You didn’t come to Iceland to be in the city, right? Here are some places you could drop by on your road trip.
If you’re doing a loop of the Ring Road, it would be easy to miss Seyðisfjörður—a small seaside town that lies over a mountain pass from Egilsstaðir. There’s a lot to see there, from the eggshell blue church to the Tvísöngur sound sculpture, the picturesque Waterfall Lane hike, and the Skaftfell art museum, where you can also try a memorable reindeer and blue cheese pizza in the basement restaurant. Read a bigger guide here. JR
This family-owned restaurant is situated in the airy atrium of a large tomato greenhouse that’s conveniently close to the Golden Circle route. Bees buzz around pollinating the vines, and when the tomatoes are ripe, they’re picked and turned into delicious tomato soup (with free refills), pizza passata, and bloody Marys. You can also pick up some Friðheimar products from the shop on your way out, and find their tomatoes in stores all around Iceland. Read more about Fríðheimar here. JR
Activity: Langjökull Ice Tunnel
The Langjökull Ice Tunnel is the perfect jaunt if you’re traveling with kids, and particularly those that are partial to a certain song called “Let It Go.” While adults will be amazed to find themselves standing atop of the vast Langjökull glacier, the tykes could easily amuse themselves for hours moseying around the ice tunnel, which is complete with multiple chambers and a chapel. For extra oomph, arrive via helicopter. Find out more here. HJC
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