Reykjanes Peninsula | Blue Lagoon Tour with Lava Landscapes
Join this tour of the scenic Reykjanes peninsula surrounding Reykjavik, including geothermal hot spots, lava fields pebbled with ancient pieces of cooled lava, and whimsical fishing towns with only a few hundred residents. This tour is for anyone who wishes to explore the quiet country of Iceland and discover why it is one of the hottest places to get away at any time of year.
You’ll see the village of Eyrarbakki, from which a man named Bjarni Herjólfsson sailed in 985 C.E. He would go on to discover America after taking a wrong turn on the way to Greenland. Returning to Greenland, he told Viking explorer Leif Eriksson about his strange discovery and sold him the boat he would sail to the place he called Vinland. The rest is history!
After you’ve made your way through the town, you’ll pass the famous Strandarkirkja church. Built in the 12th century, the church was built when a group of sailors, caught in a storm, prayed to be saved and promised to build a church where they came ashore. After beholding a vision they thought was an angel, they were saved when they reached Selvogur, Iceland, and kept their vow. One of the richest churches in Iceland, people would come from all around the land in hopes of experiencing a miracle.
After taking in the divine, you’ll experience the earthly wonders of Iceland. Krýsuvík and Gunnuhver geothermal areas, full of mysterious hot pots, bubbling mud and steaming vents, before stopping at the town of Grindavík, where you can enjoy lobster soup fresh from the traps!
You’ll also be able to explore The Bridge Between the Continents, spanning the Mid-Atlantic Rift, where the two tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia don’t quite meet. You can stand with one foot on one continent and one in the other, staring into the fathomless crevasse below.
The Reykjanesviti lighthouse crowns this area of charming coastline, watching over the land since 1929.
On the way back to the city, you can choose to be dropped off at the Blue Lagoon spa, though admission to the spa is not included in this tour and must be purchased beforehand to ensure the Blue Lagoon is not at capacity.
Don’t miss out on your chance to discover an area of great beauty and historical importance, all in easy reach of the world-famous Blue Lagoon and the capital city. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 8 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
- Difficulty: Easy
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is the single most popular attraction in Iceland.
The water is rich in silica and sulphur that helps make your skin shine like a baby. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility that helps find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, and averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). There´s a restaurant there and it´s a truly romantic and beautiful place one should not miss while in Iceland.
Krysuvik is a geothermal area in the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland, situated in the middle of the fissure zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
At Krysuvik you may see all kinds of solfataras, fumaroles, hot springs and mud pots. The soil is colourful, giving of hues of green, red and bright yellow. We also recommend the crater lake Graenavatn, with its luminous green colour, Kleifarvatn, Reykjanes's largest lake and the birdcliff Krysuvikurberg, nesting place of around 77 thousand sea birds, including kittiwake, auk, fulmar and gull.
Reykjanes is a peninsula in Southwest Iceland, characterised by immense lava fields, volcanoes and strong geothermal activity.
Volcanic & Geothermal Activity
The peninsula runs along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates are drifting apart. Because of this geological setting, the whole peninsula is extremely volcanically active, covered with lava fields and volcanoes and small earthquakes are very common there.
During the middle ages, many eruptions occurred in Reykjanes, but no eruptions have been recorded there for the last 500 years.
The main geothermal areas of Reykjanes are Gunnuhver, Krýsuvik and Svartsengi. Various mud pools and fumaroles can be seen at Gunnuhver while Krýsuvik is characterised by hot springs and mud pots that bestow multicoloured hues upon the soil. The green crater lake Grænavatn is also an impressive sight.
Svartsengi is home to a geothermal power station that produces 76.5 MW of electricity from the 475 litres of 90° C warm water that gush from the earth per second. The mineral-rich surplus water fills up the Blue Lagoon spa.
Nature & Wildlife
Reykjanes' cliffs are teeming with birdlife. Its best-known bird colony resides in Krýsuvikurbjarg which is the nesting place of approximately 80 thousand seabirds. North of Krýsuvíkurbjarg is Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the peninsula and one of the deepest in Iceland.
Reykjanes is hammered by some of the most breathtaking breaker waves in the world. A short drive from Krýsuvík is Selvogur where one is able to witness some of the country's greatest waves. On Reykjanestá, the southwest tip of the peninsula, the waves are known to reach heights of 20-30 meters.
The peninsula's north side is dotted with fishing villages and towns, most notably Keflavík, Sandgerði, Garður and Vogar. Grindavík town is located on the south shore of the peninsula.
Near Keflavík is the Miðnesheiði heath, where the international airport, Leifsstöð (also known as Keflavíkurflugvöllur or ‘Keflavík Airport’) is located.
The World-Famous Spa
On the southern tip of the peninsula is the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, an ideal place for relaxing and bathing.
Grindavík is a fishing town on the south side of the Reykjanes peninsula.
The town has one of the most active fishing industries in the country. The Natural Resources and Culture House in Grindavík features exhibitions on the history of the salt fish working in the country and on geothermal activity.
Starting time : 08:30
Admission to ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition
Free WiFi on bus
Pick up is up to 30 minutes before departure
Admission to the Blue Lagoon spa (must be purchased in advance)
What to bring:
Clothing and outerwear suited to chilly or rainy weather
Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking
Good to know:
The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm.
Ana Carolina G A
This trip is great. They get you in very beautiful places with the best bus and super organized deals. After the trip we stay at Blue Lagoon and it was amazing. They will give you a ticket to take anytime bus to return to the city. Perfect trip and agency. I really recommend.
Karla Garcia Corral
It was really good and interesting, the tour guide had amazing info but sometimes it was hard to understand what he was saying. The bus was in perfect condition and the personal was very kind and friendly.