10 Best Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland 

‪Iceland has to be one of those countries with the most stunning landscapes, it’s almost otherworldly. It’s capital city, meanwhile, is an interesting hotspot for culture and the arts, as evident in the many quirky yet intriguing structures around the city.

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Reykjavik is also an ideal starting point if you want to explore Iceland, because its close to most of the country’s iconic attractions like the Blue Lagoon or Sifra. Pack your bags and sturdy shoes, and cross out each item in this list of some of the best day trips from Reykjavik, Iceland. ‬

10 Best Day Trips from Reykjavik, Iceland

1. Landmannalaugar: The Pearl of the Highlands

Landmannalaugar The Pearl of the Highlands

It can be pretty challenging and it’s not easily accessible, but Landmannalaugar remains to be one of the best day trips from Reykjavik. The landscape is often described as otherworldly — with colorful mountains and smoking hillsides, accessed by a hike across massive, ash-covered plains. The hike can be strenuous as you’ll have to walk on lava fields but well worth it as you get to see and experience the stunning Icelandic highlands.

Going to Landmannalaugar from Reykjavik takes almost four hours each way so make sure you plan your trip as well as the means to get to the area for your convenience. 

Opening Hours

open every day From 8:00 am – 7:00 pm GTM.

Contact Information

Phone:+354 8632139

Address: Mánatún 17, 105 Reykjavík Iceland

Email: info@hiticeland.com

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2. South Coast

South Coast

You can’t be in Iceland and not visit the South Coast. It is an iconic region and with good reason. Just a little over two hours from the capital, this is such an ideal Reykjavik day trip as there’s a lot to see and do, With its black sand beaches, ocean views and waterfalls, the South Coast remains on top of the most-visited parts of Iceland. Even the scenic drive to Vik, the southernmost village in the region should be something to look forward to. Once there, make sure you visit the Seljalandsfoss, which is a waterfall you can walk behind and the picture-perfect Skogafoss. Not to be missed is the Dyrholaey‘s dramatic cliffs and sea arch, and the Reynisdranger Black Sand Beach with its basalt sea stacks. 

Opening Hours

April – May: 8:30 – 8:00
June – March: 8:30 – 10:00

Contact Information

Phone: +354-551-3600

Address: Laugavegur 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland 

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3. Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes Peninsula is located about two hours to the Northwest of Reyjkavik, which makes it pretty accessible for a day trip. There’s so much of Iceland’s diverse natural wonders to see here, such as the Kirkjufell which is the perfect backdrop for the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. The place is very scenic and there’s more to explore like the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which can be hiked on a good weather. Snaefellsnes is also home to the Búðir Church, a 19th-century century wooden structure, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum and the Gerðuberg basalt columns that juts out of the peninsula’s landscape. 

Opening Hours

1st June – 30th September 10:00 – 17:00 (weekdays)
10:00 – 17:00 (Saturdays)
10:00 – 17:00 (Sundays)
1st October – 31st May 11:00 – 16:00 (on weekdays) and closed on weekends.

Contact Information

Phone: +354-6932150

Address:  12 Skógarhlíð, 105 Reykjavík Iceland.

Email: info@anothericeland.com

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4. Golden Circle

golden circle

Going to the Golden Circle from Reykjavik maybe a bit longer than most day trips but it’s well worth it. It’s also quite popular and definitely one of those Reykjavik day tours that you simply must try. There are guided tours on offer but if you want to explore at your own oace, it’s also recommended to do so. While there, you should check out the Thingvellier National Park, which is the first in Iceland and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, you should see the Geysir, a geothermal area with geysers and mud pots. After that, make sure you visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfalls, which is said to have prompted the people behind ‘Game of Thrones’ to film certain scenes in Iceland. 

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5. Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell National Park

If you’re in Iceland and want to really experience its natural beauty and not just see it, the perfect activity would be to go on a hiking tour in one of its diverse national parks. Skaftafell has scenic landscapes, hiking trails, and generally good weather most times of the year. Close to the capital, this is a worthwhile day tour from Reykjavik with a variety of natural wonders unique to Iceland all in a day full of hiking, exploring and enjoying the scenery. Pack your hiking gear and set out early to experience Skaftafell. Most hiking trails are short, but they’d take you to some amazing places such as the Svartifoss waterfall and the Skaftafellsjökull glacier, or if you want to head further out the Morsárdalur valley. This park is also the ideal base if you want to climb Iceland‘s highest mountain peak, the Hvannadalshnjúkur.

Opening Hours

January – February: 10-18
March-May: 9-18
June – August: 8-19
September – October: 9-18
November – December: 10-18

Contact Information

Phone: +354 4708300

Address: Vatnajökull National Park Skaftafellsstofa 785 Öraefi ICELAND


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6. Game of Thrones Locations

Iceland’s diverse, dramatic landscape provided the perfect backdrop for some of the most memorable scenes in the hit HBO fantasy series, Game of Thrones. Relive those scenes right where they happened, in one of the best day tours from Reykjavik. See the places where Drogon the dragon hunted for goats, or where the Hound and Brienne of Tarth fought for Arya or the narrow passageway to the Eyrie called the Bloody Gate.

Most of these scenes are held in national parks which are also UNESCO World Heritage sites, magnificent waterfalls, in valleys and rustic villages that you’ll easily find whether you join a tour or explore on your own.

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7. Blue Lagoon

blue lagoon

A perfect treat after all the exploring, hiking and climbing through Iceland’s rough, dramatic landscapes is a dip at the legendary Blue Lagoon. Located close to Iceland’s main airport and accessible from the capital, this is an ideal Reykjavik day trip. The Blue Lagoon is massive, a geothermally treated pool that has a pristine blue color. Here, you can just relax, enjoy the surrounding scenery ir smear mud on your face which is said to have some healing properties. Around the lagoon, there are accommodations and restaurants if you want to stay longer. It is recommended to book your visit in advance though to avail of packages and for your convenience. 

Opening Hours

21-23 December   8:00 – 9:00
  24 December   8:00 – 3:00
  25 December   8:00 – 4:00
  26-30 December   8:00 – 9:00
  31 December   8:00 – 5:00
  1 January   8:00 – 9:00

Admission Fee

4800 ISK or 35 Euros.

Contact Information

Phone: +354 519 79 99

Address:Borgartún 26 105 Reykjavík

Email: info@guidetoiceland.is

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8. Silfra


A unique ue day trip from Reykjavik that you must try is Sifra. It’s basically a crack between two tectonic plates where you can swim, snorkel or if you have a license, you can dive. These plates are the Eurasian and North American plates, found at the Þingvallavatn lake in Þingvellir National Park. It can be reached in just an hour by hus from Reykjavik. There is no actual marine life in the crack but the water in Sifra is so clear you can see for miles underneath, where it’s mostly rocks. The water is so clean you can actually drink it. It’s freezing cold though but the tour operators provide visitors with waterproof dry and wet suits for protection. 

Admission Fee

entrance fee (1000 ISK)

Contact Information

Phone: +354-519-3777

Address: Iceland Adventure Tours  Reiđvađ 7 110 Reykjavík, Iceland


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9. Thrihnukagigur Volcano

Thrihnukagigur Volcano

A unique day trip from Reykjavik that quite literally takes you to the center of the earth, a visit to Thrihnukagigur Volcano shouldn’t be missed. Close to the Icelandic capital, Thrihnukagigur’s original Icelandic name is the hard to pronounce ‘Þríhnúkagígur’ which means ‘three peaks crater. The dormant volcano indeed has three craters, and visitors can actually descend through one of those craters in an elevator that descends into the magma chamber. Thrihnukagigur is the only volcano in the world that provides visitors with this one of a kind experience and definitely something you shouldn’t miss if you’re in Reykjavik. 

Contact Information

Phone: +354 519 5609

Address: Skútuvogur 2, IS-104 Reykjavik

Email: info@insidethevolcano.com

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10. Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Seeing the Aurora Borealis or the mystical Northern Lights is part of almost everyone’s must experience when in Iceland. Around its capital Reykjavik, there are tour operators that organize trips and it’s recommended to join one as the package includes a local guide. A local guide is useful because they know the best places to see the Northern lights, which is ideally a vast, open space with very minimal light pollution. Each tour also guarantees that if there are no northern lights on that night, they give a free ticket for the next night. The best time for aurora borealis sightings are during months outside of the summer season. 

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sat-Sun: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Contact Information

Phone: +354 490 6006

Address: Flugvallarbraut 752 235 Reykjanesbær, Iceland

Email: info@deluxeiceland.is

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