2 days self-drive tour to Reykjavik and Hveragerdi
Explore some of the main wonders of Iceland by getting this 2 days self-drive idea to Reykjavik and Hveragerdi.
This self drive idea is perfect for those who want to have a relaxing time in their Iceland vacation yet want to explore a few wonders of the country. You will first go to the capital of Iceland called Reykjavik and explore the place that reflects what Iceland is all about. On the second day, you will head to Hveragerdi and explore its places of interest. With a rental car from Thrifty, you can truly explore the wonders of Iceland in just two days.
THE 2 DAYS ITINERARY
Day 1 – Arrival via Keflavik International Airport; Explore Reykjavik
Arrive in Iceland via Keflavik International Airport late in the morning, get your rental car in Thrifty and drive towards the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. Once there, you can check in at Hotel Cabin and drop your things before exploring the city.
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You can relax a bit for awhile by going to The Culture House, National Centre for Cultural Heritage so you can explore the national heritage of Iceland. This establishment has various long term and short term exhibitions that are given by relevant institutions. You can also explore exhibitions on selected national treasures as well as attend tours, gatherings, lectures, artisitc events and public ceremonies.
Next stop is the Hallgrimskirkja Church, which is Reykjavik’s main landmark and one of the best tourist attractions. This is known as the largest church in Iceland and the tall tower can be seen from anywhere in Reykjavik. The church tower is open to everyone from 9:00 to 20:00 so you can get a breathtaking view of the city from there. If you are into great architecture and stunning views, the Hallgrimskirkja Church is a great place to visit.
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Another great tourist attraction to go to is the Perlan, which is the a historic landmark building that lets you have a panoramic view of the entire Reykjavik. It is known to be a huge water storage facility that collects geothermal water in order to supply it to the city. You can visit the Viking Saga Museum for more local history. And when you get there by lunchtime, you have a the choice of either eating in the restaurant or at the revolving restaurant that has 360 degree view of the city over 2 hours. It also has a viewing platform that you can go to for relaxation and peacefulness.
For getting more educated in this trip, go to Geothermal Energy Exhibition at the Hellisheiði Power Plant. Geothermal energy in Iceland is harnessed here in various ways to help the environment. The experienced guides will tell you how they are done and give you informative presentations with multimedia shows on how energy is used globally. The facility also provides a wide selection of educational materials on geothermal energy that you can buy and read.
The last place to go is the Reykjavik Art Museum’s Ásmundarsafn sculpture collection that exhibits almost all of the works of Iceland sculptor, Asmundur Sveinsson. His works can also be seen in the garden outside of the museum and inside as well. The building was designed and constructed by the sculptor himself to make it his home and studio. View his amazing works and even buy casts of his selected works in the museum shop.
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Once done exploring, go back to Htoel Cabin and have dinner and lounge at their restaurant and bar. If given the chance, you can have a glimpse of the Northern Lights that can appear anytime. Here is the map of Day 1:
Day 2 – Visiting Hveragerdi and Departing Iceland
After having breakfast in Htoel Cabin, check out and drive towards the Heidmork, the largest forest and nature reserve in the area. It is one of the popular tourist destinations and recreational areas in Iceland because this is where Reykjavik’s water reservoirs and drinking water wells are located. There are 4 million trees here and has been taken care off since the whole place is fenced off.
Since you are already nearby, it is good to visit Raudholar. This tourist attraction consist of cluster of red volcanic pseudocraters in the Elliðaárhraun lava fields and is located on the south-eastern outskirts of Reykjavík, Iceland. You can take photo opportunities here and be at awe of its natural formations.
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The next place to go is the hot springs capital of the world: Hveragardi. For the whole year, there are pillar of steam from the numerous hot springs that are seen rising up out of the ground. You can go to the geothermal park and soak into the hot springs there after walking and touring outside the whole morning. There are also various relaxing treatments found here that you can avail so you can rejuvenate and re-energize before leaving Iceland. Afterwards, you can eat in any of the restaurants in Hveragardi and then explore the town a little more.
After done exploring, you can drive back to Thrifty to bring back the rental car. And then proceed to Keflavik International Airport and depart from Iceland. Here is the map for Day 2: