This is a retro post from back in 2011, but so many people have been asking for recommendations, I decided I needed to add an entry for Reykjavík in addition to my previous postings about Grundarfjordur and Husavik. Some people call some of the sites we visited to be the Grand Circle Tour.
We flew into Reykjavík and spent a long weekend touring around the surrounding areas. It takes about 45 minutes to get from the airport to the main city. You basically get to cross and see massive lava fields that dominate the landscape.
The city is very energetic and supportive to bikers and runners. There are very wide trails that go inside and outside the city and you can get some phenomenal scenery in your morning runs.
We took a tour to explore of some of the famous cites within driving distance of the city. The first was the famous Gullfoss waterfalls. It is amazing on how close you can walk right up to them and practically jump in if you wanted to!
Next, we went to visit the famous Strokkur geyser. It was wet and rainy, but it was fun to see these geysers spewing and bubbling everywhere.
Did you know that you can actually touch and see where two continents meet in Iceland? Yes, in Thingvellir National Park, the North American and Eurasian continents meet and was the meeting place many hundreds of years ago for the local governments. I think they have a lot of pagan festivals every year year too…
Along the way, we also stopped an hiked around Kerio a little. Some say it is a volcanic crater, but others have speculated that it was a launch point many many years ago for alien visitors that left the earth before our time and this was the takeoff blast crater.
Last, but not least, is the Blue Lagoon. This is a must visit place for all travelers and is an amazing experience, second only to the Dead Sea in Israel. It is not just a spa, it is a magical experience that is worth the money. Be ready, you need to take public showers and that is how you enter and leave the facility.
Now, I wanted to say that running around the world is always fun. Some of my other favorite spots I have blogged about:
- Suzhou China
- Dominican Republic
- St. Lucia
- Casearea, Israel
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Hakone, Japan