Renting a car is the most popular option for traveling the 152 miles (244km) from Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik to the northwestern village of Blönduós. The settlement itself is perched on the Blanda River and a great stopping point on the Ring Road (Route 1) before heading further north.
Making the trip is possible by public bus, however, the winter season may affect the schedule. Booking a private transfer would also be an option, but more expensive. While some group tours might include a quick stop in the village, it's not recommended to use as a means of transport to Blönduós.
Along the route, visitors may want to hike to Glymur falls and visit the natural rock formation Hvitserkur on the beach, just before Blönduós. Once in the village, fishing enthusiasts can try their hand at catching local trout and salmon. Birdwatchers will have the chance to spot several Icelandic species as well.
This 10-day itinerary is full of off-the-beaten-path spots to check out if you have time for a detour.
Duration: 5-7 hours
Driving directly from Reykjavik to Blönduós takes a little over three hours, however, it's wise to allow for extra time to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. There are also opportunities for detours off the Ring Road (Route 1) if you have a longer amount of time.
One such detour would be the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and visitors choosing to do this should allow an extra day or two to explore everything that the area has to offer. The Westfjords would add another two to three days of exploring as well and are accessible by boat from the town of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Once in the village of Blönduós, the handicraft and textile museums are popular choices as is the river island of Hrútey, where you can hike and enjoy more birding.
Duration: 5-6 hours
Travelers wishing to take the bus will depart from Reykjavik's Town Center, Ráðhusið. After taking bus line 6 to Artun, you'll transfer to bus line 57 heading north towards Akureyri. The entire trip is about four and a half hours and weather dependent.