Reykjanes Peninsula

Duration
• We take the time we need!
• Tour can vary from 4 - 10 hours.
Price
Vehicle for 1 - 8 people
Tour Rate = 100.000 ISK
Approximately 774 USD / 660 EUR / 564 GBP
Included
• English speaking driving guide.
• Taxi Vehicle, Fuel, Road & Parking fees.
Not Included
• Admission Tickets to Museums, Bathing Areas & Activity Tours.
Payment & Cancellation
• You pay at the end of the tour (Cash or Credit Card).
• You can cancel whenever and without cost.

Tour Details

The Reykjanes peninsula is located on a drift zone, between two continents, the North American Tectonic Plate and the Eurasian Tectonic Plate. It is a unique site where you can find different elements that exist because of the drift zone: Volcano, Hot Springs, Geothermal Energy, Lava Fields, and other natural phenomena.


Tour Highlights

Bridge Between Continents
The Bridge between two continents at Sandvík is a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides clear evidence of the presence of a diverging plate margin. The bridge was built as a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America.

Reykjanesviti
Reykjanesviti lighthouse on Reykjanes peninsula is an iconic historic structure. Few buildings in Iceland—or in the world—are as imposingly located. It was Iceland’s first lighthouse, and actually, there have been two versions of lighthouses with this name. The original one was built in 1878 but got severely damaged in a large earthquake that struck in 1887. The current version was built on safer ground in 1907 at Bæjarfell hill. Large steam clouds from geothermal fields at the bottom of the hill bring added drama to the surroundings.

Gunnuhver Hot Spring
The area is close to Reykjanes lighthouse and is 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 happened about 400 years ago.

Blue Lagoon
(Optional Bathing/Spa)

A wonderful geothermal spa and a natural wonder that is located in a lava field nearby the town of Grindavík. The water's milky blue shade is due to its high silica content, that forms soft white mud on the bottom of the lake. When the silica mud gets reflected in the daylight, then the water will appear blue because of an optical illusion. The bathing here is simply fabulous and great for your skin and health. As this place is also one of the most visited attraction in the whole country, it is essential to book your tickets and timeslots on the Blue Lagoons website well in advance.

Grindavik Shipwrecks
The Reykjanes coast is rugged and many ships have run aground on its rocky shore. Among the best known was the Jamestown, a sailing ship which drifted ashore in 1881, its load of precious timber providing building material for many houses in the area. The peninsula east of Grindavik has the remains of a steel-hulled vessel split in two parts by the force of the waves. It is a pity that there are not more signs erected to tell the story of these vessels and their crews. There is an information panel at Garðsskagi, which has a map of shipwreck sites and their dates. Visitors from countries whose ships were wrecked on this coast could be interested to learn more.

Volcano at Fagradalsfjall
(Optional Hike)

Fagradalsfjall’s much-anticipated eruption began on March 19th around 9.30 PM. Before this, Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula had undergone several weeks of constant tremors and earthquakes, leading to the assumption that volcanic activity was imminent. Seismographs recorded over 53,000 of these, and though most could not be felt, some reached 5.7 on the Richter scale and caused minor damage to buildings.

Fagradalsfjall was still a surprising location for the eruption to begin, as this volcano has been dormant for 6,000 years, a comparatively long time considering the most recent eruption on the peninsula 800 years ago.

The rift that initially opened was up to 700 meters long and covered one square kilometer. Thankfully, however, Fagradalsfjall is located in a sheltered, uninhabited valley, and though its magma chamber is deep, its lava flow is effusive rather than explosive. As such, it poses no current threat to infrastructure and is largely safe for people to visit.

Krísuvíkurbjarg Cliffs
Krísuvíkurbjarg is a high cliff rising from the sea. In summer time this cliff hosts bird species of many sorts and it's said to be the biggest bird cliff on the peninsula. On top you have a beautiful breathtaking view over the rocky beach and the wild loud waves smashing on the beach. For people loving the sea this is the place. You have to be careful though and for those of you that are afraid of heights you should not go too close to the edge. I recommend parking the car and then walk the little bit steep rough road (or drive it if you are driving a monster car) to be able to get the extra breathtaking view. Once you are up on the hill you can even hike a little bit further if you want to see the cool orange lighthouse up there.

Krýsuvík Hot Springs
Krýsuvík consists of several geothermal fields, such as Seltún. Here solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs have formed, the soil is coloured bright yellow, red, and green hues. 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.

Kleifarvatn Lake
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, situated in the southern part of the peninsula. It is located on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The lake has no visible water coming in or going out as most of its water comes and leaves underground. The lake can be reached via a track, and there are two areas with high temperature that can be found not far from it: Seltún/Krýsuvík and another to the east. The lake's greatest depth is 97 m. After the 2000 Iceland earthquakes, the lake began to diminish, and 20% of its surface has since disappeared.

Gunnuhver Geothermal Area seen from above. Have you been there? 🌋 
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📸: Photo by thrainnko
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All the conditions were perfect. There was a strong wind blowing away from us, the sky was clear and the volcano was super active. We could get super close to the flowing the lava, we could almost touch it. Everyone was enjoying the spectacle as if we were all sitting around a big bonfire. When the wind changed direction for a few seconds, you could really feel the heat burning on you face. ⁠
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The unreal colors of Reykjanes 🇮🇸 Gunnuhver is a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents on the southwest part of the Reykjanes Peninsula 💨
Grænavatn volcanic crater lake. A must-see when traveling around Reykjanes Peninsula 🌋
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Grænavatn is located next to Seltún geothermal area which is only 40 minutes away from Keflavík Airport. The color is due to a high level of sulphur in the water and its depth of 45 meters. 
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📸: h0rdur
Iceland blog is live! 📝

𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗼!

Last weekend we published our ‘𝗜𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆: 𝟭𝟬 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱’ blog post. The blog covers our 10 day van trip around Iceland’s Ring Road with a brief overview of all the incredible spots we visited. 🇮🇸

Feel free to have a read and let us know which spot looks the most fascinating to you. Would also love to know any spots we missed for the next time we visit Iceland! 😊

Gunnuhver Geothermal Area seen from above. Have you been there? 🌋 
•
📸: Photo by thrainnko
Just nature #iceland #islandia #krysuvik #seltun #reykjanespeninsula #reykjanes #visitreykjanes #visiticeland #postcardfromiceland #wheniniceland #trip #geothermal #breathtaking #myicelandtravel #colors #bluesky #somethingbeautiful
All the conditions were perfect. There was a strong wind blowing away from us, the sky was clear and the volcano was super active. We could get super close to the flowing the lava, we could almost touch it. Everyone was enjoying the spectacle as if we were all sitting around a big bonfire. When the wind changed direction for a few seconds, you could really feel the heat burning on you face. ⁠
⁠
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 MARK III⁠
M.ZUIKO 12-100MM F/4 PRO⁠
1/60 sec | f/4 | ISO400⁠
⁠
Shot on assignment for travelbase - nordicnomads⁠
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#volcano #volcanoeruption #fagradalsfjall #volcanoes #volcanic #yourshotphotographer #bbcearth #iceland #icelandscape #iceland🇮🇸 #beyondthelands_ #islandia #earthfocus #earthtones #exploretocreate #artofvisuals #nomadict #natgeonl  #OlympusMoments #BreakFreeWithOlympus
The unreal colors of Reykjanes 🇮🇸 Gunnuhver is a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents on the southwest part of the Reykjanes Peninsula 💨
Grænavatn volcanic crater lake. A must-see when traveling around Reykjanes Peninsula 🌋
.
Grænavatn is located next to Seltún geothermal area which is only 40 minutes away from Keflavík Airport. The color is due to a high level of sulphur in the water and its depth of 45 meters. 
.
📸: h0rdur
Iceland blog is live! 📝

𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗼!

Last weekend we published our ‘𝗜𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆: 𝟭𝟬 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱’ blog post. The blog covers our 10 day van trip around Iceland’s Ring Road with a brief overview of all the incredible spots we visited. 🇮🇸

Feel free to have a read and let us know which spot looks the most fascinating to you. Would also love to know any spots we missed for the next time we visit Iceland! 😊

Duration
• We take the time we need!
• Tour can vary from 4 - 10 hours.
Price
Vehicle for 1 - 8 people
Tour Rate = 100.000 ISK
Approximately 774 USD / 660 EUR / 564 GBP
Included
• English speaking driving guide.
• Taxi Vehicle, Fuel, Road & Parking fees.
Not Included
• Admission Tickets to Museums, Bathing Areas & Activity Tours.
Payment & Cancellation
• You pay at the end of the tour (Cash or Credit Card).
• You can cancel whenever and without cost.

Tour Details

The Reykjanes peninsula is located on a drift zone, between two continents, the North American Tectonic Plate and the Eurasian Tectonic Plate. It is a unique site where you can find different elements that exist because of the drift zone: Volcano, Hot Springs, Geothermal Energy, Lava Fields, and other natural phenomena.


Tour Highlights

Bridge Between Continents
The Bridge between two continents at Sandvík is a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides clear evidence of the presence of a diverging plate margin. The bridge was built as a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America.

Reykjanesviti
Reykjanesviti lighthouse on Reykjanes peninsula is an iconic historic structure. Few buildings in Iceland—or in the world—are as imposingly located. It was Iceland’s first lighthouse, and actually, there have been two versions of lighthouses with this name. The original one was built in 1878 but got severely damaged in a large earthquake that struck in 1887. The current version was built on safer ground in 1907 at Bæjarfell hill. Large steam clouds from geothermal fields at the bottom of the hill bring added drama to the surroundings.

Gunnuhver Hot Spring
The area is close to Reykjanes lighthouse and is 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 happened about 400 years ago.

Blue Lagoon
(Optional Bathing/Spa)

A wonderful geothermal spa and a natural wonder that is located in a lava field nearby the town of Grindavík. The water's milky blue shade is due to its high silica content, that forms soft white mud on the bottom of the lake. When the silica mud gets reflected in the daylight, then the water will appear blue because of an optical illusion. The bathing here is simply fabulous and great for your skin and health. As this place is also one of the most visited attraction in the whole country, it is essential to book your tickets and timeslots on the Blue Lagoons website well in advance.

Grindavik Shipwrecks
The Reykjanes coast is rugged and many ships have run aground on its rocky shore. Among the best known was the Jamestown, a sailing ship which drifted ashore in 1881, its load of precious timber providing building material for many houses in the area. The peninsula east of Grindavik has the remains of a steel-hulled vessel split in two parts by the force of the waves. It is a pity that there are not more signs erected to tell the story of these vessels and their crews. There is an information panel at Garðsskagi, which has a map of shipwreck sites and their dates. Visitors from countries whose ships were wrecked on this coast could be interested to learn more.

Volcano at Fagradalsfjall
(Optional Hike)

Fagradalsfjall’s much-anticipated eruption began on March 19th around 9.30 PM. Before this, Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula had undergone several weeks of constant tremors and earthquakes, leading to the assumption that volcanic activity was imminent. Seismographs recorded over 53,000 of these, and though most could not be felt, some reached 5.7 on the Richter scale and caused minor damage to buildings.

Fagradalsfjall was still a surprising location for the eruption to begin, as this volcano has been dormant for 6,000 years, a comparatively long time considering the most recent eruption on the peninsula 800 years ago.

The rift that initially opened was up to 700 meters long and covered one square kilometer. Thankfully, however, Fagradalsfjall is located in a sheltered, uninhabited valley, and though its magma chamber is deep, its lava flow is effusive rather than explosive. As such, it poses no current threat to infrastructure and is largely safe for people to visit.

Krísuvíkurbjarg Cliffs
Krísuvíkurbjarg is a high cliff rising from the sea. In summer time this cliff hosts bird species of many sorts and it's said to be the biggest bird cliff on the peninsula. On top you have a beautiful breathtaking view over the rocky beach and the wild loud waves smashing on the beach. For people loving the sea this is the place. You have to be careful though and for those of you that are afraid of heights you should not go too close to the edge. I recommend parking the car and then walk the little bit steep rough road (or drive it if you are driving a monster car) to be able to get the extra breathtaking view. Once you are up on the hill you can even hike a little bit further if you want to see the cool orange lighthouse up there.

Krýsuvík Hot Springs
Krýsuvík consists of several geothermal fields, such as Seltún. Here solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs have formed, the soil is coloured bright yellow, red, and green hues. 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.

Kleifarvatn Lake
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, situated in the southern part of the peninsula. It is located on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The lake has no visible water coming in or going out as most of its water comes and leaves underground. The lake can be reached via a track, and there are two areas with high temperature that can be found not far from it: Seltún/Krýsuvík and another to the east. The lake's greatest depth is 97 m. After the 2000 Iceland earthquakes, the lake began to diminish, and 20% of its surface has since disappeared.