Reykjanes – Hidden treasures beyond the barren landscape

Reykjanes – Hidden treasures beyond the barren landscape

Reykjanes peninsula is the first impression of Iceland you see after arrival. Keflavík International Airport is located on the tip of the peninsula, and you’ll travel along its northern shore on your way to Reykjavík and beyond. Barren and desolate as it may look on first sight, there are actually a lot of hidden treasures to be discovered in its rugged interior.

Geological wonderland

Large sections are part of the Reykjanes Global Geopark, a Unesco geological heritage area. Beyond the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal pools there is a myriad of steaming vents, bubbling mudpools, colourful rocks & mountains, tranquil lakes, faulty fissures and lava flows covered in thick fluffy moss.

Mud pools at Krýsuvík-Seltun, Reykjanes GeoPark, Iceland

The volcanic Mount Keilir is the most dominant feature. It’s nearly 400 meters tall, and its pretty cone-shaped form can even be seen in the distance from Reykjavík across Faxaflói Bay. At the southern tip of the peninsula you can see the Mid Atlantic Ridge Ridge – which runs underwater for nearly its entire length from Antarctica all the way to Iceland – rising above the sea and coming on shore near Reykjanesviti lighthouse.

It’s a volcanic playground well worth exploring.

Kleifarvatn lake, Reykjanes GeoPark, Iceland

View to Kleifarvatn lake.

Mossy lava fields, Reykjanes GeoPark, Iceland

Mossy lava fields.

Steaming heaps at Krýsuvík-Seltun, Reykjanes GeoPark, Iceland

Colourful views and steaming heaps at Krýsuvík.

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

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The bubbling mud pools of Krýsuvík.

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