The Reykjanes Peninsula is a dramatic place filled with natural beuty, in the rugged inhospitable landscape you’ll find not only the gem which is the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most famous attraction set in the rough lava fields, but also other gorgeous and interesting sights all around, many of them close to active volcanoes.
Reykjanes Peninsula Extended
Garðskagi is one of the best places in Iceland for bird watchers, it’s a big breeding ground for sea birds, and migratory bird species often touch down first at Garðskagi. If nature allows it might also be possible to see seals, and maybe whales, from here. There are two lighthouses at Garðskagi, one tall and one tiny, add drama. There’s also a small folk museum, filled with a pleasing mishmash of fishing boats, birds’ eggs and sewing machines.
Sandgerði fishing village lies about five kilometres south of Garður and in Sandgerði you can visit the Sudurnes Science & Learning Center which has a fascinating exhibit about the polar explorer Jean-Batiste Charcot, whose ship Pourquois Pas wrecked near Sandgerði in 1936, where all but one perished. On display are original artefacts from the wreck and other memorabilia. Other displays include stuffed and jarred Icelandic creatures and a small aquarium.
The bridge between the continents was built over a fissure of one of the world’s major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge. The visible fissure provides a clear example of two plates moving apart from each other. The bridge was built to symbolise the connection between North America and Europe.
At Valahnjúkur the first lighthouse in Iceland was built in 1878. The lighthouse was then demolished with explosives in 1908 mainly due to damages done by earthquakes and surf damages to Valahnjúkur. In 1907-1908 a new lighthouse was built on a hill called Bæjarfell made from carved rock and concrete where it still stands. Valahnjúkur is a nesting area for the local birdlife. Of the shore is an Island called Eldey that was created in volcanic eruptions in 1226. Today Eldey is the home to one of the largest population of Northern Gannets in the world.
In the area of Valahnjúkur and Reykjanes lighthouse is an area of mudpools that are collectively named Gunnuhver. Gunnuhver is named after a female ghost that fell into the spring after a priest set a trap for her 400 years ago.
Close by, at Staðarberg is a lavarock formation shaped like a round pool called Brimketill and is one of Reykjanes most popular attraction. During the ages the surf has formed this pool when breaking on the lava coast. A woman troll called Oddný is said to have occupied the pool regularly and the pool was named after her, Oddnýjarlaug.
The next stop is one of Iceland´s most popular tourist attractions, The Blue Lagoon which is set in a lavafield called Illahraun, the lavafield was formed during eruptions in 1226. Bathing in the Blue Lagoon is very relaxing and refreshing. The tour stops at the Blue Lagoon for some well deserved downtime. The Blue Lagoon also offers a world class restaurant, the LAVA Restaurant. The restaurant has a international perspective on food preparations and service. Due to the Blue Lagoon being very popular and busy prebooking tickets is necessary, you can book the tickets at the Blue Lagoon Website
After the a bath in the lagoon we drive to the geothermal area of Krýsuvík. The area is Seltún a geothermal field where the soil is coloured bright yellow, red, and green hues. Near the geothermal area are a few shallow, flat-floored craters made from the explosions of overheated groundwater. Grænavatn, a gree-blue colored lake was formed in one of those craters.
- Complimentary pick-up and drop-off service for hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik
- Round-trip transportation
- Admission charges to the Blue Lagoon
- Admission charges to museums
- Lunch or dinner are not included in the price