I consider Iceland to be one of the most extraordinary places to visit. While driving across the country, at times it felt like I arrived to another planet. The stillness, the spacious landscapes and impressive nature spectacles like waterfalls, hotsprings and geysers are just something else. In this blog I’d like to share 6 tips while staying in Reykjavík in 6 – 7 days!
The golden circle
Although probably one of the most common places to visit during your trip to Iceland, the Golden Circle still is a triangle of places you should go and explore. It consists of three locations, the Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geyser area – with the active Strokkur geyser – and the Thringvellir National Park.
1. The Gullfoss Waterfall
To my opinion, the Gullfoss waterfall also called ‘The Golden Waterfall’, is definetely one of the most beautiful waterfalls and therefore a must visit. Especially in winter time I found it really special, since I never saw a waterfall half flowing, half frozen. Tip: Be sure to bring warm clothes and steady shoes, since you walk up to see the view over the waterfall and the wind overthere wil make you feel like your freezing alive.
2. The Strokkur Geyser
Ofcourse you can’t leave Iceland without checking out one of the most impressive spectacles of nature. Seeing a geyser errupt is truly a unique experience. The Strokkur Geyser errupts every 5 to 10 minutes, so you’ll be sure to see it happening when you visit!
3. Thingvellir National Park
The third stop in the Golden Circle is called the Thingvellir National Park. This park is special, since its located on two continents. When you visit this park you are able to see the opening between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America. Fascinating to know, but more important is the stunning beauty of this area. Tip: Visit this area at sunrise (in winter time between 10:00 and 11:00 or at sunset between 04:00 and 05:00 winter time) I can promise, the colours of the sky wil amaze you.
4. Skógafoss Waterfall
Awaterfall that’s also a must visit while staying in Reykjavík or somewhere around the southcoast of Iceland is Skógafoss. It’s especially magical in wintertime, when the underground is frozen and your able to walk over it, with the waterfall behind you, it looks like your walking on water. Besides this you can walk up the stairs to get an impressive view of the area.
5. Blue lagoon
Last but not least! This place is a real touristy spot. But anyway it’s a truly unique experience, to go swimming in this giant icy blue hotspring. To me it was definetely one of the most memorable places. Even on a cold, rainy day it still felt magical. This geothermal pool contains mineral-rich water and it’s special black clay should be also helful to improve several skin conditions.
6. Rent a car!
Final tip: especially when travelling with more people, rent a car and go visit these places on your own paste. While there are many daytours available, starting fromReykjavík, all places are also attainable for free. This will save you lot’s of many. Besides that, with a rental car you are also able to visit places to see the northern lights in the evening. These trips are pretty expensive, considering it’s actually only a bus, taking you to the right photospot. Ofcourse, daytrips can be a nice alternative if you like to know more about the country, cause the guides in the bus wil be happy to tell you all about it 😊