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Pick & choose which suits you best.

Of recent years Reykjavik is becoming more and more popular. Initially, it was as a city break destination and a base from which to tour the Golden Circle, back in 2007.

Today, we will be heading along route 54, before rejoining Iceland's Ring Road, Route One.   (You can pick-up any part of our Iceland Road Trip at the bottom of this post, along with a map of our route and the 'Highlight of the Day' for each of us.)

The pin image of our post - 'Outside the Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland'
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If you're tempted to tour the Land of Fire and Ice and would love to discover the whole country, then take a look at this  DK Eyewitness book. This Top 10 Pocket Travel Guide is invaluable, I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more.

You can now grab the revised copy.

The best things to do in Reykjavik

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Discovering downtown Reykjavik

The heart of Iceland's capital
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Icelandic Fact: Did you know?

That beer was banned in Iceland until 1st March 1989 due to the Prohibition in Iceland, it’s now celebrated as “Beer Day”.

A Reykjavik must see

They’ve made it easy
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Places to visit in Reykjavik

Head to the harbour
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Sightseeing in Reykjavik

Into Town
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Eating in Reykjavik

Got the munchies?
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A top Icelandic attraction just outside Reykjavik

The Blue Lagoon
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The things to see in Reykjavik

Street Art
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Where we stayed in Reykjavik

Our stopover

For the one night, we were based in Reykjavik; we stayed at Skuggi Hotel by Keahotels. The hotel is modern, (you can’t currently find it on street view). It has underground parking, which was our main reason for choosing it and it was in a reasonably central location.

The buffet breakfast was probably one of the best on our trip, had a really wide range of food. I would stay here again.

Finding the right car for your Icelandic Road Trip

Discover Iceland’s enchanting Ring Road with its rugged landscape or the waterfalls and geysers around the Golden Circle for yourself.

If you want to explore Iceland's F-Roads, you must have a 4x4, but we'd recommend one anyway for the improved driving position, and if the weather turns, you have a touch of added protection.

We recommend Rental Cars as they search multiple well-known car hire brands and discovers the deals that suit you the best.

Your Iceland Ring Road Trip

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Useful tips for driving in Iceland

If you are planning a road trip around Iceland particularly over the winter months you need to be very aware of the ever-changing road and weather conditions.  During winter, parts of the Ring Road may be impassable, and you may not get to areas of the country you intended to.

Regularly check the conditions by using these useful websites and apps, believe me, they will come in handy.

We have also written a post packed with tips for driving in Iceland based on our research and experience than may be worth checking out.

A few good ideas for your Icelandic trip

Here are a few things we picked up ahead of our trip to make things a little smoother for us.  Simple stuff that may be helpful on your travels.  All from Amazon.
A good old paper map
A USB car charger
A USB rechargable tourch
A USB power bank
A water bottle

    Highlight of the Day

    Every trip Gary and I go on, whether it’s a mini-break near or far or a road trip we chose a ‘Highlight of the Day’, here they are for day 11.
    Janis; Today my highlight must be seeing the seals frolicking in the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean. I really didn’t expect to see them.
    Gary; Okay, I guess I'm a little sadistic but I loved the drive. The first section as we left Arnarstapi was beautiful, and the wake-up when we hit Reykjavik reminded me of how peaceful the ring road had been since we left Höfn all those days ago.

    Our Iceland Road Trip

    The route
    The route that we took today mainly included smooth tarmac and a few hairy moments through a blizzard. We travelled along route 54, 1, 51 & 1 again.
    In total, our journey was about 204km (127 miles), and as we were jumping in and out of the car a lot today, it took us about 7 1/2 hours.

    In search of the Northern Lights in Iceland

    If you are Northern Light hunting, you need to be aware of the sunset & darkness times and the KP Index for the evening. It also requires dark and partly clear skies.

    KP Index scale ranges from 0 to 9;
    0-2: Low
    2-3: Moderate
    4-6: A big solar storm is coming
    7-9: Highly unusual

    You can monitor this via the Icelandic Met Office which is updated around 6 pm.

    The Complete Icelandic Journey

    Why not take a look through our entire 12-day Iceland tour? Staring as we left Kevflavik and continued anti-clockwise around Iceland

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