One day’s self-drive idea for Reykjanes

Reykjanes is known for it volcanic landscape, Kleifarvatn area and Blue Lagoon. This is a tour to see it all.

This is a one day self drive idea to the Reykjanes peninsula that is known for its volcanic landscape, beautiful lakes and lagoons, fishing villages, churches and rough lava fields. We recommend you to rent a car from Thrifty and drive carefully the suggested itinerary. It should not be much longer than 7-9 hours, with plenty of time for e.g. bathing in Blue Lagoon and so forth.

South Iceland


In the morning – The church of Hallgrimur

We start in Reykjavik itself. Go and visit Hallgrimskirkja in the downtown. It is a beautiful church and go all the way up to the top. You will have a wonderful view over Reykjavik area. In front of the church we have the Ingolfur Arnarson the settler the found America.

The Pearl

The Pearl or Perlan (icelandic) is a historic landmark building in Iceland that offers a panoramic view of the entire sprawling city. Although the building dates from 1991, it is a huge water storage facility that collects geothermal water and supplies it to the city. The facility now has a viewing platform, a cafeteria, and a revolving restaurant on top. You can visit the Pearl and then take a look at the Viking Saga Museum to enjoy local history. The cafeteria is ideal for breakfasts and offers a range of family-friendly and budget-friendly meals. For a luxury breakfast, the revolving restaurant is perfect as it offers a 360 degree view of the city over 2 hours. Bessastaoir is the local residence of Iceland’s President. It is probably the only presidential residence that is without guards, fences or fearsome security.

Kleifarvatn lake

Having checked out the Pearl in Reykjavik, we head out to Reykjanes pensinula. It is some 45 min drive to Kleifarvatn that is situation in the middle of a old lava field. It is known to for its beautiful setting.

Reykjanes coast

The coast side next to the small fishing village Grindavik is known for its beauty. You can see all types of formations and natural wonders in the area. Simply drive around the area and enjoy various landscapes.

Blue Lagoon

The last stop before heading back to Reykjavik is the world famous Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal spa rich in minerals like silica and sulphur – and it is well known for being great for various types of skin diseases.