A delightful day trip from Reykjavik Iceland

Misty morning @ Borgarfjordur valley. The pyramid-shaped mountain is one of the better known in Iceland. PIC finnur.malmquist

Misty morning @ Borgarfjordur valley. The pyramid-shaped mountain is one of the better known in Iceland. PIC finnur.malmquist

What to do with a leftover day in Reykjavik Iceland? This is a question facing a number of visitors to this lovely island of ours.

Roughly put as much as half of visitors to Iceland only spend a long weekend here while perhaps 40 per cent take all the time they need. But what many fail to realize until here is how very small the city of Reykjavik is and how very limited the choices are. By this time most have done the Golden Circle tour and most have also done the Blue lagoon. Downtown walks are great for all of an hour and then suddenly people have 24 hours left and out of options.

It is a lovely route in lovely landscape

Sure, there is whale watching and it is certainly possible to wander about in Reykjavik proper for time on end taking in all the museums, the shopping malls and perhaps take a dive in one of many lovely swimming pools around.

But a much better option is to take in more nature since nature easily puts all Reykjavik has to offer to shame. If you have a vehicle a brilliant idea, weather permitting, is to drive to Borgarfjordur valley as shown on the map.

The trip takes you to a massive hot spring area called Deildartunguhver. PIC Enrique Domingo

The trip takes you to a massive hot spring area called Deildartunguhver. PIC Enrique Domingo

A leisurely drive here in good conditions will take most of the day if you stop regularly to take it all in. You will drive through very varied landscapes, from the forested area in Svinadal valley to the moss-grown lava around Husafell cottage area and Hredavatn lake. You can play golf, go swimming, buy tomatoes in mid-winter, scout the largest tube-cave in the country and towering over part of the area are two glaciers, one of which can be toured in summertime.

It is a lovely route in lovely landscape and loads of detours available if time is plenty. Do not worry, if you come to the end of any road just turn back. No problemo!

Not up to it on your own?

We do offer this tour in a SUV vehicle over summertime. Get in touch for details.


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