Visit the stunningly beautiful but overlooked location of Reykjanes Peninsula. The hot springs, lava fields and moss-covered geothermal wonders will truly blow you away!
On this minibus tour, you will certainly feel like you are in another world. Thanks to its diversity of geothermal and volcanic activity, Reykjanes Peninsula is a UNESCO Global Geopark and also part of the European and Global Geopark network. Reykjanes is dotted with huge lava fields and is one of the very few places in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above the sea level. Despite its relative proximity to Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport, the peninsula is not crowded by tourists and stays an authentic gem off the beaten path.
~ 7 hours
Meet on location
No minimum age
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Reykjanes Peninsula
- Kleifarvatn Geothermal Lake
- Krýsuvík Geothermal Area
- Gunnuhver Steaming Mud Pools / Hot Springs
- Reykjanesviti Lighthouse & Bird Cliffs
- The Bridge Between the Continents
- Guided Minibus Tour
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- All Entrance Fees (except Blue Lagoon)
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Reykjanes is a true geological paradise, with incredible geothermal energy, seismic activity, and tectonic movements. This tour is perfect for those who want to witness the great diversity of Icelandic nature.
Included in the UNESCO Global Geopark, Reykjanes has a lot to offer and gives a good overview of the possible landscapes around Iceland. From iconic lava fields to geothermal lakes or also hot springs, the day tour will be full of surprises and unique geological features you will maybe see just once in your whole life.
Reykjanes Peninsula is located along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates are constantly drifting apart about 2 cm (1 inch) per year. That is the reason why the peninsula is highly volcanically active and small earthquakes are not rare there. During the Middle Age, several eruptions occurred in Reykjanes Peninsula, however, it has been 500 years that no other eruptions have been recorded.
The cliffs around the peninsula are dotted with a rich birdlife and some of the most spectacular breaker waves in the world. Reykjanes has many fishing villages and towns, forming the bigger municipality of Reykjanesbær which includes approximately 16,000 residents. It is then the 5th largest municipality in Iceland.
When everyone is picked up, we will head out to our first stop at Reykjanes Geopark: Kleifarvatn geothermal lake. We will drive through big lava fields which makes the lunar landscape of the peninsula. Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the peninsula and one of the deepest in Iceland. Rumors say that some mysterious creatures are hiding inside the lake. Located in a volcanic fissure, the 100-meter deep lake is the perfect photo stop. The volcanic landscape creates a particularly mystic atmosphere around the lake.
The next stop will blow your mind without any doubt. Krýsuvík geothermal area is unspeakable. With its multi-colored hills, the columns of steam that rise up high and the bubbling mud pools playing a symphony, Krysuvik is like nowhere else in the world. Located in Reykjanes Nature Reserve, the geothermal area truly shows the power of nature through the active hot springs. There are walking paths and a boardwalk to visit the whole area and find some information about this place.
During the day, you will learn so much about geology and geothermal power! Next on the list is Gunnuhver geothermal area, and spoiler alert: is not less amazing. The highly active geothermal area of bubbling mud pools and steam vents is linked to a ghost story. It is named after an angry ghost called Gudrun, whose spirit was caught in the hot springs by a priest about 400 years ago. Gunnuhver actually has the biggest mud pool in Iceland, measuring 20 meters wide (65 feet). The hot springs are filled with seawater, unlike other geothermal areas around Iceland, providing water up to 300°C (570°F).
If you are interested in wildlife, more precisely bird life, Valahnúkur cliffs are the perfect spot. The area hosts a big seabird colony, including Great Auks before the two last specimens of this specie were killed in the island nearby. At Valahnúkur, the beautiful stretch of coastline is continually hit by huge crashing waves while thousands of birds are flying around, looking for some food in the sea. Valahnúkur is composed of tuff layers, pillow lava and breccia, all of this formed during a single eruption. You should always be careful at the cliffs edges because of the strong wind and the grass-tufted patches of earth which may not support a human weight.
Just next to the cliffs is the oldest and most popular lighthouse in Iceland: Reykjanesviti. Originally built in 1878, the lighthouse was destroyed 8 years later due to a major earthquake. The building that you can see today was actually constructed in 1929 and it is estimated that a new one will be needed in the years to come because of the erosion of the cliff. Reykjanesviti is 31 meters high and is located 73 meters above the sea level. The long antenna on the roof top is made for the transmission of DGPS signals in the long-wave range.
One of the highlights of the tour is walking between the two continental plates, crossing over the famous “Bridge between the continents”. Located in Sandvík, the bridge between Europe and North America offers the possibility to walk from one continent to another within a matter of seconds. The bridge is also called Midlina or Leif the Lucky in reference to Leif Erikson, a famous Icelandic explorer, known in the Sagas to be the first European to discover North America over 1,000 years ago. The 15-meter bridge (50 feet) is mostly a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America, the old and the new world. On the midway of the bridge, a plaque marks the “limits” of the two continents and serves as a borderline between them. The two sides are marked ″Welcome to America″ and ″Welcome to Europe″.
The Reykjanes Geopark tour is perfect for your last day in Iceland as it combines a relatively unexplored part of Iceland with transfers to either Keflavik International Airport or the Blue Lagoon. If you do not have a flight to catch, head back to Reykjavik with us to rest in the capital.
Blue Lagoon: if you want to visit the Blue Lagoon, you need to book the entry ticket by yourself in advance. We recommend to book for 3:00 PM (15:00) as drop off there would be around 2.45 PM (14:45). You will have to take the bus back to Reykjavik by yourself, or to Keflavík if your flight is later in the day.
You will return to Reykjavík around 03:30 pm approximately.
The airport drop off is approximately 2.30 PM (14:30), which is suitable when your departure flight time is at 4:00 PM (16:00) and later.
Pick up is at 08:30 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, sturdy shoes, swimsuit & towel if you want to be dropped off at the Blue Lagoon. You can bring your own lunch, or we will stop at a diner/restaurant on the way.
Admission ticket to the Blue Lagoon needs to be booked in advance, should you want to be dropped off at the Blue Lagoon.
If you want to visit the Blue Lagoon, you need to book the entry ticket by yourself in advance. We recommend to book for 3:00 PM (15:00) as drop off there would be around 2.45 PM (14:45). You will have to take the bus back to Reykjavik by yourself, or to Keflavík if your flight is later in the day.
The tour begins when with collection from Reykjavik, please note that this process can last up to thirty minutes, depending on your location. From there we will make the scenic journey to our first destination, Lake Kleifarvatn.
Lake Kleifarvatn is the largest lake in Reykjanes Peninsula, situated in a dramatic volcanic crater close to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The lake is incredibly deep, reaching down close to 100 meters at certain points. It is also completely unique, as it has doesn’t have any rivers flowing into it, meaning that the amount of water in it is defined by the groundwater. In Icelandic legend, it is believed to be home to a strange mythical creature, an Icelandic version of the Loch Ness monster. This along with the spectacular natural scenery made up of coal-black cliffs, black sands, and murky waters, makes it a must-see during your Icelandic visit.
From there we will push on into the Krysuvik area, a hilly region known for the multi-colored sulfur deposits that dye its slopes. There are also several colorful crater lakes in the area, alongside bubbling hot springs and a myriad of different bird species, including kittiwakes, guillemots, and razorbills, who often dive from the cliffs into the blue Atlantic Ocean below.
After that, we will move to Gunnuhver, an expanse of molten seawater, which throws a massive plume of smoke into the air. It is surrounded by colorful rocks that have been dyed various shades of blue and orange by the volcanic activity in the area. It is famous for the rather tragic story of an old woman named Gudrun, who lived in the area sometime in the 18th century. Unfortunately, the locals suspected her of being a witch, meaning that they treated her with suspicion and dislike. By the time of her death, she had been involved in many disputes, including with a judge, who attended her funeral and was then found dead and mutilated the next day. The locals blamed the old woman’s ghost, who proceeded to torment the area until a local priest helped them to trap her in the hot spring. Icelandic folklore holds that she remains trapped there until this day and the spring is named after her. We will continue to pick our way down the coast, enjoying some spectacular birdlife on the cliffs of Valhnukar and seeing the lonely old Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, which gazes out to sea.
Our final stop is known as the Bridge between two continents, a small footbridge that crosses the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which provides the perfect visual representation of how the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting away from each other. It is located in the village of Sandvik and is one of the few places that you can cross continents on foot.
Our Reykjanes tour is perfect for anyone who wants to create some unforgettable moments in truly majestic Icelandic surroundings. It is also perfectly located, providing access to places like the Blue Lagoon, Keflavik Airport, and Reykjavik. This means that it could be a final day treat, after which we drop you at the airport, or combined with another wonderful tour, such as the Blue Lagoon. However, you want to do it: we promise that Reykjanes is a spectacular Icelandic destination that you won’t want to miss!
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
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