Best Day Trips from Reykjavik
Best Day trips from Reykjavik
The rugged, wild mystique of Icelandic capital, Reykjavik charms both locals and travelers alike. There is so much beauty everywhere you look in and around Reykjavik that it’s impossible to go wrong no matter what you choose. Glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, lagoons, it’s like a whole schmear in one territory! And cherry on top is the city’s art and culture scene, architectural marvel and slurpy culinary tradition. And with all this comes the beyond gorgeous neighboring attractions around Reykjavik, that need not more than a day to be unraveled. So as you travel across this side of Scandinavia, don’t miss out on the best day trips from Reykjavik. Here goes:
1. Blue Lagoon
The most natural and rejuvenating natural spa, Blue Lagoon is the world’s greatest geothermal seawater, known for its skin enrichment effects. Located in a small town of Grindavik, stationed close to Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon lets you soak in splendid vistas of nature as you dip yourself in the energizing silica mud. So lose yourself in the geothermal waters, followed by a nice cold water shower and then an exhilarating neck and shoulder massage under the waterfall! This place is the best pick to give your vacay a relaxing end. Many buses commute between Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon at regular intervals. But the best way to be there is by car, which takes about an hour to reach the destination.
2. The Golden Circle
Another very popular day trip from Reykjavik, The Golden Circle boasts a myriad of places to unwind. The ‘Volcano Zone’ of Iceland, this part of the south coast is a vastly celebrated natural wonder, which also serves as an excellent energy provider to the islanders in producing sustainable energy. Talk about the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Waterspout and bubbling pools at Geysir or the spectacular tectonic rift at Thingvellir National Park- everything is a rare adventure in the Golden Circle! Looks like too much work but this entire loop can easily be traversed in a day’s time, thanks to the close proximity to Reykjavik. Getting to the Golden Circle from Reykjavik is equal parts easy and exciting. You can rent anything from a bike to a Super Jeep, or take a bus up there.
3. Snaefellsnes Peninsula
This is the most frequented part of western Iceland, with Snæfellsjökull being the main highlight of the area. Plenteous lava caves, shiny golden beaches, plummeting seaside cliifs, sparkling waterfalls and hot springs reside in this peninsula along with a gigantic volcanic glacier. Also nicknamed as ‘Iceland in Miniature’, it encompasses most of the country’s assets in its 100 km stretch. Surreal landscapes with autumn leaves and green moss covering the lava fields look like a painting. You can take one of the many buses commuting between Reykjavik and Snaefellsnes Peninsula that get you here in not more than 2 hours. Car ride is another easy option.
4. Grimsey Island
Home to a hundred people living in harmony with a million seabirds, this bustling fishing hub is a jewel of Northern Iceland. Being a mecca for wildlife freaks, you might be lucky enough to encounter a polar bear that may drift from Greenland on rare occasions! Puffins, gorgeous little birds reside in maximum capacity here. And with millions of birds come zillions of eggs. So for eggitarians, this atoll is an absolute heaven! You can ride on ferries and boats to reach the island.
For hardcore adventurers who seek a spine-tickling thrill while vacaying in Reykjavik, the river rafting experience in the gorgeous Hvita river is inevitable! Flowing along the Glacier Langjokull, Hvita continues to eventually fall as the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. It cuts smoothly through serene canyons, while occasionally producing insane rapids and waves. At the end of it, you return to the base camp to indulge in a nice sauna while sipping in the picturesque vistas.
An hour’s journey from Reykjavik, you can reach the banks og Hvita by bus or drive all by yourself!