I’m not gonna lie, I love Iceland. It seems like everybody just got back from Iceland or is planning an upcoming trip to Iceland. I firmly believe you can spent a whole week just in Reykjavik and never get bored, but you’d be missing out if you don’t rent a car since it’s a great way to explore all the great stuff outside of the city. Plus, it’s a 45 minute drive from the airport to downtown Reykjavik, so you’re better off renting a car to avoid paying for a shuttle. Here are my picks for what to do with 5 days in and around Reykjavík.
This active Lutheran church is one of the most well-known structures in Iceland but don’t let that stop you from visiting. You can go up to the observational deck for just 900 ISK and from there you’ll get a seriously awesome view of the city. The building was constructed from 1945 to 1986 and the design is said to be based on the stacks of basalt rock you’ll find throughout the country, such as on the beaches in Vík, which formed from lava flow.
Chuck Norris Grill
There are so many waterfalls in Iceland and if you have the time you should visit as many as possible. The Icelandic word for waterfall is “foss” and as you’re driving around you’ll see signs directing you to another foss all over the place. Skógafoss is probably the most famous, but everybody knows about that. Seljalandsfoss is on the way to Vik and not far off Highway 1 so you won’t lose a lot of time for the detour. Oh, and it’s spectacular.
While it might not look like it, you can drive your car right up to and through this gravel road. You’ll probably see some ATVs and horseback riders making their way along the path as well. You’ll pass by old shipwrecks that washed ashore, giving you a good idea about how bad the weather can get around here. You’ll also see some ruins from an old fish works industry and the bright orange Hópsnesviti lighthouse at the end of the peninsula. There are also a ton of sheep along the road (be careful, one of them chased us back into the car).