Reykjanes

Reykjanes Peninsula might be one of the most underestimated places in Iceland. Apart from being home to Keflavik International Airport, almost all travelers drive straight from the airport to Reykjavik City without so much as a stop to look around, except when visiting the Blue Lagoon. They sure do not know what they're missing.

The landscape is a bit rough, great lava fields covered with moss, old craters, fissures and bubbling, geothermal mud pools.
In addition to the beautiful landscape, the culture there is interesting. Most of the towns were built up around fisheries and Icelanders from all over the island came there for work.

You might not know this, but Reykjanes Peninsula is a geological phenomenon and a UNESCO Global Geopark. It is well suited for that as it is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level.

Grindavík
A small fishing village on Reykjanes peninsula. It is a close neighbor to the Blue Lagoon, so if you want to stay close to the lagoon on your vacation we recommend Grindavík. Even though the village is small, it contains two very good museums we highly recommend. Saltfisksetrið can show you how we work with fish and educate you a bit about the fishing industry in Iceland. The other one is Jarðorka, the show goes over the main geological aspects of Iceland. Have you ever wanted to try standing in an earthquake? Well, in Jarðorka you can, they have a special machine that imitates earthquakes.

The Blue Lagoon
The lagoon is one of Iceland's biggest tourist attractions. The Blue Lagoon started out as a local meeting point, Icelanders love hot water and make the most of it. Soon it was discovered that the water, which is from the Svarthengi geothermal power plant, was extremely good for the skin. People who suffered from skin diseases such as psoriasis got better by bathing in the waters. The water is rich in silica and sulfur which seem to do wonders for the skin. As tourism in Iceland grew it did not take long for the world to discover the warm miracle waters of the lagoon. It is located just outside of the town of Grindavík on Reykjanes peninsula.

Whale watching
You can go whale watching with Reykjanes Whale Watching and Sea Angling in Reykjanes. The tours depart from Keflavik town and are offered all year around. The beaches around Reykjanes peninsula are extremely beautiful, with moss-covered lava fields meeting the harsh Atlantic Ocean. If the weather does not allow boats to go out, do not worry, they will offer you a storm tour instead.

ATV rides
Ever wondered what it would be like on the moon? Well, you can find out by taking a fun ATV ride on Reykjanes peninsula. Nothing beats some of fun activity including breathtaking scenery that can only be described like being on the moon. The lava landscape you drive past on your ATV is like nothing you can imagine. To top off this otherworldly view, you will come across shipwrecks midland that will shock you and leave you wondering how they got there. With the landscape and sudden shipwrecks before your eyes, you will start to wonder where you are in the universe.

Caving
If you feel like you have done it all and seen most of the main scenery in Iceland or if you simply want to do something different, not following the main tourist attractions, then caving might be something for you. It is a perfect mix of adventure, activity and enjoyable sightseeing. Reykjanes is full of lava tunnels and caves but the most known one is Leiðarendi. You will get helmets and headlights on the tour and a trained cave guide will take you into the cave. You will be walking and sometimes crawling to discover the wonders and beautiful colors of the cave for about an hour. Go on a different kind of tour while in Iceland.

Kleifarvatn
The lake is only about a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik and is a perfect stop on a short sightseeing day. It takes about an hour to walk around the lake but the scenery is extremely beautiful, with black sandy beaches around it and stunning lava rock formations. No water can be seen coming to or from the lake, but there is an underground hot spring at its bottom. You can even go diving or snorkeling in the lake, over the cracks in the lake’s hot spring area. If you do not have much time and want to do a short but amazing sightseeing day we highly recommend Kleifarvatn.

Krýsuvík
The area is close to Kleifarvatn lake and is only about a 30-40 minute drive from Reykjavik. It is excellent to explore; the area contains many breathtaking sceneries even though it is not very large. It is easy to make a short 3-4 hour sightseeing day by going to Krýsuvík and Kleifarvatn lake. The biggest attractions in Krýsuvík are a geothermal, mud pot area called Selvík, Grænavatn (Green Lake) volcanic crater, Krýsuvík church and unforgettable rock formations as you drive through the volcanic landscape.

The Bridge between two continents
The reason Iceland has such strong volcanic activity is due to the fact we are located right on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. You could say that the country is being split in two by major forces. There are few places in Iceland where you can see the evidence of this and one of them is on Reykjanes peninsula, where there is a bridge over a major fissure. If you ever wanted to make a run for it between Europe and North America here is your chance. If you want to bring a proof of this back home, visit the Duus cultural house for a certification of the walk/run.

Gunnuhver
One of Iceland's biggest mud pools, around 20 meters across. The hot spring is named after the ghost of a woman called Guðrún who haunted the area around 400 years ago. The story tells of a priest who trapped her, so she fell into the hot spring and that was the end of her. As the lava fields in the area are quite young compared to many others, the mix of steam, sulfur and other gases melt the fresh lava and turn it into clay, thereby forming a large mud pot in the ground.

Reykjanesviti
Iceland´s oldest lighthouse. The lighthouse is on Reykjanes peninsula close to Gunnuhver hot spring. It towers over the landscape at 31 meters to guide ships safely to harbor.

 

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