I have a confession to make: I’m not a big fan of the golden circle. It’s not because the places you visit when driving the circle are not beautiful, amazing or out of this world (they are!) – I’ve just seen them a million times. I’m also not a big fan of sharing my experiences with a bus load of people (or more like several bus loads) although I have nothing against those who choose to travel that way. Like I never get tired of preaching: there’s so much more to Iceland than Gullfoss and Geysir and I just hope my blog will inspire you to explore a bit beyond that beaten track.
Three reasons why you should visit Reykjanes
- It’s really close to Reykjavík and it’s a perfect destination if you don’t have a lot of time to explore. You can spend the whole day without seeing everything the area offers but you can also see some amazing highlights in a couple of hours.
- Reykjanes offers some of the most amazing sunsets I’ve seen in my life. The contrasts in the landscape and the beautiful light make it the photographer’s dream and it’s unlike any other place I’ve ever visited.
- There are no crowds. You are not alone in the world (although sometimes if feels like that) but you can be sure that you won’t see 20 buses parked at any parking lot around there.
Yesterday my sisters and I decided to go for a bit of a drive around the peninsula. Every time I drive out there I discover something new and half of the time I have no idea what I’m going to see until I take a chance on some road I stumble upon, without knowing exactly where it will take me, and I get totally blown away by what awaits me. It makes you feel like you are exploring something new and exciting instead of following some dots on a map and checking them off your list.
I really enjoyed our little drive yesterday ans I totally heart this area (and the sisters even though they drive me nuts at times). For more information about Reykjanes (not the sisters) check out visitreykjanes.is