Wonders of Reykjanes

Gunnuhver mudpot sprouting
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Highlights:

  • Geothermal area of Reykjanes peninsula
  • Hot spots & mud pots
  • Dramatic shipwrecks and coastline
  • Strandakirkja local church
  • Hellisheiði Power Plant
  • Grindavík fishing village

Description:

Get to know the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark which includes a visit to the ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition in Hellisheiði geothermal power plant, the geothermal areas Krýsuvík and Gunnuhver, dramatic coastlines and a shipwreck near the small fishing village Grindavík. About 30 minutes away from Reykjavík, we will stop at the ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition (admission included), where we get to explore the utilisation of geothermal energy in Iceland. Following the visit there, we will stop at Strandakirkja, a small church by the coast. There has a been a church in the area since the 12th century, but the one standing now is much younger. It was built after a young farmer was in danger of crashing into the rocks by the shore. He prayed to God and promised if he would survive, he would build a church where he came to shore. A glowing angel appeared at the stem of the boat and directed him safely to shore.

The geothermal area of Krýsuvík includes solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs and sulphur was mined there early in the 18th century and then again in the 19th century. Gunnuhver is the largest mud geyser in Iceland, about 20 meters wide. Grindavík, the small fishing village with about 3000 inhabitants, has a long history, including when pirates from Morocco and Algeria arrived in the 17th century and took fifteen residents to sell as slaves. The reefs near the town can be very difficult to navigate, and many ships have crashed on land. We will see one shipwreck on this tour and see how ruthless the ocean can be. Additionally, we will take in the magnificent coastline and dramatic breaking waves by the Reykjanesviti lighthouse and “The Bridge Between the Continents” which connects the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Between the lava fields and geothermal hot spots, we will get a feeling of the life and power of this beautiful peninsula.Those who have a prebooked ticket to the Blue Lagoon after the tour will be dropped off there. We recommend the 17:00 admission.

 

Certified Tour Operator:

Reykjavik Excursions

Availability:

  • All year
Duration: 8 hours

Difficulty:

  • Rated 2 out of 5 or Easy

Pickup:

  • Yes
Price: ISK 10,900

Included:

  • Pickup & Drop off (Pick up is up to 30 minutes before departure)
  • Guided tour
  • Admission to ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition

Not included:

  • Lunch & drinks

Pickup times:

  • 08:30 AM

Departures:

  • 09:00 AM

Operates:

  • Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun

Good to know:

  • This tour is ideal for those who plan to visit the Blue Lagoon - since stops are made at the lagoon for this tour. Note that admission to the Blue Lagoon is not included in price for this tour. Please make sure to book admission beforehand at the www.bluelagoon.com for scheduled date. We recommend booking admission at 17:00 PM.
  • If you decide to visit the Blue Lagoon during this tour - you will be dropped off and return to Reykjavík after having enjoyed the geothermal warm waters. Remember to bring swimsuit and towel (can also be rented on spot).

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