The Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland is just a half-hour trip from Reykjavik and is home to the Blue Lagoon and Keflavik Airport. However, because of this reason, many people neglect to spend more time in the region and don’t explore the amazing landscape that it has to offer. It is home to a number of natural wonders and should definitely be included in your travel plans. Because it’s home to Keflavik Airport, it can even be a good idea to explore this area as soon as you arrive in Iceland if you have a morning flight. We have put together a guide to Iceland Reykjanes Peninsula that helps you navigate the region and find things to do.
Visit Gunnuhver Geothermal Area
One of the most unique geothermal areas in Iceland can be found in the Reykjanes Peninsula. At the Gunnuhver geothermal area you can find bubbling mud geysers and pools that are not found all over the country. You will also find plenty of other geysers, boiling water, as well as steam and a distinct smell of sulphur. The region is named after the legend of a ghost who was said to have caused quite a stir in the area until a priest trapped her in the pool over 400 years ago. This geothermal area is also less frequently visited than many of the others around Iceland, so you can usually have a much more personal experience.
Find the Bridge Between Continents
A location that is more than worthy of your Instagram snaps, the region features a bridge that is literally placed between two continents. This is a rarity as Iceland actually sits on the boundaries on the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, which is the cause for the volcanic activity in Iceland. The land can sometimes give way and large fissures end up forming on the surface. Close to the area of Sandvik, you can find a bridge over a fissure that literally joins two pieces of land between the tectonic plates. You can stand on the bridge or in the fissure but this is a great place to visit that few people know about.