Nature & Environment Dec 05, 2017

The Best of Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula

Learn more about some of the top attractions on Iceland’s west coast!

Did you know Iceland is made up of eight geographical regions? While the culture and landscape differs slightly from region to region, each maintains a distinctly Icelandic allure and magnificence. Located on the south western coast of Iceland, the Reykjanes Peninsula is one of the smallest sectors, but houses some of the most exciting scenery in the country, including the renowned Blue Lagoon and Gunnuhver Hot Springs. If you’re looking for the best sights and activities to check out when exploring this side of Iceland, look no further! We’re bringing you the top five excursions on the Reykjanes Peninsula:

Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark

The Reykjanes Peninsula is an UNESCO Global Geopark. It is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level. Characterized by hyaloclastite ridges (formed by subglacial eruptions during the last glacial period), Reykjanes is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the impressive craters and other large shield volcanoes from more recent times.

The Bridge Between Continents

The Bridge between two continents is a small footbridge over a major fissure. The Bridge clearly evidences the diverging plate margin, but was built as a symbol of unity, marking the connection between Europe and North America.

Gunnuhver and Geothermal Energy

On the tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula is an active geothermal area called Gunnuhver. The mud pools form where steam from the boiling geothermal reservoir water mixes with surface water.

The Blue Lagoon

The most well-known geothermal pool in Iceland, a visit to the Blue Lagoon is an important part of any stay in the country. Guests can renew their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air while relaxing in the warm geothermal seawater.

Hiking and Exploring

On the Reykjanes Peninsula, you can enjoy over 230 km of hiking trails, whether it is an easy short walk into the lava fields or by the coast, or a more challenging hike in the mountains.

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