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Things to do in Reykjanes

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Welcome to Reykjanes

Jutting out into the North Atlantic Ocean, just south of Reykjavik, the Reykjanes Peninsula is known for its otherworldly volcanic and geothermal landscapes. Most visitors to Iceland touch down on the peninsula at Keflavík Airport and return to visit the famed Blue Lagoon, but Reykjanes merits a longer look. A UNESCO Global Geopark, travelers keep busy exploring volcanic craters, caves, dramatic fissures, bird-filled sea cliffs, lava fields, and black-sand beaches. Visiting the Bridge Between Continents and the Icelandic Museum of Rock ’n’ Roll are also top things to do in Reykjanes.

Top 2 attractions in Reykjanes

Blue Lagoon

To understand why Iceland's Blue Lagoon is so popular, just imagine bathing in steaming milky-blue waters, sipping a cocktail at a swim-up bar, and looking out over an otherworldly landscape of jagged peaks and black lava fields. This geothermal pool, the most visited of Iceland's many such oases, boasts mineral-rich waters, a luxurious spa, and a magnificent setting, all just minutes from Reykjavik.More

Leidarendi Lava Caves

With its tunnels of multi-hued lava tubes, dripping with stalactites and dotted with peculiar rock formations, the Leiðarendi lava caves are a subterranean fantasyland. The Leiðarendi caves take their name—which translates as “the end of the journey”—from the carcass of a dead sheep that is found at the end of a tunnel (you can still see the bones), but intrepid travelers needn’t worry as seasoned guides keep everyone safe.More

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When to visit

The most popular time to visit is in summer, when long days, the midnight sun, and (relatively) warm temperatures make it easy to enjoy the outdoors and pack multiple activities into each day. That said, because Reykjanes is home one of Iceland’s top attractions, the Blue Lagoon, it can often be crowded during peak season; if you visit in the winter, you can enjoy the geothermal water and other local sights with far smaller crowds.

Getting around

Reykjanes is located near Keflavík International Airport (the country’s largest), and there are frequent buses running between the airport and Reykjavík. Once you arrive, you’ll want to rent a vehicle to really explore all that the area has to offer. (The rental agencies are also located at the airport.) If you don’t want to drive, book a guided tour that includes transportation.

Traveler tips

The tiny, windswept fishing hamlet of Garður, located on the northwestern point of the Reykjanes peninsula, is well worth a visit. Sights include Garðskagi, a rocky point with two lighthouses (one of which has a 360-degree viewing platform), and a small folk museum. The village is also a great spot for whale and dolphin watching in the summer. It’s a charming, quiet place; if you want to stay a while, check out the campground between the lighthouses.

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What are the top attractions to visit in the Reykjanes Peninsula?

The top attraction along the Reykjanes Peninsula is the Blue Lagoon, but it’s also home to natural wonders such as Kleifarvatn lake, Fagradalsfjall volcano, and the Krýsuvík and Seltún geothermal areas. The peninsula’s “Blue Diamond Circle” driving route also includes the Bridge Between Continents, Gunnuhver Hot Springs, and Reykjanestá cliffs.

Is the Reykjanes Peninsula worth visiting?

Yes. The Reykjanes Peninsula is a popular choice for a day trip from Reykjavik and is home to attractions including the Blue Lagoon, the Fagradalsfjall volcano, Kleifarvatn lake, and the Krýsuvík and Seltún geothermal areas. The peninsula is also recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark for its unique geological landscapes.

What is Grindavik known for?

The fishing village of Grindavík lies on the south coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula and is home to one of Iceland’s top attractions—the Blue Lagoon. Most visitors head straight to the famous hot springs, but you can also visit the Icelandic Saltfish Museum and explore the surrounding lava fields.

Is Reykjavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula?

No. Reykjavik is located on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay, about 30 miles (45 kilometers) northeast of the Reykjanes Peninsula. However, most visitors to Reykjavik will arrive at Keflavík International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula, about a 45-minute drive from the city. The Reykjanes Peninsula is also a popular day trip destination.

Can I visit Fagradalsfjall without a guide?

Yes, but it’s not recommended. The Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted in 2021 and 2022, and visiting with a guide will ensure that you stay safe as you hike to the viewpoints (between 30 minutes and two hours one-way). However, it is possible to visit independently from Reykjavik with your own transport.

Which is better, Sky Lagoon or Blue Lagoon?

It depends. The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa and is located close to the airport, making it a popular choice for travelers arriving or departing from Reykjavik. The Sky Lagoon opened in 2021, is located in Reykavik, and has impressive ocean views. If you have time, visit both!


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