A scenic drive takes you through Laugardalur (“Warm Water Valley”) passing the city’s main sports and recreation area as well as one of the most popular outdoor geothermal swimming pools. The road leads you past the open-air museum at Árbær, a regional museum where old houses of historical value have been preserved.
Next, cross the Ellidaar River, one of the world’s cleanest salmon rivers known to flow through a capital city. Eventually you’ll reach Alftanes peninsula where the President’s residence is located. The view from the peninsula over Reykjavik is excellent.
Returning to the city’s hustle and bustle you’ll drive to Perlan, The Pearl. Perlan has a viewing deck that offers great panoramic views over Reykjavik, making this a perfect photo stop.
From one famous landmark to the next, you’ll head towards Hallgrims, the church that dominates the city skyline with its imposing tower. Then drive through the charming old quarter of Reykjavik with its colorful wooden houses and narrow streets, past the University of Iceland complex and along the city pond, Tjornin, with its rich birdlife. Reaching the old harbor, you’ll have a quick photo stop. Following the coastline, you’ll get to Hofdi house, where the summit meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev was held in 1986.
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Note: We recommend that you wear warm clothing in layers and sturdy shoes as the weather in Iceland can change quite quickly.