A driving tour of Iceland’s South West is an absolute must. For those with limited time in Iceland, this tour, combined with a driving tour of the Golden Circle is a great way to get a taste of this amazing country.
I have mapped out the tour with your start and end point in the capitol city of Reykjavik, however you can do what Dan and I did and pick up your rental car from the airport in Keflavik (which is near Vikingheimar) and end in Reykjavik.
A Driving Tour of Iceland’s South West
Vikinhaheimar is a fantastic historically inspired exhibition centre which presents an exact replica of a Viking Age Longship. It isn’t just a replica either, it has actually been used to sail from Iceland to New York in 2000. Additional rooms display Icelandic artifacts and there is a great display about Norse Gods aimed at children (or the young at heart).
Hafnaberg: Nesting sights and the Bridge between Two Continents
Hafnaberg is famous for a sea bird nesting site, although you can only see the birds here at particular times of year. There were no birds present when we visited in November. However, near by is a humble monument marking the divide between the North American and the European tectonic plates. A small bridge acts as the “bridge between continents” and is a great photo opportunity stop. Unfortunately the snow was blowing pretty wildly during our visit, so we don’t have any photos to prove we were there.
The most famous stop in Iceland’s South West coast, and well, one of Iceland’s most famous stops altogether, is the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is an incredibly beautiful spot consisting of a series of hot pools with tons of natural minerals and gunk and goo which is supposed to be ultra amazing for your skin. The water is actually run off from a nearby geothermal plant, but don’t let that ruin your fun.
The Blue Lagoon isn’t cheap, but it’s one of those once in a life time sort of experiences. There are a variety of packages available for those with more money to burn – think lying on a floating bed while getting a professional massage.
While the silica mud and mineral salts are fantastic for your skin, they wreak havoc on your hair. If you have afro hair like me you might want to avoid getting any of the water or mud anywhere near your tresses. Also be aware that the water corrodes silver and gold so leave the jewelery safe in your hotel room.