The Past and the Present explored in a ECO friendly jeep
Ever since the settlement, Reykjanes Peninsula has been the home of many small fishing villages and outposts. During this daytour we will visit a modern fishing village as well as the ruins of an ancient one.
The tour starts in Reykjavik. We start by driving through the dramatic Bláfjallahraun lavafield. The cold water used in Reykjavik originates and is naturally filtered under this desert of lava.
(possible add-on a lavacave)
While driving through this lunar like landscape we find lake Kleifarvatn surrounded by lava cliffs and black sands and Krísuvík hotsprings with steamvents, colourful hotsprings and bubbling mudpools. We walk amongst these natural wonders to see, hear and SMELL them :)
About 30 minutes away we find the ruins of the 19th century fishing outpost of Selatangar. This place gives us a glimpse into the tough way of life back in the old days. It is hard for us modern people to imagine spending the cold winter months here in the lava and going out through the rough waves every day in open boats. Brrrrrrrr.
A nice Icelandic lunch awaits us in the modern fishing village of Grindavík where we see how the life of fishermen is today. ***
One of Iceland´s oldest lighthouses is located on the tip of Reykjanes Peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Here we also find the huge sea cliffs of Reykjanestá (the toe of Reykjanes), the large Gunnuhver hotspring and great birdlife. (depending on season)
The black sands of Sandvik cove and "The bridge between the continents" that bridges the gap created in the ground by the movement of the Tectonic plates are next in line before we start heading back through the lavafields to Reykjavik. Book now! Check availability by choosing a date!
*** Subject to seasonal availability
- Available: All year
- Duration: 7 hours
- Activities: Caving, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
- 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.
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.
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland, 9,1 km&³2;, 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 : Flexible
Pick up from your accommodation, expert guidance, eco friendly vehicle
Food and beverages
What to bring:
Warm clothes and your camera.
Good to know:
Dress for the worst and hope for the best