Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland
Iceland is famous all over the world for it Geysir, its black sand beaches, its glaciers and the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle and the South Coast are the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Iceland. With the exception of Keflavik International Airport and the Blue Lagoon, Reykjanes Peninsula remains very often unexplored, which is a pity because the Reykjanes Peninsula is a gem that deserves more attention.
Iceland is not only glaciers, waterfalls and geysirs, it is also lava fields, lakes, cliffs and hot springs that make Reykjanes a great destination for those who want to see something more of this beautiful country.
Five reasons why you should visit the Reykjanes Peninsula.
1. It’s very close to Reykjavik.
Being so close to Reykjavik, Reykjanes is the perfect destination if you are tired of those long day tours. A regular tour of Reykjanes takes from four to five hours and, since the Blue Lagoon and the International Airport are on the peninsula, you can combine the Reykjanes Tour with the entrance to the Lagoon or even do right before you leave the country or when you land.
If you book a private tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula, you will be able to arrange the perfect program for you with your guide.
2. It isn’t crowded.
As I mentioned, Reykjanes is surprisingly not among the most visited places in Iceland. You will not be alone but you will also not see all the buses you find when you go on the Golden Circle or the South Coast. You will find a huge number of cars and buses at the Blue Lagoon of course but exploring Reykjanes will be a very pleasant experience.
3. It is great in every season.
Reykjanes, like most of the places in Iceland, is beautiful in every season but what makes Reykjanes one of the best destinations in every season is its proximity to the capital.
It is very easy and great to explore Reykjanes during the summer, when the endless days give you all the time in the world to take some easy hikes through lava fields and geothermal areas, but Reykjanes is also great in the winter, when you only have a few hours of daylight and you need to make the most of them. Reykjanes is a short half day tour so it is perfect for those long dark winter days: you can make the most of the light by exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula and then relax at the Blue Lagoon for example.
4. It is home of a UNESCO Geo-park.
Reykjanes is a geological wonder, a place rich in geothermal energy, seismic activity and tectonic movements. Seltún and Gunnuhver will fascinate you with their mud pots, fumaroles and hot springs, where the minerals in the soil have painted the surrounding hills with stunning red, yellow and green colors.
5. The lava fields.
Reykjanes is a relatively small peninsula, it is one of the youngest parts of Iceland and here you can find several lava field of different ages, some covered in moss, some with grass, some with just black rocks. Driving through the different lava fields will feel like driving on the moon.
So, if you are looking for a beautiful and easy place to visit off the beaten track, Reykjanes might be the perfect destination!
Text: Elisa Maccagnoni – Iceland premium tours