Reykjanes peninsula is more than the home to the Blue Lagoon and KEF airport. It is a spectacular area and a part of the UNESCO Global Geopark.
There are some incredible geological locations in this area, with endless lava fields, volcanoes, bubbling mud and hot springs and lava tunnels. For the highlight of the trip, we would join The Lava Tunnel Guides for a tour through the spectacular inner workings of the Leitarhraun eruption since 5,200 years ago.
Starting the day in Reykjavík, we commence the Reykjanes adventure, visiting the residence of Iceland's president at Bessastaðir, where the president has resided since 1941, on our way out of the city.
We make our way to the country's south-westernmost point where the oldest lighthouse in Iceland proudly stands by high sea cliffs with vivid birdlife during the summer months. Reykjanes lighthouse has held its ground since 1878. However, nearly destroyed by an earthquake in 1905 it was rebuilt in the years between 1907-1908 and has remained little changed ever since then, safely guiding the way for sailors from afar into harbour nearby.
From here we visit the Bridge Between Continents where a footbridge links between the fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates giving you a chance to literally walk between two continents.
Before leaving the south-westernmost point of Iceland, we make a visit to Gunnuhver. Gunnuhver is a highly active geothermal area with large steam vents and bubbling mud baths scattered about in the most beautiful geothermal colours. Then we visit the small fishing village of Grindavík for lunch in one of the local cafés serving one of the best lobster soup and other Icelandic delicacies around.
After lunch, the exploring continues as we make our way to Lake Kleifarvatn surrounded by vast moss-covered lava fields and black volcanic shores. Nearby the lake is Krýsuvík and Seltún geothermal area displaying a Mars-like landscape with steam vents and bubbling mud pots.
Then it's on to the real highlight of the tour. We visit the LAVA Tunnel, locally known as Raufarhólshellir, where we witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption.
The Lava tunnel has recently been opened after doing extensive work putting lighting, boardwalk and generally making it more accessible. We'll be walking the same path as the lava flowed in the Leitarhraun eruption that took place 5,200 years ago. The colours and textures of the scorched earth within the LAVA tunnel are really amazing.
Our Reykjanes peninsula and LAVA Tunnel tour ventures between continents and through unique and spectacular geothermal landscapes, giving you the perfect introduction to Iceland's volcanic and geothermal history.