Reykjanes Peninsula day tour

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour

This Hit Iceland tour dives into the core Geopark concept by visiting some of the most exciting land formations at Reykjanes. This part of Iceland is a product of intense volcanic activity and is among the youngest parts of the island. 

Map of Reykjanes Peninsula day tour of culture geology and history

The rift zone comes ashore here from its grave, long, and winding stretch through the Atlantic Ocean from Antarctica. It is the part of Iceland characterized and marked by volcanic and geothermal activity from the Ice Age to historical times; a region that was more or less uninhabitable throughout the centuries from the time of settlement until it came to life in the nineteenth and twentieth century, when fishing grounds became more important than agriculture.  We will travel in a new modified Toyota Land Crusier 4X4 vehicle fit for dirt roads and slippery roads in winter.

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour Krísuvíkurberg

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour Krísuvíkurberg

The magnificent geology

The tour starts at Reykjavík, where we pick you up at your preferred location. Our first stop, after driving from Reykjavík through Hafnarfjörður across the lava field in the middle of the peninsula, is the mysterious and unique Kleifarvatn Lake. Here, we make two stops to tell stories and explain the geology of the lake and its distinctiveness. Then, we drive by the east side of the mountain ridge Sveifluháls, south to the geothermal area of Seltún, a captivating place of rhyolite colors, geothermal smoke, and boiling mud. And then, before we turn west on the coastal road to view the Krísuvíkurberg cliffs.

 

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour Seltún Geothermal area

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour Seltún Geothermal area

Geothermal power and renewable energy

From Krýsuvíkurberg we head for the new and modern fishing town of Grindavík. We take a short break for snacks, an excellent time to go over the history of the towns on the Reykjanes Peninsula, both as fishing towns and for their part in modern day Iceland.  After the stop we loop around the mountain Þorbjörn and drive by the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant and its famous byproduct, the Blue Lagoon. Here, we explain how Icelanders have taken advantage of their natural resources for their own benefit as well as that of the planet and how it has saved tons of money.

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour Eldvörp craters

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour Eldvörp craters

To the tip of Reykjanes

From Grindavík and the Power Plant we drive to the south-west tip of the peninsula and the Reykjanes Lighthouse. Here, we stop by Valahnúkar to view the spectacular land formation of stacks and cliffs that are different from the Krísuvíkurberg cliffs.  We also make a brief stop at the ghostly Gunnuhver hot spring and geothermal area. As we head towards the small villages of Sandgerði and Garður, we make a stop at the Bridge between continents where you can walk from the North American tectonic plate to the Eurasian one or, in a matter of seconds, walk from Europe to America. At the end of our tour, on our way back to Reykjavík, we drive through a few small towns and villages and briefly touch on their fascinating history, their development from fishing towns and their role in the Cold War, and the consequences of being a window to international culture in our tiny country and, currently, the gateway to the spectacular natural wonders of Iceland.

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour Gunnuhver hot spring

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour Gunnuhver hot spring

 

Reykjanes Peninsula day tour

Tour location : 

  • Reykjanes

Starting place / town : 

  • Reykjavík

Tour : 

  • 4X4

Duration: 

6 hours

Included: 

An Icelandic local driver guide with extensive knowledge about Iceland and Reykjanes Peninsula, the country, people, and history, and more importantly with years of experience travelling the Reykjanes Peninsula. A new modified convenient 4X4 Toyota vehicle fit for all roads. A drive to some of the most interesting places in Reykjanes Peninsula.

What to bring: 

Warm clothes, preferably rain resistant and a small daytour backpack. You should bring some snacks for the day.

Pick up time at preferred location: 

10:00 in the morning at a location, street or hotel, in the Reykjavík capital area that you put in during the booking process.