The Impressive But Not-Easy-To-Pronounce Valahnjukur Rock Formations
If you're visiting Reykjavik, Iceland, one of the best day trips from the city is an easy drive to the Reykjanes peninsula to see the amazing rock formations rising out of the ocean at Valahnjukur. We visited Valahnjukur on a blustery January day, but the drama created by the soft, white snow covering the dark, hard rock formations made it worth the effort. Both the frigid air and the stunning view took your breath away.
If you're visiting the Valahnjukur rock formations, you should also stop to see the nearby Gardskagi lighthouse, which towers an imposing 90 feet above the sea. In fact, it's Iceland's tallest lighthouse, and recently Icelanders voted it their second-favorite in the whole country. The Gardskagi lighthouse also has the distinction of sitting next to one of the few white-sand beaches in Iceland; most of the country's beaches are composed of black volcanic sand.
The area surrounding the Valahnjukur rock formations and the Gardskagi lighthouse is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic in the summer, and there's even a campground nearby for those looking to get a bit closer to nature. Definitely an easy and worthwhile day trip from Reykjavik.