The Wonders of Reykjanes
Hot springs, lava fields
Two geothermal sites
Bridge Between the Continents
Little bit of everything
Volcanos and lava fields
Bubbling hot springs
Reykjanesviti Light House
Blue Lagoon spa
Breathtaking Lake Kleifarvatn
Most powerful steam
crater in Iceland
Extended Reykjanes Peninsula Day Tour
The Extended Reykjanes Peninsula tour offers extreme variety of landscapes dotted with fissures, mud pots, lava fields old small villages, lighthouses and geothermal activity.
I will pick you up at your Hotel or Guesthouse and we will start our jurney to Álftanes, “Bessastaðir”.
Bessastaðir is today the official residence of the President of Iceland. After the slaying of Snorri Sturluson in September 1241, Bessastaðir was claimed by the King of Norway. Thereafter it became a Royal stronghold and the dwellings of the King’s highest-ranking officers and officials in Iceland. It resisted an attack by Turkish slave raiders in July 1627. In the late 18th century Bessastaðir was changed into a school for a few years and until 1944 when it was donated to the President it was a common farm. The location is named after Sigurður Jónasson Bessastaðir who bought the estate in 1940 and donated it in 1941. From Bessastaðir we will drive through the village Hafnarfjörður, to the highway. We will not stay on the highway cause we will take the old road along the see in Vatnsleysuströnd witch will lead us to the small village of Vogar. From there we will go on the Highway witch will lead us to Reykjanesbær
Reykjanesbær is made up of the townsKeflavík, Njarðvík, the village of Hafnir and, since 2006, Ásbrú. The municipality was created in 1995 when the inhabitants of the three towns voted to merge them into one. Reykjanesbær is the fifth largest municipality in Iceland and has a population of 14,231 (1 January 2013). Since May 2009 the township of Njarðvík has been the location of the Viking World museum, if you like you can pop in there for a small entrance fee (not included). In 2006, when the United States Navy closed Naval Air Station Keflavik, the site was taken over by the development agency Kadeco, and renamed Ásbrú. A university, Keilir, was founded and now Ásbrú houses the campuses of various educational institutions and also businesses, both newly founded and relocated to the site of the air base.
After a drive through we reach the village and Lighthouse Garður: Sveitarfélagið Garður is a municipality and town located in southwestern Iceland, bordered by the Faxaflói Bay on theReykjanes peninsula. As of January 2011, Garður had a totalpopulation of 1,452. The town Gardur, which means garden or yard, was named after one of the many earthen walls once erected on the boundaries between local properties The rich fishing grounds by the shore remain the town’s economic base. A great deal of fishing was carried out here in earlier centuries, and there are relics to be found along the shore. Garður remains a strong fishing center with fish processing firms. The Garður Peninsula Historical Museum (Byggðasafn Garðskaga), which is located at the peninsula, tells the story of the fishermen and the history of the people who lived and worked in the community. Garður is also known for its lighthouses. The old Garðskagi Lighthouse was built in 1897 and was used until recently as a centre for studying the thousands of migrating birds which arrive there from Greenland and North America every year to breed on the surrounding shore. Garður is the home of the popular indie band Of Monsters and Men The charming red and white Garðskagaviti lighthouse near Keflavik is Ideland’s tallest.Built in1944, the lighthouse was a gift fromAmerican servicemen grateful for being rescued from a sinking U.S. Coast Guard vessel.
Garðskagaviti Lighthouse: You can climb all the way to the top of the lighthouse for an amazing 360-degree view. But no matter the time of year, you’re bound to be met with a strong wind blowing in off the ocean – pleasant in the summer but a big chilly in the winter. But even in the winter, the endless panoramic view from the lighthouse, as well as the stately lighthouse itself, makes it more than worth a visit.
We will continue our drive along the coast to another village called “Sandgerði”. Sandgerðisbær (formerly Miðneshreppur) is an Icelandic municipality located in southwestern Iceland on the Reykjanespeninsula. The Saveland area of Sandgerðisbær is 62 km² (23.9 sq mi) and covers the entire western coast of Miðnes (Rosmhvalanes) north fromGarðskagi to Ósabotnar in the south. Inland the land area of Sandgerðisbær streches into the international airport atKeflavíkurflugvöllur (Leifsstöð) with the air terminal within the municipal boundaries. As of January 2011, Sandgerðisbær had a population of 1,683 and was the 26th most populated municipality in Iceland
We continue our drive along the coast line to one of our smalest villages in Iceland called “Hafnir” Hafnir is a village in the south-westernIceland. It is situated in the Reykjanes peninsula and has 109 inhabitants (as of 2011). In 1995 it merged with Njarðvík and Keflavík to form a municipality called Reykjanesbær with a population of 13,971 (January 2011). A cabin in Hafnir abandoned between 770 and 880 provides the earliest known archaeological evidence of settlement in Iceland
We carry on our journey proceeds through lava fields onwards to Sandvík where two of the earth‘s tectonic plate split. At Sandvík you will get the opportunity to walk over a symbolic footbridge which crosses a fissure which provides clear evidence of the rift between the European and the North American tectonic plates.
From there we head towards the coast again for the lighthouse of Reykjanesviti.
Reykjanesviti is Iceland‘s oldest lighthouse. It serves as a landfall light for Reykjavík andKeflavík.. The tower is a 31 metres (102 ft) tall construction, situated on the southwestern edge of the Reykjanes peninsula. The original structure was built in 1878; just eight years later the building was destroyed by an earthquake. In 1929 the current Reykjanesviti lighthouse, a concrete construction yet with traditional looks, was illuminated. Its focal plane measures 73 metres above sea level.
If the weather permitting you can glimpse at the island of Eldey, which rises from ocean, and witnes the foamy waves beating up on the dark rocks. Close by is the country‘s largest mud pool, Gunnuhver, which will be our next stop
Gunnuhver, Geothermal area:
The mud pools and steam vents on the southwest part of Reykjanes close to Reykjanes lighthouse are collectively named Gunnuhver after a female ghost that was laid there. She had caused great disturbance until a priest set a trap for her and she fell into the spring. This happend about 400 years ago
Iceland´s larges mud pool at present prominent, highest up in the Gunnuhver group. It is 20 meters wide across a rim of mud, boiling vigorously.
Two ramps are located at the Gunnuhver group, on close to Gunnuhver itself where you can look down to the spring and hear the vigorous noice, see the boiling water and feel lthe power bursting from the ground and the steam on your face. The other ramp is located on Kísilhól a silica hill. From there you have a good view over Gunnuhver group and suroundings. Gunnuhver is the heart in a future geopark where the North Atlantic ridge is rising from the ocean.
The area offers unique colours which will not disappoint the photographer
The Blue Lagoon (Icelandic: Bláa lónið)geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland.
The warm waters are rich in minerals likesilica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such aspsoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every 2 days. Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.
Iceland has a strict code of hygiene and guests are required to shower before and after bathing.
The Blue Lagoon was used as the pit stop for the first leg of The Amazing Race 6. The Blue Lagoon was used for the thermal spa scenes in the filming of Hostel: Part II. It was also shown in the Incubus documentary Look Alive, when the band visited Iceland. It was also shown in fifth cycle of Britain’s Next Top Model which used as photo-shoot location.
The Blue Lagoon is situated close to the world’s first renewable methanol plant, which uses Carbon Recycling International‘s carbon dioxide to methanol fuel process.
If you like, we can stop there for you to take a bath (Ticket not included) and have a stopover for 2 hours or so.
We will continue our journey and drive through the village Grindavík and the lava field Ögmundarhraun to the great cliffs of “Krísuvíkurbjarg” (That is, if it’s possible).
On the Krýsuvíkurbjarg cliffs, thousands of seabirds nest each summer. The most common are guillemot, razorbill,Brünnich’s guillemot, kittiwake, puffin, black guillemot, fulmar and cormorant. Krýsuvíkurberg is 50 metres high, and about 57.000 pairs of seabirds nest on these cliffs. The highest point of Hafnaberg is 43 metres, and its estimated population of seabirds is 6.000 pairs. Fourteen kilometres off the southwest of the peninsula is Eldey island, home to one of the largest gannet colonies in the world
As we continue our journey along Ögmundarhraun we go to the lava field and Krísuvík (Seltún)
The geothermal area Krýsuvík is situated on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. It is in the south of Reykjanes in the middle of the fissurezone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which traverses Iceland
Krýsuvík consists of several geothermal fields, such as Seltún. Here solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs have formed, the soil is coloured. Sulphuric water and gases have created colorful deposits, the soil is colored in green, yellow and red colors. Visitors can wonder at hissing solfataras, fumaroles and boiling mud pots, where the soil is mixed with acid.
. Sulphur deposits were mined in 1722 – 1728 and in the 19th century. German scientist Robert Bunsen visited the site in 1845 and, based on research there, proposed a hypothesis on formation of sulphuric acid in nature.
Near the geothermal fields are several maars – craters created by the explosions of overheated groundwater. The unusual green-blue Grænavatn lake has formed in one of these maars. Testboreholes were made here in the early 1970s, some of the boreholes have turned into irregular, artificial geysers, one of which exploded in 1999, leaving a crater.
Krýsuvík is a popular hiking area and tourism infrastructure – such as wooden pathways – has been developed.
Wooden pathways have been built for tourists – it happens that land movements may damage the pathways here and there, but diligent Icelanders soon repair them. Come and see this beauty – most likely you won’t stand on the pathway in the moment when a new maar is born with a spectacular explosion.
This place is dangerous – but beautiful and amazing (Eye candy for photographers).
On our way back home we will pass Kleifarvatn:
Kleifarvatn is the biggest lake in this area. It began to diminish after a big earthquake in 2000; 20% of its surface has since disappeared. In this area there were some farms until the 19th century, after which they were abandoned. Only a small chapel, Krísuvíkurkirkja, built in 1857, remained, until it burned to the ground on January 2, 2010
After a drive through Kleifarvatn and a lava field Kapelluhraun witch came around 1150 A.D. we head home to our Hotel or Guesthouses with some beautiful pictures and great memories.
If you want to stop on the way to take pictures. Then we stop with a smile.
3rd person is free
Min 2 – Max 3 persons
440 USD per person
In Reykjavík / Reykjanes from hotel or guesthouse around 8:00
Meals, Entrance fees
Lunch can be bought on the way.
6 – 8 hours.
All dates all year round
Short, easy walks on the sites visited. Recommended to dress warm because the weather in Iceland can change in the matter of minutes. Bring your swimwear and towel if you want to swim in Blue Lagoon or Brimketill