Jutting out just beyond the city of Reykjavik, the Reykjanes Peninsula will astound you with its beauty and diversity. Away from the crashing waterfalls of the South Shore and dramatic mountains of the north, this rugged area is where you will find some seriously impressive geothermal conditions. From the thrashing waves lashing the cliffs along the coast to steaming craters and lunar-like vistas, this phenomenal part of the country is extremely easy to get to, with Keflavik Airport located in its corner. The Famed Blue Lagoon spa also sits in the area, a must-do for its mineral-rich naturally heated waters, while you must also keep an eye out for the thirteen lighthouses that guard the treacherous coast for fishing boats - an iconically Icelandic sight!
Health and wellness is very much one of the main attractions of the Reykjanes Peninsula. There are five swimming pools that harness the naturally heated hot spring waters, where your skin can enjoy the benefits of mineral-rich bathing. The Blue Lagoon Spa is one of the region’s best, where the volcanic earth leads you on a journey of relaxation with its geothermal waters, indulgent treatments and luxurious facilities, including a steam cave and a terrace where you can breathe in the fresh Icelandic air.
The Reykjanes Peninsula is a fantastic setting for outdoor activities with a rugged landscape waiting to be explored. Perfect for adventurous types, you can take a buggy tour across the intriguing terrain or hire a bike to get out and enjoy the scenery. There is also ample opportunity for hiking the rocky hills and birdwatching for the rare creatures that swoop in off the coast, along with exploring the caves, horse riding, kayaking and taking a Jeep or glacier tour.
The moon-like landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula is alive with the rumbling rock formations that make Iceland so unique. Since 2015, it has been recognised as a UNESCO Global Geopark, where you will find one-hundred different craters, caves, lava fields and breathtaking geothermal activity. Bracing the rift between the major tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America, it is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea-level. With a total of fifty-five geosites across the peninsula, there are plenty of seemingly magical sights, from the multi-coloured sediment of Seltun to the huge lake of Kleifarvatn, which is filled with water from below.
The Reykjanes Peninsula is a year-round destination with cold winters and moderate summers.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Reykjanes Peninsula.
British Airways from London Heathrow to Keflavik and Iceland Air from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
From London Heathrow to Iceland: 3 hours
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
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