Reykjanes Tour in Small Group | Optional drop off at the Blue Lagoon or Keflavik airport
Reykjanes is Iceland's shiny gem also included in UNESCO Global Geopark. If you are looking for less-popular sights to visit, without losing anything on the beauty of Iceland - this is THE tour for you. Hidden in plain sight, the peninsula offers plenty of geothermal energy, seismic activity, and tectonic wonders.
The tour starts as soon as we reach Kleifarvatn and Graenavatn. Get your cameras and phones ready and try your best capturing these beautiful lakes on a photo. Have we mentioned there are rumours of odd creatures hiding in their depths?
Marvel at multi-colored hills of Krysuvik, before we continue our way to Gunnuhver - a geothermal area of mud pools and - a ghost! Gunna (who gives her name to this place) is rumoured to be pacing around the rim of one of the fumaroles, after being tricked by an enchanted rope. But it might be hard to spot her as the steam coming from the hole is quite thick - just as if it's trying its best to conceal something...
If you are interested in wildlife, you will have the chance to observe many different types of birds on the cliffs of Valahnukur. If not you will love to stand close to Iceland’s most popular lighthouse - Reykjanesviti.
This tour can be perfect for your last day as it combines relatively unexplored part of Iceland with transfers to either the international airport or the Blue Lagoon. You can also stay on the bus and we will drive you back to Reykjavik!
Drop off at KEF airport is suitable for when your departure flight time is at 4:00 PM and later.
If you want to visit the Blue Lagoon, you need to book the entry by yourself, we recommend to book for 3:00 PM, the earliest. Make your reservation well in advance. You will have to take the bus back to Reykjavik by yourself, but there are regular buses and you can pay the fare on the bus.
- Available: Oct. - Apr.
- Duration: 6 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Bird watching
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English
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.
Valahnukur is a mountain in the beautiful Thorsmork valley in South Iceland.
Valahnukur is a popular hiking trail, as it offers a magnificent view of the area, which is one of Iceland's most beloved attractions.
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.
Gunnuhver is a collective name for an impressive and colourful geothermal field of various mud pools and fumaroles in the southwest part of Reykjanes.
The area is said to be haunted by the ghost of Gudrun Onundardottir, 'Gunna', said to have been tricked into holding an enchanted knotted-rope that pulled her over the field and into one of the fumaroles, resulting in her death.
Starting time : 08:30
Pick-up & drop-off at hotels or designated bus stops in Reykjavik downtown
Travelling in small group (4 - 19 passengers)
Experienced Driver Guide
Entrance to the Blue lagoon
What to bring:
Outdoor clothes, preferably wind and waterproof, solid shoes. You can bring your own refreshments or purchase them on lunch and coffee stops during the trip