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Discovering West Iceland: A Journey from Reykjavik to Laugarbakki on Day 2

This is our 2nd day from our Ring Road Iceland trip! In Iceland, every day you see something new and beautiful!

After breakfast, we packed our luggage and we headed up north. It was almost 9.30 in the morning when we left.

We had our rented car in the parking waiting for us to start our day!

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This was the second day of our 10 days in Iceland trip when we explored West Iceland

On our way to Laugarbakki, we passed near Reykjavik.

As soon as we left the city behind, beautiful landscapes appeared in front of our eyes as western Iceland started to reveal itself.

There was a sunny day with a clear sky and the mountains with their snowy peaks appeared on the horizon.

On the left side of the road we had the ocean and on the right side rocky hills and lava fields, such a beautiful place with some amazing landscapes!

West Iceland
Western Iceland

Our first stop was in Borgarfjordur, a fjord in west Iceland near a small town named Borgarnes.

Borgarfjordur is situated 75 km away from Reykjavik and is an ideal destination for a one day trip from Reykjavik.

The landscape is spectacular: water, mountains, lava fields, waterfalls everything in one place! It is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights if the weather conditions are right.

Our detailed guides for choosing the best time of year for northern lights in Iceland:

The biggest town in the area is called Borgarnes, a picturesque place with a lot of history behind. As was already lunchtime, we decided to have lunch there.

There are some options for lunch, it depends on what do you want to eat. The food was good and the price was reasonable for Iceland standards!

After lunch, we continued our journey from west Iceland towards the north part. Iceland began to reveal its magnificent landscapes.

I was so excited and so amazed by what I saw as I did not know where to look, which place is more beautiful and which photos to take.

During our journey, we stopped many times for photos and to admire the view. Many of these stops were not planned.

So, my advice is that when you plan your trip try to include some time for this unpredicted stops. It is a pity to pass by and not to stop to enjoy the scenery!

The next  planned stop was at Hraunfossar. This is a very unique waterfall situated in West Iceland.

It is not powerful nor great but it is remarkable because it came from under the lava field. For me was the first time when I saw a waterfall like this.

A few minutes away from Hraunfossar is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Barnafoss means “Children’s waterfall” and behind its name is a legend about 2 children who were walking on an arch over the waterfall from where they fall in the water and drowned.

Even if these two waterfalls are very close to each other, they look completely different. Definitely you should visit both of them.

West Iceland has lots of beautiful gems to reveal besides the northern lights!

From the waterfalls, we headed up to Deildartunguhver. This is the most powerful hot spring in Europe.

The high temperature of the water produces a lot of steam and it is pretty difficult to take photos.

In the end, with some effort, we managed to take some good photos but we did not get enough for those views!

As it was pretty late we had to leave the views behind and headed up to our next accommodation, Laugarbakki hotels.

There are not many options to choose from, but the rooms are clean and simple with a basic but tasty breakfast.

What a relaxing and beautiful day we had!

Next day on our Journey we went from Laugarbakki to Akureyrl. You can continue reading our Iceland adventure here:

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Logistical tips and tricks for your trip

Book your accommodation
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Don't forget travel insurance
We never leave home without HeyMondo Insurance or Safety Wings Insurance as they offer the best services and a good value for money.

When we go for longer trips around the world we get Globelink Insurance as it offers a good cover for an affordable price.

Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected costs caused by medical events like illness, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.

We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.

Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.

We always rent our car from Discovercars as they have free cancellation 48 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.

Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.

We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.

Airplane tickets and holiday packages
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Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.