center in Bólstaðarhlíð 43 (in Icelandic)
  • Singing hour: Tuesdays from 13.30-14.30 in Vitatorg Social Center, Lindagata 59 (costs: 500 kr.)
  • Singing hour: Wednesdays from 13.45-14.30 in Aflagrandi 40 Social Center (in Icelandic)
  • Singing with a live band: the last Wednesday of every month from 15.00-15.30 in Vitatorg social Center, Lindagata 59 (Icelandic traditional songs)
  • Singing hour: Thursdays from 15.30-16.30 in Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43) (piano available)

EXERCISE

Yoga

  • Check out  India in Iceland.
  • Yoga with laughter: Tuesdays from 09.00-09.50 in Culture Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43)
  • Yoga sessions: regularly held at Loft Hostel 

Hiking / walking

  • Check out The  Vesen og vergangur Walking Club.
  • Walk around the neighborhood on Mondays from 13.00-14.00 starting from the Social Center at Bólstaðarhlíð 43.
  • Walking tour: Mondays from 13.00-14.00 starting from the Social Center at Vitatorg (Lindagata 59).

Qigong

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17.00-18.00 in the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43)

Mini golf

  • Wednesdays from 10.00-10.30 in the Social Center at Vitatorg (Lindagata 59)

FAMILY & PARENT GATHERINGS

Meet other parents

  • Check out I celands International parents' group.
  • Check out  International Parents in Iceland Networking and Bargain Corner.
  • Baby music hour for babies in their first year and parents: Tuesdays from 11.30-12.15 in Hallgrímskirkja (this is a course that you need to book via [email protected] )
  • Parent´s mornings: Wednesdays from 10.00-12.00 in Hallgrímskirkja.
  • International women and infant / toddler mornings: Wednesdays from 11.00-14.00 at the Salvation Army Reykjavík (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12) (currently canceled)
  • Families with infants / toddlers Get-Together :
    • Thursdays from 10.30-11.30 in Grófin City Library (Tryggvagata 15)
    • Fridays from 11.15-12.15 in Kringlan Culture House / Library (Kringlan 4-612)
  • Family hours in Kópavogur: Saturdays from 13.00-15.00 Where? Check the schedule here!
  • Free Icelandic language classes (where children are welcome) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 09.30-11.30 by the Icelandic Lutheran mission (Kristniboðssalurinn, Háaleitisbraut 58-60, 3rd floor)
  • Free Icelandic language classes for parents with young children (learn Icelandic through music): Mondays from 11.00-12.30 by the Icelandic Lutheran mission (Kristniboðssalurinn Háaleitisbraut 58-60, 3rd floor)

Join a group for fathers / mothers

LANGUAGE PRACTICE

Practice Icelandic or other languages ​​and teach someone your language

  • Check out  Café Lingua - living language 
  • Free Icelandic language classes for parents with young children (learn Icelandic through music): Mondays from 11.00-12.30 by the Icelandic Lutheran mission (Kristniboðssalurinn, Háaleitisbraut 58-60, 3rd floor)
  • Free Icelandic language classes (where children are welcome) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 09.30-11.30 by the Icelandic Lutheran mission (Kristniboðssalurinn, Háaleitisbraut 58-60, 3rd floor)
  • The exercise creates the master / Practice makes perfect
    Practice Icelandic on Saturdays from 10.00-12.00 in Mímir, Höfðabakki 9
  • Icelandic classes: Sundays from 15.00 in Andrými, Bergþórugata 20 (contact [email protected] )
  • Practice Icelandic online:
    www.tungumalatorg.is or www.icelandiconline.is


Ástjarnarkirkja (Hafnafjörður)

  •  Icelandic studies in the mornings (Starting soon. Contact Nói Arnar at 565-0022)


Farsi / Darsi Language Classes

MUSIC

  • Play the Ukulele: Thursdays from 10.00-11.00 in the Social Center, Aflagrandi 40 (You do not need to bring your own Ukulele. Piano also available.)
  • Organ concert: first Saturday every month from 12.00-12.30 in Hallgrímskirkja.
  • Jazz nights: Fridays from 19: 00-21: 00 at Lóa Bar-Bistró, Laugavegur 95-99. More info here.
  • Jazz nights: Sundays from 20.00 in Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarður 8. More info here.  

PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE

  • Assistance with house search and sometimes financial support: Caritas organization in the Catholic Church, Túngata 13. Book an appointment with Michael Frigge via 552-5388.
  • For women: peer counseling, learn about your rights: WOMEN 
  • Tech café / Tæknikaffi: assistance with computer and phones: Wednesdays from 10.30-11.00 in the Social Center (Vitatorg, Lindargata 59).
  • Tech café / Tæknikaffi: assistance with computer and phones: Thursdays from 16.00-18.00 in the City Library (Tryggvagata 15). More info here.

SOCIAL GATHERINGS

  • Cooking together on Mondays from 11.30-13.30 in Breiðholtskirkja.
  • Coffee, chat and snack at PEPP house in Mjódd, Álfabakka 12 from 11: 00-15: 00 Mondays to Fridays.
  • Morning coffee and a chat: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 09.00-11.30 with Mother Teresa Sisters (Ingólfsstræti 12).
  • Open House and lunch: Tuesday and Thursdays from 12.00-14.00 in the Salvation army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).
  • Cooking together on Wednesdays from 17.00 (500 + kr. Pt) in Andrými, Bergþórugata 20. More info here.
  • Book club: open and informal reading circle where women meet and celebrate books and literature. Usually in English. One Wednesday a month from 19.30-21.00 in Gerðuberg Library, Gerðuberg 3-5. More info here.
  • Aristotle´s Café / Discussion Hour: every other Wednesday from 18.30-19.30 in Gerðuberg Library, Gerðuberg 3-5 (starts from 11thof Sept. through 4th of Dec.)
  • The Women's Story Circle in City Library, Tryggvagata 15. More info here .
  • Friday 15:00 60+ senior work every other week  in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).

SOCIAL GATHERINGS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Children´s groups

  • Kids club for 7-11 year olds: Tuesdays from 17.15-18.15 in the Salvation army (Mjódd, Álfabakki). (currently canceled)
  • Open house for 10+ year olds: Wednesdays from 16.00-20:30 and hot meal at 18:00 in the Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki).
  • Tweens for 12+ year olds: Wednesdays from 19.00-20.30 in the Salvation army (Mjódd, Álfabakki). (Currently canceled)
  • Monday Club for teenagers between ages 16-25 every second Monday from 18:00 to 20:00 at Hamarinn - Youth Center, Suðurgata 14, 220 Hafnarfjörður.

Story telling in various languages ​​at the libraries.

  • Polish at Gerðuberg Library (Gerðuberg 3-5).
  • English at Kringlan Library (Kringlan 4).
  • Spanish at Grófin Library (Tryggvagata 15) - To start in the beginning of 2020. Contact [email protected] for information.

Homework Assistance

  • Homework assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15.00-17.00 in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).
  • Krakkanám: homework assistance for children in various locations. Contact the next Red Cross office for more information.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Islamic Cultural Center of Iceland / Muslim Cultural Center in Iceland. More info here.

Philadelphia International Church, Hátún 3

  • Service in English on Sundays from 14.00.
  • Service in Spanish on Sundays from 16:00. More info here

The Baptist church, Fagraþing 2a

  • Service in English on Sundays from 11.00.

Pastor for immigrants

  • Services in English on Tuesdays from 16.00 in Háteigskirkja, Háteigsvegur 27-29.
  • Worship & Prayer service in English on Sundays (except on the last Sunday a month) from 14.00 in Breiðholtskirkja. More info here.
  • Interview hours for those that wish to talk to a pastor. More info here. 

The Lutheran church, Hallgrímskirkja

  • Every last Sunday of the month. Service in English from 14.00.

The Catholic church, Túngata 13

  • Saturdays from 18.00 mixed Icelandic / English.
  • Sunday Services in Polish, English, Lithuanian. More info here.
  • Sunday Services in Lithuanian at 15:00 and in Polish / Icelandic at 17:30 at the Saint Joseps Church, Jófríðarstaðarvegur, Hafnafjörður.
Bible study

  • Prayer meeting 19:30 in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12)

Bible study 17:30 in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12). 

  • Home League, women's ministry. 15.00- 16.00 in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).
  • Messy church with hot meal. 12:00 for the whole family in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).
  • Cafe night with worship, once per month, for more information contact 537 3000 in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).

YEARLY EVENTS

Tradesmen's weekend / Traders' weekend

  • First weekend of August. Festivals all over the country, including in Reykjavik. Check out more info here

Reykjavík Culture Night

  • The fourth week of August. A day long festival that ends with a firework show at Arnarhóll. Check out the latest info here. 

The lighting of the Light Tower of Peace

  • Every year on 9 October at Viðey. Free boat ride to the island. More info here.

Christmas in the Capital Area

  • The Ice-Skating Ring at Ingólfsstræti. Open in December from 12.00-22.00. More info here.
  • Christmas village at Thorsplani in Hafnafjörður. More info  here. 

New Year's Eve Bonfires

  • In 10 different places around the capital area on New Year's Eve. More info here .

The thirteen day / Kings day´s Bonfires

  • The evening of 6 January each year in different places in Reykjavík. More info here

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Free stand-up comedy shows in English

  • Tuesdays at the The Secret Cellar, Lækjargata 6a from 21.00-23.00.

Events at the libraries

  • Language practice, intercultural projects etc. More info here.

The church aid, Háaleitisbraut 66

  • Clothing distribution on Tuesdays from 10.00-12.00.
  • Assistance for low income families before Christmas. More info at 528-4400 or here .

What is On

  • Overview of events in Reykjavík here.

Loft Reykjav ík

  • Join their Facebook group for book swaps, clothes swaps, water coloring, yoga and other free events. More info here.

Andr ymi

  • A self-organized space, where people contribute their interests and skills to make things happen. Various events and gatherings open to everyone like Icelandic / Farsi / Dari classes, cooking hours, yoga classes etc. More info here.
Reykjavík Tool Library
  • Rent tools, participate in repair café or join workshops. More info here  an here .

Phone apps that help with stress

  • ALMHAR Mental health aid for refugees (available in Farsi, Arabic and English).
  • Headspace. Guided Meditation.