As in other major cities around the world, museum and attraction admission and transportation costs can really add up when visiting Reykjavik. And just as other cities sell discount cards to help you save, so does Iceland’s capital city. The Reykjavik Welcome Card is available for 24, 48 or 72 hours and can be a great value, depending on how much you’re going to use it.
The Reykjavik Welcome card gives the user free admission to all of Reykjavík’s thermal pools, free admission to several museums and attractions, unlimited travel on the Reykjavík bus system, discounts at certain shops and restaurants, and free internet access.
Included in free admission is access to:
7 Reykjavík City pools (around 450 ISK)
The National History Museum (normally 1000 ISK)
The Culture House (normally 700 ISK, free on Wednesdays)
All 3 location of the Reykjavik Art Museum (normally 1000 ISK each)
The Reykjavik 871 +/-2 Settlement Exhibition (normally 1000 ISK)
The Reykjavík City Museum (normally 1000 ISK)
The Reykjavík Maritime Museum (normally 1000 ISK)
The Reykjavík Family park and farm animal zoo (normally 700 ISK)
The ferry to Viðey Island (normally 1000 ISK)
Free Internet Access at The Centre
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The card costs 1900 ISK for 24 hours (so if you plan on going to two of the pricier museums, taking a bus and checking your internet in one day, it’s a great deal). At 2400 ISK for 48 hours and 2900 for 72 hours, it’s an even better deal; if you go to 2-3 of the more expensive museums, ride the bus several times, check your email and visit a city pool, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
The card is sold at the Reykjavik Tourist Information Centre (Aðalstræti 2), the Iceland Travel Mart (at Hotel Loftleiðir, Hotel Nordica, Radisson Hotel Saga and Bankastræti 2), the BSÍ Bus Terminal, the Hafnarfjörður Tourist Info Centre, the Youth Hostel and Campsite in Laugardalur, the National History Museum, and the Maritime Museum.
Along with the free admissions offered, card holders also get discounts of 10-25% at 66°North, Elding Whale Watching, Ishestar Riding Tours, The Viking Souvenir Shop, Iceland Excursions and many more.
If you’re going to Reykjavik, the savings really make sense to pick up the discount card.
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Photo by Jonathan Harford