If you don’t want to leave the comfort of staying in Reykjavik but still wish to explore the Iceland, don’t worry we have got your back covered. There are amazing day trips from Iceland which allow you the comfort of staying in Reykjavik while sightseeing some great places around.
Let’s look at 15 Amazing day trips from Reykjavik.
Table of Contents
- 1. Reykjadalur
- 2. Snaefellsness Peninsula
- 3. Reynisfjara Beach
- 4. Blue Lagoon
- 5. Silfra Snorkelling
- 6. Landmannalaugar
- 7. Whale watching
- 8. Game of Thrones Tour
- 9. Langjokull Glacier
- 10. Reykjavik City
- 11. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- 12. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- 13. Thingvellir National Park
- 14. Geysir Geyser
- 15. Gulfoss
If you aspire to bathe in a hot steaming river that flows through a beautiful scenic valley then you need to visit Reykjadalur. It is just about 45 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik, and then a little over an hour of hiking till you find a hot spot to take a dip. Filled with hot springs and mud pools, this place is literally called the ‘Steam Valley’.
2. Snaefellsness Peninsula
The Snaefellsness Peninsula is about a couple of hours drive towards the north-west from the capital, Reykjavik. It is also a must see destination while visiting Iceland. The highlight here is obviously the picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain which forms the background to the beautiful Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. This place is a treat for photographers whether you’re a professional or an amateur.
3. Reynisfjara Beach
Reynisfjara Beach is one of the most famous sights to photograph in Iceland. One of the really unique parts about Reynisfjara Beach is that it has black sand from volcanic ash of Katla volcano. The basalt columns on the walls of the Reynisfjall mountain and a natural cave is also a must see. It falls along the southern coast of Iceland and is very near to the small town of Vik.
4. Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is probably one of the most iconic places in Iceland. It is so popular with the visiting tourists that some regard visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland similar to visiting the Eiffel tower in France. And it is quiet understood that it is on the bucket for the most people dreaming of visiting Iceland. Located near the Keflavik International Airport and 45 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik, this place is great for a day trip. Just make sure you book in advance as there is a lot of demand for the Blue Lagoon.
5. Silfra Snorkelling
Snorkelling here yields one of the most breath-taking views underwater and the water here is so clean that it is considered safe to drink. The ridge is narrow enough and if you ever dream of setting foot on two continents at once, this is the place. The distance from Reykjavik is about 65 km and you can reach here in about an hour.
Landmannalaugar is truly a magical place and the Multi-color Mountains covering the area is a sight to behold. The Rhyolite Mountains serve up diverse shapes and textures are a treat for the eyes. This is a very popular hiking destination and relaxing in the nearby hot springs after a day’s hiking is an inviting proposition for hikers. If you start early this can easily be done in a day trip, it takes about 3 hours’ drive to reach here when you start from Reykjavik.
7. Whale watching
Another great way to spend your day is by whale watching and Reykjavik’s Old Harbour isn’t too far either. You could just take a walk to the harbor if you are staying in the old parts of Iceland. There are several tour companies to choose the trip and the type of vessel from. You can experience the Icelandic aquatic life in its full majesty as you can see various kinds of whales and other aquatic beings as well.
8. Game of Thrones Tour
A lot of shooting for the hit TV series, the Game of Thrones was done in Iceland. Now you can witness the locations of your favorite TV show by taking the Game of Thrones tour. The GOT Revisited tour gets you to see the key locations and that too within a day, making it the perfect day trip for the fans.
9. Langjokull Glacier
The second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjokull glacier offers the perfect day trip for the visitors. You can indulge in various activities in the snow like skiing or riding a snow-mobile. Another highlight here is the man-made ‘Ice Cave’ which offers a great retreat to the visitors. Located towards the north of Reykjavik it takes a couple of hours to reach here.
10. Reykjavik City
While exploring the natural beauty of Iceland it is often easy to forget but Reykjavik is a beautiful location in itself. And a day trip for the city alone is a must. The city is well-known for its colorful houses, interesting eateries and awesome views.
11. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
If you have a day in hand and want to something special like visiting the largest glacier in Europe, then Jokulsarlon is the place to be. The view of the lagoon is simply breath taking with icebergs floating around and the when sunlight hits them they glitter like diamonds. It is located towards the south from Reykjavik and should be do-able in a day if you leave early.
12. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
In a country full of waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most photogenic. The interesting part about this waterfall is that there is a footpath that runs all around it. So it is literally also one that you can get closest too. Located towards the southern coast of Iceland it can be done in a day.
13. Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park is the spectacular site of Iceland’s first parliament. It has both historical and geological significance. Lake Thingvellir is also the largest natural lake in Iceland and around it you can see the cracks and faults where Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. It is part of the famous Golden Circle and easily can be done in a day.
14. Geysir Geyser
One of Iceland’s most incredibly active geothermal area, this place is full of geysers both big and small. It is also home to Strokkur which spurts boiling water to nearly 100 feet in the air. This is also a part of the Golden Circle and a must see and can be easily included in your day trip.
Also a part of the Golden Circle and very near to Geysir, this waterfall also known as the ‘Golden Waterfall’ is a must see. It is also one of the largest waterfalls in Europe and one of Iceland’s iconic waterfall. This should complete your Golden Circle and easily be a part of your day trip.