The Ultimate Day Trip from Reykjavik: An Icelandic Road Adventure

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Gullfoss Waterfall on the Golden Circle Route in Iceland.

There’s something magical about the freedom of the open road, especially when it’s in a land as stunning as Iceland. Today, I’m taking you along on a perfect day trip from Reykjavik, the heart of Iceland, in a rental car. Buckle up for a journey filled with dramatic landscapes, natural wonders, and the spirit of adventure.

Morning: Departure from Reykjavik

Our day begins early in Reykjavik, where we pick up our rental car, from Lagoon Car Rental. As the city slowly wakes up, we drive out, leaving behind the urban landscape for the rugged, raw beauty of Iceland’s countryside.

Stop 1: Thingvellir National Park

Our first destination is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, creating a dramatic rift valley. The park is not just a geological wonder but also a place of historical significance, being the site of Iceland’s first parliament. We take a gentle walk through the park, marveling at the stunning vistas and the clear, icy waters of the Silfra fissure. And, there we finish our first stop on the Golden Circle route in Iceland.

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Take a walk between tectonic plates at Thingvellir National Park.

Midday: Geysir and Gullfoss

Next, we head towards the Geysir geothermal area. The drive itself is a visual treat, with the landscape changing colors and textures. At Geysir, we witness the Strokkur geyser erupting, shooting water up to 30 meters in the air. It’s a spectacular display of nature’s power.

A short drive from Geysir is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. The sight of the Hvítá river plummeting down a 32-meter crevice is breathtaking. We take some time to enjoy the views from various vantage points, feeling the mist on our faces.

Afternoon: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls

As we continue on the Ring Road along the south coast, our next stops are the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss, famous for the path that leads behind its cascading water, offers a unique perspective. A little further down the road, Skógafoss impresses us with its sheer power and beauty. If we’re lucky, we might catch a glimpse of a rainbow in the spray.

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Seljalandsfoss waterfall in south Iceland.

Evening: Return to Reykjavik

As the day comes to a close, we drive back to Reykjavik. The setting sun casts a golden glow over the landscapes we pass, a perfect end to an eventful day.


Our day trip from Reykjavik is a testament to Iceland’s unparalleled beauty. In just one day, we’ve experienced geological marvels, historical sites, and some of the most stunning natural wonders this country has to offer. Iceland is a place where every turn on the road brings a new, awe-inspiring view, making a simple car rental journey into an unforgettable adventure.

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