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Reykjanes Peninsula & Hot Springs

Reykjanes, Hot Spring, Kleifarvatn Geothermal Lake & Krysuvik Geothermal Area

Reykjanes Peninsula & Hot Springs | Day Tours | Arctic Adventures. Visit the stunningly beautiful but overlooked location of Reykjanes Peninsula and prepare to be amazed on this day tour on the south coast of Iceland. See Reykjanes, Hot Spring, Kleifarvatn Geothermal Lake, Krysuvik Geothermal Area and more.

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!

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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.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    ~ 7 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    No minimum age

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    9.900 ISK

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
Included
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 Peninsula

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.


The tour

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.


Return time

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 Information

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.


Practical Information

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.

Please note

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.

Reykjanes Lighthouse Iceland

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.

Seltun Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland

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.

Gunnuhver Hot Spring

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.

Meeting of the Continental Plates

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.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

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!

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 favourite 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. 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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What type of safety can be expected on our tour?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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