The Reykjanes peninsula is an absolute must. Of course, it
is pretty nearly unavoidable, as most travelers land at Keflavík Airport, right on the spot. When you drive
from the air terminal to downtown Reykjavík, you are bound be struck by the desolate beauty of the lava
fields on both sides of the road, and then there is the grey and stormy sea, waves beating on a barren coast.
Yes, this is it, the Reykjanes peninsula.
There are several interesting hikes to be made on the
Reykjanes peninsula. It is astonishingly wild, in spite of its location close to the capital, stark, raw and mysterious.
The hikes are fairly well marked. Follow them dont get lost, and do remember to take your rain-clothes
along, even if the sky is clear.
You are close to the sea. It beats violently upon the
barren shore in this area, an impressive sight of this element.
You get an excellent view of the sea at the Reykjanes
There are some picturesque cliffs nearby, and it is an
unforgettable sight to behold the foamy waves beating upon the dark rocks.
There is much more to the Reykjanes peninsula than meets the eye,
hot springs and all. The landscape is awesome in its stark beauty. Lake Kleifarvatn is a deep and icy lake nestling between
barren mountains, hot springs steaming on its banks. Once you're there, you really find yourself in the middle
of nowhere, yet you are quite close to the city. Astonishing and good for the soul, we find.
While youre at it, you might as well have a look at the bridge between
continents the American one and Europe. You will pass it on your way to the Reykjanes lighthouse.
The bridge is new, there is a parking area and instructive, slightly kitchy
boards, but the sight is remarkable for the panorama and the wilderness of the surroundings.
Another spot where you can put one foot on each continent? Why, the answer is
easy and not very far off kilometer-wise:
If you are driving around the peninsula, be sure to look
for the Gunnuhver site, unobtrusively signposted. A beautiful hot spot - no pun intended - a small garden of steamy mud springs.
We love it.
Gunnuhver is an awesome sight. You will come across a signpost leading to it
just as you leave the lighthouse. It is a huge, boiling mud spring.
Caution is the word.
This is actually mud, not just plain boiling water. Boiling mud is very much
hotter than boiling water, you know.
You don't want to know. Boiling mud is eerily beautiful.
No, you're not hallucinating. The earth is smiling at you.
Sulfur is incredibly pretty. So is brimstone.
On your way to Reykjavík, you will pass a signpost showing
the road to the Blue Lagoon, were you will see Keilir, the pyramid mountain. The
Blue Lagoon is truly a unique site for an unique experience. Hot springs, anyone? The geothermic power
station towers over the milky, smoothly steaming pool located in the middle of a huge lava field. Some will
find that the place is a bit too much on the tourist side, but there really is nothing like it, so swallow
your pride and wallow in white mud. The water is
warm and thick with this lovely mud that will make your skin smooth and firm in a jiffy. It is believed to cure
eczema. Play with the clean mud, make a mask, try the steam-bath, take a swim, admire the glistening pearly
surface of the lava touched by mud magic.
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