While eating out in Iceland can be quite expensive when it comes to restaurants, there are a few exceptions. In Reykjavik, check out the kebab stands Mandi, Habibi, and Durum, all located downtown. However, if you really want to stick to your budget, it is best to do your shopping at the discount grocery store, Bonus (the one with the silly drunken pig logo), and cook your meals at your accommodation. Staying at campgrounds and hostels are definitely the best way to stay definitely stay in your budget. There are many hotels, however, that are worth the price. Check out our list of 16 of Iceland’s cheapest hotels for more details.
The Reykjavik city museums have an offer in which buying one museum ticket to any of the museum allows you access to other city museums if you visit on the same day. The museums involved include Reykjavik Art Museum-Hafnarhús, Kjarvalstaðir, and Ásmundarsafn. Two other city museums, The National Museum of Iceland and the Culture House, offer the same deal in which entrance to one gives you access to the other on the same day. The outdoor sculpture garden at the Einar Jonsson Museum is open free of charge.
If you want to explore the landscape outside of the cities, booking a seat on a tour bus can be much more affordable than renting your own car – and with fewer things to consider, you can sit back and truly enjoy the surroundings. There are day-long excursions offered that explore the Golden Circle, Snæfellsness Peninsula, the South Coast and Jökulsárlón, Landmannalaugur hiking area, Reykjanes Peninsula, Cave tours, and Reykjavik area tours.