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Iceland is an island of natural wonders. From the Blue Lagoon to the volcanic steaming vents of Krysuvik, this country feels like another planet at times. At its heart is Reykjavik, the modern and trendy capital city where the food is fresh and the fashion is cool, but it is nature that rules in Iceland. Rent a hire car in Reykjavik for a true adventure. Watch whales swimming just off shore or walk the stunning crinkled hills of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. There is so much to see.
Keflavik International Airport is the largest airport in Iceland. It is just over 30 miles from Reykjavik and a drive of about 40 minutes along the coast. Reykjavik Domestic Airport is just four miles from the city centre.
Dollar, Hertz and Budget are just some of the companies that can supply a hire car in Reykjavik, either from the airport or in town.
Driving is by far the best way to explore Iceland as some of the most stunning natural wonders are outside the city. Hire a rental car in Reykjavik and it is all within reach. The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most obvious tourist draw and driving there is easy. From the main road between Keflavik and Reykjavik look out for a sign to the Blue Lagoon and follow it. After about six miles you are there, ready to soak in the geothermal waters. Once you have spent the day relaxing why not visit the small fishing town of Grindavik on the south coast of the Reykjanes peninsula. It is only three miles from the lagoon and 30 miles back to Reykjavik.
Gardur, on the northern tip of the Reykjanes peninsula, is a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik – just over 30 miles. It is a place that is popular with wildlife lovers as dolphins and whales are often seen swimming here. There are also many sea birds to spot.
Head north of Reykjavik and you will come across Borganes after about an hour. The picturesque 45-mile drive takes you along coastal roads and over fjords, but these sights are just the appetisers for what you are about to see. Like so much of Iceland, geography is a big deal here. The Hafnarfjall mountain is part of an extinguished volcano and dates back four million years. There are hiking routes and walking tours that cater for various levels of fitness. And while you are in Borganes take the opportunity to brush up on the country’s past at the Settlement Centre, a museum that explores Icelandic history.
The weather in Iceland can be treacherous and it can change quickly. Track the forecasts and plan your journeys. It is also wise to make sure you are prepared with water and blankets.
So if Reykjavik or other parts of Iceland appeal to you it’s time to start planning your trip. Use the Expedia search tool to find the best bargains on hire cars, hotels and flights, and research the best attractions and activities.
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