The row of craters at Reykjanes Peninsula called Eldvörp formed in an eruption in the early 13th century is a spectacular site to visit.  A lava field from the eruption covers a large area west of the small mountains Svartsengi and Þorbjörn. The lava field stretches from the northernmost crater all the way to the south shore. The craters are similar to the famous Lakagigar in the Icelandic highland although everything is on a smaller scale. The row of craters is about 10 kilometers long and consists of many craters, and some are even still warm with steam evaporating from the ground, indicating that the craters are still active and the magma still lurking beneath. From the top of some of the crates, you get a good view around the Reykjanes Peninsula west of the mountain ridge Vesturháls. More or less a flat lowland covered with lava fields, the top of the crater gives it an excellent view of the nature of the Reykjanes Peninsula. A landform of leaky lava with almost no possibility of a soil to harvest. A geothermal and volcanic wonderland.

The advantage of geothermal power

The crater row Eldvörp is part of the geothermal area that provides hot water for the Svartsengi Power Plant and the famous Reykjanes Peninsula landmark and tourist attraction Blue Lagoon. In the old days some decades and centuries ago people at the Reykjanes Peninsula used the heat to bake bread. This was during the time of shortage of firewood and coals. So there are examples of Icelanders taking advantage of the geothermal heat long before power plants and heating houses. Currently, there are plans to drill more deep holes in the area near and around Eldvörp.  Although considered by many a positive step in developing renewable energy it also raises questions about messing with nature.  There is an ongoing dispute from preservationists and by visiting Eldvörp you can actually judge for yourself as some of the projects are obviously damaging the natural wonders beyond repair.

Finding your way to Eldvörp

Driving to Eldvörp is relatively easy and suitable for every kind of car. During winter caution is needed and visit the weather site recommended.  From Reykjavík, you drive to the road Reykjanesbraut Nr. 41 which is the same road most visitors drive when they arrive through the International Airport at Keflavík. After driving approximately 30 kilometers you turn south on Grindavíkurvegur Nr. 43 and turn west when you reach the intersection to the Blue Lagoon. You drive past the intersection to the Blue Lagoon parking lot about a mile or 1.6 kilometers.  Here you drive to the west about 3 kilometers or two miles on a gravel road to reach Eldvörp.

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Below is the location of Eldvörp craters on the map of Iceland

Eldvörp row of craters at Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes Peninsula is a great place to stay when in Iceland. It is the home of the International Airport, The Blue Lagoon and many natural wonders.  This part of Iceland offers a great Road Trip where you can see hot springs, magnificent cliffs, beautiful lakes and old historic settlements.  It is a great place with a large variety of accommodation and hotels in all of the six towns and villages located on the shore. 



Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland for accommodation and hotels

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In Iceland, the Blue Lagoon at the Reykjanes Peninsula is becoming a landmark equivalent to Big Ben in London and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is a place most visitors and tourists that plan a trip and come to Iceland want to visit.  Needless to say, it is probably the most popular tourist destination in Iceland. These unique baths were discovered accidentally in the 1970s. During a construction operation at the nearby Geothermal power plant, the workers decided to use this natural pool to wash after a long and exhausting day. Soon, the word spread about the water's extraordinary qualities. It is extremely rich in silica and sulfur, thus excellent for helping people suffering from skin diseases, such as psoriasis. One gentleman from the nearby town of Keflavik fighting the disease decided to try the bath. His experiment was successful even to the amazement of some of his doctors.

A lagoon from the Geothermal Power Plant became a popular bath

During the first years, the public spas were operated at the original site. But, the natural setting proved to be too dangerous resting in the middle of a lava field. The bottom of the pool was fissures riddled, hiding some rock traps. A company was formed to build a new and safe pool.  As the lagoon became more convenient to bath in, more and more people became interested in bathing in the blue lagoon. The current pool is man-made. The nearby power plant, Svartsengi, feed the pool through water output. The water is being renewed every two days.

Recently renovated it is truly a joy to visit

Just recently the Blue Lagoon and the area around the lagoon was renovated and are now a state of the art Geothermal Pool.  The water temperature in the lagoon's bathing and swimming areas is on average 37-39°C. Apart from the public pools, the Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments, using the mineral-rich water.  Access to the Blue Lagoon is as easy as it gets. You go to the Road Nr. 41, which is the first road most visitors drive when in Iceland, the road between the International Airport at Keflavík and Reykjavík the capital of Iceland. About 30 kilometers from Reykjavík you turn south on Road Nr. 43 to the town of Grindavík. A few kilometers before you come to Grindavík you will see the Geothermal Power Plant at Svartsengi and the signs leading to the Blue Lagoon on Road Nr. 426.

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Below is the location of Blue Lagoon on the map of Iceland

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Reykjanes Peninsula offers many spectacular natural wonders to visit for those who travel to Iceland.  The Reykjanes Peninsula countryside is a place one should surely visit while in Iceland. It is an ideal choice for stopover passengers or those who choose to take a brief trip to Iceland.  The Reykjanes Peninsula offers spectacular cliffs, fantastic landscape and coastline, interesting lakes, geological phenomenon, and magnificent hot springs. It is the home of the famous Blue Lagoon and is one of the places you should not miss if you visit Iceland. An ideal drive is the Reykjanes Peninsula drive if you rent a car and is comfortable day tour with Hit Iceland if you are staying in Reykjavík or in the towns near the International Airport in Iceland. It also has many great spots and places to see the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis on clear evenings during winter.