Reykjanes – Hidden treasures beyond the barren landscape

Reykjanes – Hidden treasures beyond the barren landscape

Last update: 12 January 2021

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.

Mud pools at Krýsuvík-Seltun, Reykjanes GeoPark, Iceland
Bubbling mud pools at Krýsuvík-Seltun.

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.

Mossy lava fields, Reykjanes hidden treasures, Iceland
Mossy lava fields in the interior of Reykjanes peninsula.

Steaming heaps at Krýsuvík-Seltun, Reykjanes GeoPark, Iceland
Colourful views and steaming heaps at Krýsuvík.

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.

Where the Mid Atlantic Ridge comes ashore

At the southern tip of the peninsula you can see the Mid Atlantic 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.

Kleifarvatn lake, Reykjanes hidden treasures, Iceland
Kleifarvatn lake.

Reykjanes is a volcanic playground well worth exploring.

Reykjanes hidden treasures

This handy interactive map shows several hidden treasures and geological hotspots around Reykjanes Geopark. You can also zoom in for more details.

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Video – Reykjanes mud pools

The bubbling mud pools of Krýsuvík.

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