To celebrate my 40th birthday, three of my girlfriends and I headed from Boston to Reykjavik Airport for a long weekend trip to Iceland. You can read my last post, 6 Reasons I Decided to Spend my 40th Birthday in Iceland, to see why. We spent our first day exploring Reykjavik and the Golden Circle.
If you are stopping by Reykjavik as part of a layover, the one day in Reykjavik will allow you to explore it and drive or tour the Golden Circle, a road with many of Iceland’s essential sights.
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Half a Day in Reykjavik
Walk along Laugavegur
Walk through the Grounds of Iceland’s Parliament Building
Self-Drive Golden Circle One-Day Itinerary
It consists of a visitor’s center and paths. You can see Pingvellir Church and the architectural remains of the meeting place. Other than the views, I was most fascinated by the rift valley where you can see the edges of the plates of Eurasia and North America, which are separating 2.5 cm a year. There are also places to scuba dive, which would be fun to return for in the summer.
If you notice the people on the ledge on the left, you can begin to appreciate the enormity of the Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland.
We then headed to the enormous waterfall Gullfoss on the Hvita river. There are lovely walking paths to the waterfall, and you can walk very close to it. One thing that struck me on this trip is how close you were to the nature in Iceland without fences and warning signs between you and the attraction.