Free and cheap activities in the Reykjavík area

All activities below are for free and open to everyone and here is a list of free virtual access to different activities

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Please note that the activities below may hold some changes due to COVID-19.

Knitting

  • Mondays from 13.00-14.30 at the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43).
  • Tuesdays from 10.00-12.00 at the Social Center (Árskógar 4).
  • Tuesdays from 13.00-15.00 at Red Cross Hafnarfjörður (Strandgata 24).
  • Tuesdays from 13.30 at Social Center (Aflagrandi, 40): you can learn to knit and material will be provided if needed.
  • Every other Tuesday from 19.30-21.30 at the Salvation Army, Álfabakki 12 (Mjódd).
  • Thursdays from 13.00-16.00 at the Social Center (Vitatorg, Lindargata 59).
  • Thursdays at 13.30 at Spöngin Culture House.

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 13.00-16.00 at the Social Center (Vitatorg, Lindargata 59).
  • Tuesdays from 10.00-11.30 at the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43).

Other crafts: Carpeting, patchwork, wood carving

  • Open Work space  (sewing, knitting, quilting etc.):
    Every day from 09.00-12.30 at the Social Center (Aflagrandi 40).
  • Carpeting Workplace
    Mondays from 8.30-14.00 at the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43).
  • Patchwork
    Tuesdays from 09.00-12.00 (some materials available) at the Social Center (Vitatorg, Lindargata 59).
  • Wood carving
    Tuesdays from 13.00-15.45 at the Social Center (Aflagrandi 40).

Chess

  • Mondays from 19.30-22.30 at KR home, Frostaskjól 2 (costs 500 ISK or 300 ISK for regulars).
  • Tuesdays from 19.30-22.30 at Taflélag Reykjavíkur, Faxafen 12.

Cards

  • Mondays from 13:00-15:30 at Social Center (Aflagrandi, 40).
  • Open card games Wednesdays from 13.30-15.50 at the Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43).
  • Board game night, Fridays from 18.00-21.00 at Salvation Army Reykjavik (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).

Bingo

  • Second Friday every month at 13.00-14.30 at the Social Center in Bólstaðarhlíð 43 (250 kr. Per card).
  • Every Friday 13.30-14.30 at Vitatorg Social Center, Lindagata 59 (250kr. Per card).
  • Every Friday 13.30-15.45 at 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).
  • Board game night: Fridays from 18:00 at Salvation Army Reykjavik (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).

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.
  • Dancing exercise on Wednesdays from 12:50 to 13:20 in Social Center (Aflagrandi, 40).
  • 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 at the Social Center in Bólstaðarhlíð 43 (in Icelandic).
  • Singing hour: Wednesdays from 13.45-14.30 at Social Center (Aflagrandi 40) (in Icelandic).
  • Singing hour: Thursdays from 15.30-16.30 at Social Center (Bólstaðarhlíð 43) (piano available).

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.

Yoga

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

Meditation

  • Meditation mass with organ music, Thursdays from 12:00 at Hallgrímstorg.

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.

Qigong

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

Other

  • Bocca (ball game): Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 at Social Center (Aflagrandi 40).
  • Exercise class'(for people over 50 years old): Fridays from 10:30 at Froftafkjól, 2 (107, Reykjavík).

Meet other parents

  • Check out Icelands International parents' group.
  • Parent´s mornings: Wednesdays from 10.00-12.00 at Hallgrímskirkja.
  • Families with infants / toddlers Get-Together:
  • Thursdays from 10.30-11.30 at Grófin City Library (Tryggvagata 15).
  • Fridays from 11.15-12.15 at Kringlan Culture House / Library (Kringlan 4-612).
  • Family hours at Kópavogur: Saturdays from 13.00-15.00.
  • Free Icelandic language classes (where children are welcome) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09.30-11.30 by the Icelandic Lutheran mission (Kristniboðssalurinn, Háaleitisbraut 58-60, 3rd floor). It is recommended to register before hand via this phone number: 533 4900
  • 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

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 Thursdays from 09.30-11.30 by the Icelandic Lutheran mission (Kristniboðssalurinn, Háaleitisbraut 58-60, 3rd floor). It is recommended to register before hand via this phone number: 533 4900.
  • Practice Icelandic on Saturdays from 10.00-12.00 at Mímir, Höfðabakki 9.
  • Practice Icelandic online:

Ástjarnarkirkja (Hafnafjörður)

  • Icelandic language classes twice a week for immigrants and refugees starting on 14th September. Classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 17: 30-19: 00 every week for 13 weeks. Place: Ástjarnarkirkja, Kirkjuvellir 1, 221 Hafnarfjörður. Registration: kjartan.jonsson@kirkjan.is 
  • Assistance with house search and sometimes financial support: Caritas organization in the Catholic Church, Túngata 13. Book an appointment with Michael Frigge via email: frigge@decode.is
  • For women: peer counseling, learn about your rights: WOMEN .
  • Tech café / Tæknikaffi: assistance with computer and phones: Thursdays from 16.00-18.00 at the City Library (Tryggvagata 15). More info here.
  • Coffee, chat and snack at PEPP house in Mjódd, Álfabakka 12 from 11: 00-15: 00 Mondays to Fridays.
  • Breakfast centre and chat: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 09.00-11.30 with Mother Teresa Sisters (Ingólfsstræti 12).
  • Open House and lunch: Mondays to Fridays from 12.00-14.00 at the Salvation army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).
  • Lunch on Wednesdays from 12:00 in Breiðholtskirkja.
  • Book club: Spanish reading. One Wednesday a month from 19:30-21:00 in Gerðuberg Library, Gerðuberg 3-5.  Check exactly when here.
  • Aristotle´s Café / Discussion Hour: most Wednesdays from 18.30-19.30 in Gerðuberg Library, Gerðuberg 3-5. Check exactly when here.
  • The Women's Story Circle at City Library, Tryggvagata 15.
  • Every other Friday 15:00 60+ senior work every other week at Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).

Children's and teenager's groups

  • 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.
  • Social gatherings with teenagers (13 to 16 years old) on Mondays from 18:00 to 19:30 at Hallgrímstorg.

  • Open house for 10+ year olds: Wednesdays from 16.00-20:30 and hot meal at 18:00 at the Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki).

Story telling in various languages ​​at the libraries.

  • English at Kringlan Library (Kringlan 4).
  • Spanish at Gerðuberg City Library.

Homework Assistance

  • Homework assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15.00-17.00 at Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).

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

  • 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

  • Sunday Service at 8:30 and 13:00 in Polish.
  • Sunday Service at 18:00 in English.

Bible study

  • Bible study on Thursdays at 17:30 at Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12). 
  • Prayer meeting on Thursdays at19:30 at Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).
  • Home League, women's ministry on Mondays from 15.00- 16.00 in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).
  • Messy church with hot meal at 12:00 on the last Saturday of each month for the whole family in Salvation Army (Mjódd, Álfabakki 12).

Tradesmen's weekend / Traders' weekend

  • First weekend of August. Festivals all over the country, including in Reykjavik. 

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. 

New Year's Eve Bonfires

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

The thirteen day / Kings day´s Bonfires

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

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

  • Assistance for low income families before Christmas. More info at 528-4400 or here .

What is On

  • Overview of events in Reykjavík here .

Loft Reykjavík

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

Andrymi

  • 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  and    here .

Phone apps that help with stress

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

Social Centers with various activities