Reykjanes Peninsula Super Jeep Tour | Lakes, Craters and Lava Fields
Jump aboard this Super Jeep adventure to explore the incredible geological wonders and awe-inspiring sights of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Look no further if you seek to immerse yourself in Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes.
You’ll be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation at 08:00 AM in a Super Jeep. Not only do the limited number of seats in the vehicle ensure that your tour will be as comfortable and personal as possible, but its all-terrain capabilities mean that you can reach places that big tour buses cannot.
The first stop is Kleifarvatn, the largest and deepest lake on the peninsula, surrounded by black sand shores and incredible, volcanic peaks. This lake gained its fame in 2000 when a series of earthquakes opened the earth beneath it and drained much of the waters away. It has mostly refilled now, but evidence of the fissure below is still evident; parts of the lake bubble with the geothermal activity that continues beneath the surface.
You’ll continue your journey to the beautiful hot spring area of Seltún. This area has many churning mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and the elements rising from the ground have stained the surrounding earth with vivid colours.
The next stop is Grænavatn, the Green Lake. The waters here shimmer a gorgeous emerald, caused by the thermal algae, and the sunlight-absorbing crystals that exist within it. After that, you will see two picturesque scoria craters, Stóra Eldborg and Litla Eldborg, which illustrate the raw volcanism of the region.
The journey then proceeds to one of Iceland’s best-known bird-watching cliffs, Krýsuvíkurberg. Throughout summer, this dramatic place is a home to more than 60,000 birds. Most of these are gulls, guillemots, razorbills, and fulmars, but puffins also nest in the area.
The next location, Gunnuhver, is another enchanting geothermal area. It is home to the largest mud pot in Iceland, the steam from which can be seen from miles away. The area also has a haunting back story, said to be the place where the evil spirit Guðrun was trapped after spending years haunting Reykjanes.
The tour continues through magnificent lava fields, mountains, and volcanoes until you reach the Leifur Eiríksson Bridge. You will have the opportunity to walk over this footbridge, which crosses the fissure between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. This rift valley runs right along the peninsula before crossing the rest of the country.
Finally, you’ll visit Sogin, another fascinating geothermal area. The colouration of this part of the peninsula is so vivid and diverse, it seems painted; verdant green moss grows over yellow and red rock, and the area is dotted with mud pools, vents and shallow craters.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the lunar landscapes and geological marvels of the Reykjanes peninsula. Reserve your space on the Super Jeep. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 12 hours
- Activities: Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Bird watching
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
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.
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.
Starting time : 08:00
Complimentary pick-up and drop-off
Round trip transportation
Hot drinks on board
Free Wi-fi on board
What to bring:
Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking
Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather
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.