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Discover the Volcanic Landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes is a peninsula in Southwest Iceland, close to the Capital Region and known for its dramatic volcanic landscapes. The rugged region is home to the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, one of the most-visited sites in Iceland. The Reykjanes peninsula is also home to the Kleifarvatn lake and the powerful geothermal vents at Gunnuhver. 

The peninsula is the starting point for most trips to Iceland, as Keflavik International Airport is situated here. Many travelers choose to start or end their Icelandic adventures with Reykjanes tours on their way to or from the airport. 

Tours in Reykjanes offer captivating journeys through Iceland's Southwestern peninsula. The region is known for its unique blend of natural wonders and cultural experiences. Visitors can explore the dramatic landscapes shaped by volcanic activity, including the Fagradalsfjall volcano, which erupted in 2021, 2022, and 2023, along with the eruption sites of the Sundhnukagigar and Hagafell volcanos by Grindavik.

With its unique blend of natural beauty and modern accessibility, Reykjanes is a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic Icelandic experience. Whether you're interested in relaxing in a geothermal pool or learning more about Iceland's volcanic history and geology, Reykjanes tours offer a diverse range of experiences for travelers.

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What is the best Reykjanes tour in Iceland?

The top-rated Reykjanes Peninsula tour is this six-hour Inside the Volcano tour that takes you down into the Thrihnukagigur volcano's chamber. The tour has an average rating of 4.8 stars from over 320 reviews and costs about 359 USD per person.
Another excellent tour in Reykjanes is a two-hour horseriding tour. You'll ride through beautiful lava fields on a friendly Icelandic horse, enjoy magnificent views, and learn about local history from an expert guide. It has a 4.8-star rating from over 80 reviews and costs roughly 138 USD per person.
Alternatively, take to the skies and see the stunning 2024 Sundhnukagigar eruptions by Grindavik and the surrounding area with an exciting helicopter tour to the volcano area. This thrilling excursion has an average rating of 4.6 stars from more than 80 reviews.

What is the cheapest Reykjanes tour?

The cheapest Reykjanes tour is this one-hour tour of the Raufarholshellir lava tubes. It costs roughly 62 USD per person and averages 4.7 stars from more than 60 reviews.
The cheapest tour that visits various Reykjanes attractions is this small-group six-hour Reykjanes tour, which costs about 124 USD per person and has an average rating of 4.5 stars from 10+ reviews. You'll see beautiful lakes, dramatic geothermal areas, and the spectacular Atlantic coastline.
For more outdoor adventures, you'll love this affordable horse riding tour, which includes sightseeing on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It costs approximately 150 USD per person and has an average rating of 4.8 stars from more than 80 reviews.

Are Reykanes tours worth it?

Reykjanes tours are definitely worth it. They provide the opportunity to explore a unique and diverse range of attractions, including volcanic craters, lava fields, geothermal wonders, stunning landscapes, and cultural experiences, making for a memorable and enriching adventure in Iceland.

Where is the Reykjanes peninsula located in Iceland?

The Reykjanes peninsula is located in Southwest Iceland, about 28 miles (roughly 45 kilometers) from Reykjavik. The region is known for its diverse geological features, including mossy lava fields, volcanic craters, geothermal areas, and rugged coastline.

What are the main attractions on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland?

The Reykjanes Peninsula is home to several fantastic attractions, including the world-famous Blue Lagoon, the new eruption site of the Sundhnukagigar craters, the beautiful Fagradalsfjall volcano, and the Litli-Hrutur volcano.
Other popular sights include the Bridge Between Continents, the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, the Brimketill lava rock pool, and the beautiful Kleifarvatn lake. Towns in the Reykjanes Peninsula include Grindavik and Keflavik, home to Iceland's only international airport.

Can I visit the volcanic eruptions on the Reykjanes peninsula?

Right now, the area around the Sundhnukagigar volcano is closed off to the public for safety reasons. With the ongoing volcanic eruptions, there are many risks in the area, and new fissures may open.
In previous eruptions in the vicinity, hiking paths were established to the eruption sites. It remains to be seen if this will be possible for the Sundhnukagigar craters in the future.
For now, you can only see the eruption sites with helicopter tours, allowing you to witness the stunning aftermath of the volcanos from a bird's eye view.

What are some fun museums to visit on the Reykjanes Peninsula?

The best museums on the Reykjanes Peninsula include the Viking World Museum in the town of Njardvik and the Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll in Keflavik. You can book entry to the Rock 'n' Roll Museum beforehand if you like. If you're traveling with kids, the Giantess in the Cave by the harbor in Keflavik is also worth visiting, which features a large-scale puppet of a sleeping troll inside a natural cave.

How long do Reykjanes tours typically last?

Tours of the Reykjanes Peninsula can vary in length, with half-day tours typically lasting around four to six hours and full-day tours lasting eight to 10 hours.
The Reykjanes Peninsula is a popular region to explore from above on helicopter tours because of its relative proximity to Reykjavik Airport. Helicopter tours over Reykjanes usually last 1 to 2 hours.
It's also the only way to see some attractions on the peninsula, like the aftermath of the recent Sundhnukagigar eruption. Make sure to book your volcano helicopter tour with good notice!

Can I go directly to the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik Airport?

Yes, you can book a Blue Lagoon transfer from Keflavik Airport. Many people like to start their trip to Iceland by visiting the Blue Lagoon, as it's a great way to unwind after a long flight. When you're done, you can book a transfer to Reykjavik or explore more of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Can I visit the Blue Lagoon on a Reykjanes tour?

Many Reykjanes tours include a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a world-famous geothermal spa known for its mineral-rich waters and the magical setting amidst lava fields. If a visit is not part of your tour, you can book admission to the Blue Lagoon and go on your own after the tour.

Can I combine a visit to the Reykjanes Peninsula with other popular Icelandic destinations?

Yes, the Reykjanes Peninsula is often included in broader itineraries that may also cover the Golden Circle, South Coast, or other iconic Icelandic regions.

When did Fagradalsfjall volcano on Reykjanes peninsula last erupt?

After thousands of earthquakes were detected in the area, the Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption began on March 19, 2021, and lasted for seven months. Just ten months later, on August 3, 2022, the volcano started erupting again, and that lasted for about one month.
On July 10, 2023, another eruption started in the vicinity, this time at Mt. Litli-Hrutur. This eruption lasted nearly a month.
Later the same year, on December 18th, a new eruption began by the Sundhnukagigar crater row, just on the edge of Grindavik. It was followed by more in 2024 and a close-by eruption by the Hagafell mountain.
The series of seven eruptions over four consecutive years marks the first volcanic activity on the Reykjanes peninsula in over 800 years. Right now, you can only visit the eruption sites with this amazing volcano helicopter tour.

Are there any wildlife spotting opportunities on Reykjanes tours?

Wildlife isn't usually the main focus of Reykjanes tours, but you may have the opportunity to spot various bird species, including seabirds such as whimbrels, oystercatchers, golden plovers, guillemots, and kittiwakes, particularly along the coastal areas. For dedicated wildlife viewing, consider booking a whale watching or puffin tour from Reykjavik.

What is the best time of year to visit the Reykjanes Peninsula?

The Reykjanes Peninsula can be visited year-round. Summer offers milder weather, while winter provides unique opportunities for northern lights viewing.

Can I go hiking on the Reykjanes Peninsula?

Yes, there are various hiking trails around the Reykjanes Peninsula. Hiking tours let you visit the area with an expert local guide, making the most of the experience.

Is it possible to visit the Reykjanes Peninsula on a budget?

Yes, there are various budget tours that let you explore the Reykjanes Peninsula for a low cost. You could also hire a car and take a self-drive tour of Iceland, visiting your preferred attractions at your own pace.

Are there private Reykjanes tours?

Yes, some tour operators offer private tours of the Reykjanes Peninsula, allowing you to customize your itinerary and enjoy a more intimate experience.
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