The Reykjanes Peninsula is an extraordinary place packed with geothermal activity right outside the capital. Travel to the home of famous Blue Lagoon and Keflavik International Airport!
Reykjanes or the Smokey Peninsula is located at one of Iceland’s many rift zones, where the Eurasian and North American continental plates meet. For this reason, there is a lot of activity in its grounds.
Earthquakes are common and hot springs spouting boiling water are found all around the peninsula.
The famous Blue Lagoon is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The peninsula’s surrounding steam and the natural Reykjanes hot springs is a good indicator of the immense natural energy found in the area.
Covering the whole of the peninsula is rough and outlandish dark lava with mossy tops. The colors of the peninsula are truly fascinating and are in an array from dark grey to red to turquoise blue.
Reykjanes is definitely a photographer’s paradise. The vast views it offers and the smokey mysteriousness of it truly adds to the experience of visiting.
There are a few towns and villages to be found on the peninsula, the biggest being Keflavík, mainly known for being home to Iceland’s only international airport.
Then you have Reykjanesbær, Vogar, Njarðvík, the Reykjanes Peninsula lighthouse, and the charming fishing village of Grindavík, famous for its delicious seafood restaurants.
The Reykjanes Peninsula is the southernmost peninsula in Iceland. It is located in the South Western corner of the country and sticks out in a thin yet long matter.
What is usually considered to be the Reykjanes peninsula area is the land from Hafnarfjörður to the cliffs going right into the ocean. The area covers about 829 km2 (320 sq mi).
The Reykjanes Peninsula can be reached on a public bus, on a guided tour, or simply via your own rental car. Driving to the Reykjanes Peninsula from Reykjavik will only take about 10-15 minutes.
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Flags of our Fathers (2005) Clint Eastwood choose the volcanic sandy beaches of the Reykjanes peninsula for his film Flags of our Fathers which was supposed to take place in Japan.
Hostel Part II (2007) filmed at the Blue Lagoon and is supposed to be in a spa in Italy chosen by the director Eli Roth.
The Fifth Estate (2013) The Reykjanes’ Blue Lagoon is seen in the background in one scene.
Simpsons (2013) at the end of the episode Homer and his buddies are seen relaxing in the Blue Lagoon.
Black Mirror (2017) the shots from Iceland are taken in Reykjavik and in the area between Reykjavík and Keflavik International Airport, the Reykjanes Lava Field. Both Lake Kleifarvatn and the green lake Grænavatn are seen in the episode named Crocodile.
Melanie C – Never Be The Same Again (2000) in the video you can see how the Blue Lagoon looked prior to the changes made in 1999.
Zara Larsson, MNEK – Never Forget You (2015) shot in the lava fields of Reykjanes.
Reykjanes is just as enchanting in winter as it is in the summer and the best thing, fewer people to share it with!
With the Blue Lagoon being located on the peninsula there is an even stream of people coming in all year round which makes for open museums and restaurants all year round.
The Reykjanes peninsula is also known to be an excellent spot to see the Northern Lights due to the limited light population as the settlements aren’t very scattered.