This list of the best excursions from Reykjavik It will help you to complete the visit to one of the smallest capitals in Europe, which despite its size, also has several places to visit, a privileged location to be very close to volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, ice caves, and from which you can see to northern lights and that make it one of the most requested destinations in the world.
Although a large majority of travelers arriving in the city rent a car or motorhome to make a circular route through the country of fire and ice, if you do not want to drive or have few days, it can be interesting to make day trips or two days from Reykjavik.
Based on our trip to Iceland for free in 14 days, we have made a selection of what we think are the 5 best excursions from Reykjavik. We start!
1. Excursion to the Golden Circle
The Golden Circle of Iceland is the location that groups three of the most visited places on the island and is one of the best day trips from Reykjavik.
On this tour, the Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage Site and located about 40 kilometers from the capital, is the first stop. This park, located in a valley, stands out for its landscape of faults, canyons and some waterfall product of the clash between the tectonic plates of Noramérica and Eurasia that originated the formation of the island. In recent times it has become even more famous for being the scene of filming of several important scenes of the series Game of Thrones.
The next stop on the route is Geysir or Haukaladur Valley, a geothermal area of geysers and fumaroles in which once stood the Great Geysir, with its jets of hot water, which reached heights of more than 120 meters, although it is now inactive.
Despite not being able to see this geyser, it is worth approaching to see other geysers in the area, which although smaller, are equally interesting, among which Strokkur stands out, with jets of 20 meters every 5 minutes.
The last visit of the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss waterfalls, one of the best waterfalls you can see in Iceland and one of the essential ones.
The best way to do this route is to rent a car to have total freedom and dedicate the time you want to each site.
Other options are to take a bus in the direction of Gullfoss or book a day trip from Reykjavik.
2. Excursion to Landmannalaugar
We can say without fear of being wrong that Landmannalaugar is a marvel of nature and other best excursions from Reykjavik. This natural landscape that thanks to the difficulty of access has remained almost unalterable by man, stands out for its mountains of bright colors, which we are sure, will leave you speechless.
If you have 4 days you can do the Laugavegur trekking, considered one of the best trekking in the world, in which you go through volcanoes, lava roads, thermal water pools and landscapes that will leave you speechless.
Although if you only have one day you also have several beautiful routes of between one and four hours, which pass through volcanoes from the base camp.
If you want to make the excursion to Landmannalaugar on your own, you need to rent a 4 × 4 since you have to wade rivers and you could get caught if your car does not have 4-wheel drive. Another option is to book a guided tour from Reykjavik that takes about 3 hours to reach Landmannalaugar.
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