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Day Trips from Reykjavik Iceland – 5 Natural Wonders Not to Miss

Exploring Iceland by doing day trips from Reykjavik in Iceland is a surprisingly easy and convenient way to see this beautiful country.

There are a remarkable number of natural wonders in easy driving distance from both the airport (Keflavík) and the capital city, Reykjavik. From gushing waterfalls to open craters and soothing waters you can even bathe in, Iceland is a destination like no other.

One option for exploration is to hire a car (read my guide on driving in Iceland here) for the ultimate flexibility and freedom. Alternatively join a tour with a local company. Either way, Iceland is a wonderfully straight forward destination to explore!

Must See Natural Wonders near Reykjavik, Iceland

The island nation of Iceland has become the new European place to go. With a flight time of just 3 hours, it’s perfect for long weekend breaks or as a stopover between the UK and the US.

Having recently visited Reykjavik, I was so impressed with how many awesome natural wonders are within 2 hours of Keflavik Airport and the city centre. So I’ve decided to put together a quick guide focusing on day trips from Reykjavik Iceland!

driving in Iceland day trips
Driving in Iceland

Get Your Guide offers some fantastic tours around beautiful Iceland – I’ve popped a selection below:

Sandvík

Sandvík is the unique spot where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. There’s a footbridge cross between the two which you can cross. We thought it was pretty cool, as you could stand one side and a friend could stand the other, and you’d both be in different continents.

This is the closest day trip from Reykjavik at just one hour’s drive from the city centre, or just 24 minutes from Keflavík Airport.

Sandvik tectonic plates sign
Poor quality due to the weather, but signage about the tectonic plates

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

This incredible waterfall is totally different to anything I have ever seen before, as you can walk completely behind it. The force of the water at Seljalandsfoss is something to be experienced and although you might get a little wet, a climb behind here offers a completely unique perspective. It is not to be missed and is definitely one of the must see attractions in Iceland.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Iceland
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall from afar
behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Skógafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss is another incredible waterfall, mostly due to its sheer force. We got completely soaked trying to approach it.

(Apologies for the pics – it was SO hard to get my phone out as I was getting so soaked!

Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland
Standing in front of Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skógafoss Waterfall Selfie

Sólheimajökull Glacier

As we were driving on the main road, we spotted ice in the distance.  

We thought it looked like something worth exploring and trying to get closer to. A simple little left turn and a long gravel road led us to its little car park. To our absolute delight, we could follow the trail of a hiking group all the way along the black volcanic rocks to where the ice started.

We had stumbled upon Sólheimajökull Glacier and it was utterly incredible! In order to climb up the ice and fully explore, we would have needed a guide and ice picks, but we were happy enough climbing around on what we could get to. I would say this the Sólheimajökull Glacier is a highly recommended day trip from Reykjavik Iceland.

Sólheimajökull Glacier
Standing on the Sólheimajökull Glacier
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Sólheimajökull Glacier
We may have passed this point
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Feeling lucky at the Sólheimajökull Glacier
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Watching others climb over the Sólheimajökull Glacier

The Blue Lagoon

Of course I had to include the world famous Blue Lagoon!

The iconic Blue Lagoon has quickly become one of Iceland’s most famous attractions, and for good reason. We opted for the most basic entrance option but you can pay more for more experiences.

I’d check back regularly for prices, as they seem to be increasing all the time.

Oh, and there’s a bar too by the water’s edge so you can enjoy a drink and soak up this experience for longer.

Blue Lagoon Iceland
Enjoying the Blue Lagoon Iceland
Blue Lagoon Iceland
Blue Lagoon Iceland
Blue Lagoon Iceland
Braving the icy outside air

Reykjavik

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the capital of Reykjavik itself! It’s pretty, calm and friendly. But yes, a little on the expensive side. Icelandic coffee culture is a vibe too!

We only had the opportunity to try two places, the Cafe Babalú and Kaffitár, both in the very centre of town just down from the church. There’s nothing quite like having breakfast while it is still dark outside.

Reykjavik Iceland
Mid-morning old-school Snapchat
Reykjavik Iceland
Again, out on the street just as the sun is rising. Surreal!

As well as day trips from Reykjavik, the city itself is well worth spending some time in. Although it could hardly be described as a bustling metropolis; it’s very easy to lose a couple of hours wandering the streets and little stores and cafes. In the absence of tall glass skyscrapers, the streets instead are lined with cute colourful wooden buildings, and everything seems to be so small and quaint,

However, the best thing about these day trips from Reykjavik Iceland is that they are all free – with the exception of The Blue Lagoon. You can pay on entry, but here are a selection of excellent tours that include a visit to the brilliant Blue Lagoon.

Where to stay in Reykjavik

Every year, more and more excellent hotels keep opening up in the city centre of Reykjavik and in the surrounding area. Fortunately, they span all kinds of budgets so here are some great options in Reykjavik at both of ends of the spectrum:

Some excellent budget hotels in Reykjavik Iceland:

Hlemmur Square Hostel & Hotel

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

22 Hill Hotel

And some fantastic luxury hotels:

Hotel Borg

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre

101 Hotel

Day Trips from Reykjavik Iceland

Are you planning to go to Iceland soon? I hope this post helps in planning your day trips from Reykjavik, or at least inspires you to visit this incredible country and all its amazing natural wonders!

If you’ve already visited, let me know in the comments if you have any more top tips or any feedback! I’d love to hear from you 🙂 x

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Disclaimer: This stay was entirely paid for by myself and there was no involvement from the hotel. This is an independent review.

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