AppyHour, The Reykjavik Money Saver | Money Saving Hack
Updated: Jun 30, 2020
It's no secret that Iceland is one of the more expensive countries in Europe (along with most of its Nordic siblings too) however its stunning landscapes and abundance of activities mean that people still flock to the island despite the steep price. Now there's no way to beat around the bush when it comes to the fact that when you get there, you ARE going to spend money. The high cost of living there means even shopping in supermarkets there will be much more than on your standard European break, but there are lots of ways to save some money here and there including hostels, cooking for yourself and taking your own alcohol.
Obviously the best way to save money on booze is just not to drink at all, but it's a holiday! Most people will want the odd bit of tipple to help warm up after a long day on the ice. If you want a break from that bottle of standard UK gin that you brought with you, or want at least one night to experience the Icelandic bar culture at while you're there, you NEED to download the ApppyHour app.
A friend of mine recommended it to our group when one of us was booking an Iceland trip, so obviously I had to download it out of curiosity and it looks fab, and I have a first hand review that it works like a dream. The app is really very simple but so so useful. Take a look at the homescreen:
The app literally just lists all of the happy hours around Reykjavik that are currently running- how fab is that?! The simple layout gives you all of the essentials: The name of the bar, where it is, what time Happy Hour is on and the average price of a pint during those hours.
Once you've clicked on the bar that tickles your fancy, it will give you a quick review and a more in depth description of the deals that are available, as well as an exact map location of where you need to go. It's so simple! If you go back on to the home screen, you can also click the 'ALL' tab to browse the deals that aren't on just yet- Perfect for planning your next days plans or seeing if that cosy-looking bar you walked past has any good deals on while you're there.
You can also use the search bar at the top of the page to find a specific pub, or click the three dots in the top right corner to arrange your results by either price or distance from you. It really couldn't be any simpler.
That's all I have to say for now, just a quick little trick that I couldn't help but share. I feel like I'm raving on about it so much that I sound like a paid for advert haha, but I can promise you I'm just buzzing about how easy and useful this app could be. I almost want to book a trip to Reykjavik just to put it into action. I wish there were things like this for more countries or cities! Have you ever heard of any? If so, please let me know as I'd love to take a look. Meg x