5-Day Driving Tour of Iceland
Few places in the world are as pristine as Iceland. The island was formed on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge less than 18 million years ago, and today, it remains a hot spot of geothermal activity, with innumerable hot springs and geysers, as well as glacial rivers, thundering waterfalls and razor-sharp lava fields. As it has fewer than 330,000 inhabitants, two-thirds of whom live in Reykjavík, it is possible to drive for hours on the main 830-mile Ring Road (Route 1) without seeing a soul.
This itinerary is best experienced by car and explores the coastal city of Reykjavík, the natural wonders of the "Golden Circle" and the beautiful nature and adventure activities of southern Iceland.
Day 1 : Reykjavik
Filled with colorful buildings and quirky modern design, the city merits a day’s sightseeing. Its 120,000 citizens typically have a dry sense of humor and seem genuinely keen to hear about your trip. Although there is no hotel of a Harper standard, both the Hotel Borg, an art deco property in the city center, and the Radisson Blu 1919, a business hotel, are sufficiently comfortable and convenient for brief stays. Hotel Borg is perhaps the better option, but its lodgings are slightly dated and worn. Be sure to request a room overlooking the picturesque square.
While there, visit Hallgrímskirkja church. The church itself is hard to miss – it is located in the center of the 101 (the nickname and ZIP code of Reykjavik’s downtown area), and a short ride up the elevator in the main tower provides sweeping views over the colorful compact seaside city.