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Geothermal Wonders in Reykjanes

Tours near Reykjavik - hot springs and the Blue Lagoon

Reykjanes Peninsula provides epic and dramatic landscapes galore. The diverse terrain is inspirational with an seemingly endless array of shapes rising from the green-grey moss-capped lava fields. Check below for tours of this surreal paradise of hidden treasures.

Reykjanes Sightseeing Tours

See the amazing sights on the Reykjanes Peninsula...

Airport & Blue Lagoon Tours

Airport shuttles to Reykjavik with or without a stop at the Blue Lagoon.. A stop at the Blue Lagoon is the perfect way to relax before or after a long flight. We also offer day tours to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon is a must-do for everyone visiting Iceland!

Caving Tours

Join us on fascinating caving tours on the Reykjanes Peninsula, including the famous Thrihnukagigur Volcano cave.

Reykjanes Peninsula

The Reykjanes Peninsula (sometimes referred to as the Southern Peninsula) lies in southwest Iceland. This is where everyone lands when traveling to Iceland by international flights. The peninsula is the home to Keflavík International Airport as well as Iceland’s most famous tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon.

The Reykjanes Peninsula is one of the most undervalued locations in Iceland. Many visitors drive straight from the airport to Reykjavík without stopping to explore this incredibly interesting landscape.

After reading our short guide, you will soon understand why this is a big mistake. The Reykjanes Peninsula has some mesmerizing hidden gems to show you. They are no less astonishing than the most-visited highlights on the Golden Circle or the fabled south coast.

Geology and Natural Attractions on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The scenery in Reykjanes is characterized by tremendous lava fields, stunning volcanoes, and strong geothermal activity. The landscape is totally otherworldly. There are no grassy meadows, but rather endless, rough, moss-covered lava fields. The coasts are wild with pitch black volcanic sea stacks and hair-raising cliffs besieged by the violent waves of the North Atlantic Ocean.

There are age-old volcanic craters and thrilling fissures in the ground. The steaming geothermal fields and boiling mud pots enchant the human mind. The peninsula lies on the same plate boundaries along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge as the famous Thingvellir National Park. This is the boundary between two continents, where the North American plate and the Eurasian plate drift slowly but steadily apart, allowing Iceland’s land area to grow 2 cm (0.8 in) per year.

Volcaic landscape on the Reykjanes peninsula

Volcaic landscape on the Reykjanes peninsula

The Reykjanes Peninsula has an active volcanic system under its surface. The last volcanic eruptions on Reykjanes began around 1000 AD, lasting for 250 years. No eruptions have been recorded over the last 500 years. While there are currently no erupting volcanoes in the area, the geothermal activity remains very intense. There are frequent earthquakes due to the movement of the tectonic plates but are commonly minor events that can hardly be felt by humans.

Places to Visit on the Reykjanes Peninsula

The Bridge Between the Continents

On the western end of the peninsula, there is a bridge over a fissure between the two tectonic plates. You can walk along the “Bridge Between Continents” and can even go down into the fissure to stand between the two tectonic plates.

The Bridge Between The Continents

The Bridge Between The Continents. Photo: Visit Reykjanes

Gunnuhver Geothermal Field

One of the most awe-inspiring sites on Reykjanes is Gunnuhver. This site lies on restless ground, a large geothermal area where Iceland’s largest hot mud pool is found. The pool produces an enormous quantity of steam that is visible from many kilometers away as it rises high into the air. This highly-active geothermal area consists of countless hot springs, steam vents, and furious fumaroles surrounded by impressive, colorful rocks and mineral-painted ground.

Gunnuhver Geothermal Field

Gunnuhver Geothermal Field. Photo: Visit Reykjanes

The Reykjanesvíti Lighthouse

Only 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from Gunnuhver stands Iceland’s oldest lighthouse. Reykjanesvíti is 31-meter (102 feet) tall. The lighthouse was built in 1878 but was severely damaged in a major earthquake in 1905. The Reykjanes Lighthouse was then rebuilt in 1929 at a safer location. According to a 2017 survey, the Reykjanes lighthouse is Icelanders’ favorite lighthouse.

Reykjanes Lighthouse with the steams of the Gunnuvher Geothermal Field

Reykjanes Lighthouse with the steams of the Gunnuvher Geothermal Field

Valahnúkur Beach

A few hundred meters from the lighthouse lies a dramatic, rocky beach at the foot of a scenic mountain. Thrilling sea stacks and massive boulders lie everywhere. Cracks stretch in the ground as if it could open up under our feet any time. With the impressive Eldey Island in the distance, this stunning beach is the perfect location to watch the sunset.

Valahnúkur beach on Reykjanes

Valahnúkur beach on Reykjanes

The Brímketill Lava Rock Pool

Brímketill is an interesting naturally shaped lava rock formation. It resembles a lovely man-made swimming pool. It is not to be mistaken with the natural geothermal pools that is Iceland so famous for, though. Brímketil lies in the sea and therefore it is filled with dangerously cold seawater. Never attempt to swim here since giant ocean waves can fall upon it with huge force. If you happen to visit during high tide, you will experience the immense power of the ocean as it blasts onto the rocks.

Brímketill Lava Rock Pool

Brímketill Lava Rock Pool

The Seltún Geothermal Area - Krýsuvík

Seltún is a beautiful colorful geothermal area. Many spectacular features coming from the high geothermal activity in the area. Bubbling mud pots in various sizes, intensely boiling hot springs, all kinds of colorful minerals, steaming fumaroles, and solfataras filling the air with smelly gases. There is a trail leading through the geothermal field. It continues up a hill to provide an amazing view over the whole area. Amazing scenery of picturesque crater lakes, scenic mountains, and rough lava fields make the climb worthwhile.

Kleifarvatn Lake

The largest lake on Reykjanes is beautiful Kleifarvatn. With its 97-meter (318 feet) depth, Kleifarvatn is also one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. The facts that no rivers run to or from it makes Kleifarvatn even more interesting. The water supposedly comes and leaves the lake underground. After two major earthquakes in the year 2000, a fissure opened up under the lake. It caused a large quantity of water to disappear. The fissure has since refilled and the lake has remained a unique place for divers as some geothermal activity is detected at the bottom.

As for the eyes, thanks to its violent geological history, a completely lunar landscape surrounds the lake. Steep mountains and red-brown volcanic rock formations make you feel as if you were on Mars.

Kleifarvatn lake

Kleifarvatn lake. Photo: Visit Reykjanes

The Blue Lagoon

The famous Blue Lagoon is also located on Reykjanes, in the middle of a vast lava field. This unique site has been listed among the 25 wonders of the world by the National Geographic. The Blue Lagoon is a world-class geothermal spa. The unique milky-blue color of the lagoon comes from the silica and rare types of algae that thrive in the water. The temperature of the water is around 37 to 39°C (98 to 102°F), making it perfect for bathing all year round. The water at the Blue Lagoon has been proven to be good for the skin and has other healing effects.

Bathing in the Blue Lagoon is a truly unique experience

Bathing in the Blue Lagoon is a truly unique experience

Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark

In the year 2015, Reykjanes was added to the list of the most remarkable geological sites on planet Earth. Currently, there are approximately 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries around the world. Two Icelandic geoparks have been included in the list: Katla Geopark and Reykjanes Geopark.

UNESCO Global Geoparks are unique geographical areas with great international geological significance. They are beautiful and valuable examples of the Earth’s amazing geodiversity. These geoparks together tell the whole 4,600 million year history of our planet and of the geological events that formed it. The fact that Reykjanes has a place on this list is an essential reason for visiting it!

Reykjanes Self-Drive Tour

Multi-Day Self-Drive Tours. If you have four to six days in Iceland, either the Five-Day Self-Drive Tour or the Four-Day Self-Drive Tour is for you. You will receive a detailed itinerary, map, and a self-drive handbook. This self-drive tour package is optimized for the best possible experience, visiting all the best highlights on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The package includes your accommodation for 4 or 5 nights with breakfast, a rental car with all basic insurances and a glacier hike.

If you have more time to spend in Iceland, you can travel around the whole country, including the Reykjanes peninsula. This organized Nine-Day Self-Drive Tour package includes your accommodation with breakfast, a rental car with all basic insurances, a glacier hike and a whale watching tour.

It is very easy to navigate around the Reykjanes Peninsula. Take the Route 41 from Reykjavík, the same road that leads you to Keflavik International Airport. Follow the road around the peninsula and stop whenever you see a natural attraction sign. You can also follow our map.

Map of the Reykjanes peninsula

Map of the Reykjanes peninsula

Tours to the Reykjanes Peninsula

Multi-Day tours. If you opt for a guided multi-day tour, you just pick the preferred duration and sit back, we will take care of everything else. You won’t have to bother with navigating in unfamiliar places. Your focus can be on the beauty all around you rather than driving.

Guided Day Tours. This all day long tour will take you to traverse the rugged landscape of the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark.

Airport Shuttle and Blue Lagoon Transfers. You can book your airport shuttle and Blue Lagoon transfer through our site. You are even offered the opportunity to combine your Blue Lagoon experience with lava caving.

Inside the Volcano. One of the most memorable experiences that you can have in Iceland is a descent into the chamber of a volcano. Iceland, in fact, is the only place on Earth where you can do so. Do not worry, this is perfectly safe since this volcano has been dormant for thousands of years. There are no words for the view that awaits you inside its chamber.

Lava Caving. Some impressive lava tunnels are located on the peninsula, close to Reykjavík. Explore the 900-meter (2950 feet) long underground volcanic wonderland!

The Northern Lights: The Reykjanes Peninsula is a perfect location for aurora hunting. The light pollution outside of the towns is around zero. You have the best chance to see the Northern Lights in this area.

Northern Lights over the Reykjanes Peninsula
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