Day trips Reykjavik Iceland – Top Things To Do

Reykjavik Iceland seems to be really popular the last 5 years, along with Iceland in general. Iceland was a bit popular as a far away travel destination at the north side of this planet, but it was the political turmoil that shed even more light over her.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders

The way she coped with financial issues literally made Iceland famous. But, Iceland is not just for that. It is a magnificent island with beautiful people and lots of things to do.

Looking for what to do in Reykjavik Iceland? It requires good planning. Check for accommodation prices from here and here. Feeling comfortable with guided tours? See all of them here and book ahead.

There are numerous things to see inside Reykjavik Iceland but main attractions are outside the city.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders

Have you seen the “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” movie? Which traveler hasn’t? A fantastic movie. Talking about spectacular locations and stunning photography.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
The world renowned black pebble beach of Reynisfjara

Talking about spectacular locations and stunning photography.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
Hvítserkur Rock Formation – The Troll of North-West Iceland

Reykjavik Iceland tours

Here is a list of things you can after Reykjavik Iceland. Make sure to allocate a good number of days.

Golden Circle: Gullfoss Waterfall & Geysir

The Golden Circle is the incomparable vagabond option in Iceland with its cataracts, geysers and lovely national forest vistas. The Golden Circle is a hassle-free location to get going when you initially go to Iceland. It has a lot to supply, the streets are normally well preserved any season.

It consists of near the top of more or less every list of things to do in the nation and is noted as a sightseeing excursion on almost every trip service provider’s internet page.

There are a variety of various trips, from plenties of various service providers, that integrate your Golden Circle with additional ventures or more sightseeing areas. Some even permit you to see it in a totally distinct method, such as by helicopter or by airplane, or below the midnight sun.

The Golden Circle can be finished in around 6 hours, consisting of driving to and from Reykjavík Iceland. You can book tours from here.

The stars of the program: Gullfoss watefall and Great Geysir.

Gullfoss watefall

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
Gullfoss watefall

Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic cataract of Iceland offering a spectacular view of the powers and loveliness of untouched mother nature. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. You can book this tour from here.

Great Geysir

One of the leading natural charms of Iceland and part of the famous “Golden Circle Tour”, The Great Geysir (Stori-Geysir) has been dormant since 1916, when it suddenly ceased to spout.

It is believed that it came into existence around the end of the 13th century when a series of strong earthquakes, accompanied by a devastating eruption of Mt. Hekla, hit Haukadalur, the geothermal valley where Geysir is located.

Great Geysir

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

The glacial mass volcano of Eyjafjallajokull (1651 m) lies at the fringes of the South Icelandic highlands. It was included plainly in world headlines in 2010 when ash from its outbreak stopped air traffic in Europe. This tour can booked from here.

An ice cap of about 100 km with a number of outlet icebergs covers up the caldera of Eyjafjallajökull that stands at the height of 1651 mt. The size of its greatest crater is around 3-4 km2 large and the rim has a number of peaks.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Iceland Northern Lights

Iceland has a significant priviledge when it comes to the Northern Lights. For eight months a year, the lights are visible from early September to the end of April. During in any of these months you may able to see aurora activity. In fact, it is a matter of weather, solar activity and… luck.

So, don’t just for the lights, go for the destination itself. The lights could appear for minutes or hours. The green or blue spectrum are not the only ones. Aurora Borealis may be seen in white-grey too. This website about Aurora forecast can be really useful. You can book different ways to experience this phenomenon.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
Iceland Northern Lights

Blue Lagoon Iceland

It is one of the most visited location in Iceland. Mineral-rich warm water from far underneath the earth creates the magnificent lagoon, where a luxurious health spa has been created in the sturdy lava scenery. The lagoon’s geothermal seawater is recognized for its positive effects on the skin.

The exquisite milky-blue opaque water makes a harsh contrast to the surrounding black lava field covered with dark green moss.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is available by car or by bus from Reykjavik Iceland (approximately a 40-minute drive, towards Keflavik airport), and is also included on many organised bus tours.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
Different aspect of Blue Lagoon

The lagoon is a manufactured lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is replenished every two days.

Pre-booking is needed, days or up to weeks in advance.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
Relaxing spa in Blue Lagoon

Silfra Iceland

This is a famous diving location in Iceland. The Silfra crevice, is referred to as among one of the top dive places in the world for 2 reasons.

First, the Silfra crevice is actually a breach between the North American and Eurasian continents, meaning that you dive or snorkel right where the continental plates touch and drift separately about 2cm per year. It is the only area where one can dive directly in the crack between 2 continental plates.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders
Silfra Iceland Diving – Source: Wikimedia Commons, Ex Nihil

The 2nd thing is, the underwater visibility in the Silfra fissure mores than 100 meters, which produces an underwater exposure that will barely, if ever, be surpassed.

The Icelandic Glaciers

Glacial mass are precisely responsible for many of Iceland’s most spectacular tourist attractions, such as Jökulsárlón. A large glacial lake in SE Iceland which is packed with substantial icebergs that have broken off from the tip of the tongue of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.. Icebergs as such are establishing a heaven of ice and wildlife.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders

Jökulsárlón trips have attracted travelers for several years and remain one of Iceland’s most famous ventures during the warm weather months.

Best time to visit Iceland

All these wonders can be seen outside of Reykjavik Iceland. Make sure to have time to simply admire those gigantic mountains and explore the local cuisine for foods like: Pylsur, Hangikjot, Mondlukaka, Saltfiskur, Vínarterta and many more.

Also check this post for Icelandic food.

Day trips Reykjavik Iceland - Golden Circle and Other Wonders

Best time to visit Iceland? Any time of the year. It is a magnificent place with postcard style scenery. If you want to avoid heavy winter time then just avoid that. Hikers will want to consider July and August as the best (warmest) time. If you want to experience the Northern Lights then February, March, September and October are typically the best time to visit.

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