You start the day with an extensive geological exploration of the Reykjanes Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark with diverse volcanic and geothermal activity. Among highlights are boiling mud pools of Gunnuhver and Seltún, colorful lava fields and volcanic craters. Our guide will explain the geological forces behind a landscape of this caliber. To top an eventful day you end the tour with a long and relaxing visit to The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, a must stop for all guests of Iceland.
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.
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland, 9,1 km², as well as one of Iceland's deepest lakes, reaching a depth of 97 meters. It lies on the fizzure sone of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Kleifarvatn is is located in the southern part of Reykjanes, near the Krysuvik geothermal area and another geothermal area to the east. Following an earthquake in 2000 the lake started receding but has now recovered. However, steam may still be seen rising by the lake's border. The steam comes from hot springs that were revealed during the earthquake.
The crime novel Kleifarvatn by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason was named after this lake.