Top Things To Do on the Reykjanes Peninsula on Iceland

Top Things To Do on the Reykjanes Peninsula on Iceland

The lunar landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula (The Steamy Peninsula) could be the setting for the movie Armageddon.

The entire peninsula is a geothermal area and lighthouses outnumber the villages.

Visit the picturesque Hólmsbergsviti lighthouse, which was built in1956 and stands 9.3 meters tall overlooking the surf-pounded coast.

Miðlína, or Lief the Lucky Bridge, is the bridge that spans the Álfagjá rift valley. According to the continental drift theory, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates shift and drift apart in an endless clash of forces under the gaping rifts. As the plates diverge, linear fractures, known as fissures form due to stresses created by the tension that builds up as the plates move away from each other.

Go off-roading (only if you have a 4 x 4 vehicle) through the beach of Sandvík, a black sand beach where scenes in the Clint Eastwood films "Flags of our fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" were filmed in 2007.

The area below the Reykjanesta cliffs is a basalt lava flow being eroded by North Atlantic waves. A people-sized puffin called the Geirfugl á Reykjanesi looks out at Eldey, a tall rock platform rising straight out of the sea. It is easy to climb up the grassy back of the cliffs to be awarded with spectacular views of the sea and surf.

Reykjanesviti is Iceland's oldest lighthouse, which is also nearby. The original structure was built in 1878 but just eight years later the building was destroyed by an earthquake. In 1929 the current Reykjanesviti lighthouse, which stands 31 meters tall, was illuminated. The lighthouse even has a resident keeper!

The Gunnuhver Hot Springs are mud pools and steam vents with temperatures reaching over 300° C. The hot springs are named after a woman called Guðrún, a female ghost who was laid there about 400 years ago. She had caused great disturbance until a pastor, a known sorcerer, set a trap for her and she fell into the spring. You can hear the vigorous noises, see the boiling water and mud, and feel the steam on your face.

 

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