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.
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.
The Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland is an area of much lava, volcanoes and strong geothermal activity. This is were the continents meet and here you may enjoy rich birdlife along with some of the most powerful breaker waves you are likely to encounter.
Reykjanes is a peninsula in Southwest Iceland. The whole peminsula is covered with lavas and active volcanoes and is strong in geothermal activity. Earthquakes are very common. The peninsula is the continuation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Indeed, at the southern tip of Reykjanes, at Sandvik, there is a bridge where one can literally walk between the continents.
Volcanic activity stretches out to the ocean. A new island was formed in 1783 but was broken by waves. In the middle ages there were many eruptions in the area, but no eruptions have been recorded on the mainland for the last 500 years.
Closely related to the volcanic activity is geothermal activity. The main geothermal areas of Reykjanes are Krysuvik, Gunnuhver and Svartsengi.
Svartsengi has a power station with an energy of 76.5 MW with about 475 litres per second of water, at a heat level of 90 degrees Celsius. Its mineral-rich surplus water fills up the Blue Lagoon spa.
Various mud pools and fumaroles can be seen at Gunnuhver and it is also said to be haunted.
At Krysuvik you may further see all kinds of solfatarae, fumaroes, hot springs and mud pots, with the soil giving off mulitcoloured hues. The green crater lake Graenavatn is also an impressive sight.
Reykjanes has rich birdlife in all cliffs and its best known birdcliff is also located in Krysuvik, Krysuvikurbjarg, a nesting place of around 77 thousand seabirds. Slightly further north is Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the peninsula and one of the deepest lakes in the country.
Reykjanes further has some of the most breathtaking breaker waves in the country, indeed in the world. We recommend visiting Selvogur a short drive from Krysuvik. The charming little church there, Strandakirkja, has been central in Icelandic seamen’s prayers for centuries and the area of Selvogur offers some of greatest waves. The southwest tip of the peninsula, Reykjanesta, is another prime example. The waves may reach as high as 20-30 meters.
There is much fishing fishing around the peninsula, the fishing villages being mainly located on the north side, i.e. Keflavik, Sandgerdi, Gardur and Vogar. Grindavik, however, is located in the far south of the peninsula.
Near Keflavik, slightly east, is the Midnesheidi heath, where the international airport, Leifsstod (often colloquially none as Keflavikurflugvollur or ‘Keflavik Airport’). The US army formerly has a base there, as established by a highly controversial treaty with the Icelandic government in 1951, and the base came to be a kind of village in its own right. The army left in 2006 and abandoned the base.
Towards the south of the peninsula, the geothermal spa Blaa Lonid is operated. Its recreational waters are world renowned and said to help people with skin diseases. An ideal place for a relaxing bath.
Grindavik is a fishing village on the south side of the Reykjanes peninsula.
The village has one of the most active fishing industries in the country. The Natural Resources and Culture House in Grindavik features exhibitions on the history of the salt fish working in the country and on geothermal activity.
Starting time : 08:30
Admission to the Blue Lagoon spa (must be purchased in advance)
Clothing and outerwear suited to chilly or rainy weather
Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking
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.
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.