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An aerial view of the lava fields of Reykjanes
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An aerial view of the lava fields of Reykjanes
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The Reykjanes peninsula is a geothermal wonder, where lighthouses outnumber villages. Besides hosting the Keflavík International Airport and, just a few minutes away, the spectacular Blue Lagoon, the Reykjanes peninsula is a destination in its own right.


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Reykjanes peninsula is replete with natural marvels, in addition to the renowned Blue Lagoon and an array of lighthouses. Moreover, Iceland's busiest international airport and thus the main gateway to the island is located at Keflavík.

The Reykjanes peninsula has several high-temperature geothermal areas, three of which have been harnessed to generate electricity. In the Geothermal Energy Exhibition in the Hellisheiði lava fields, visitors can learn not merely about geothermal power but also the fascinating local geological history.

THE AREA IS A VERITABLE HOTBED FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. THE DRAMATIC, RUGGED LANDSCAPE FEATURES VOLCANIC CRATERS, CAVES, LAVA FIELDS, GEOTHERMAL WATERS AND HOT SPRINGS, IN ADDITION TO A VARIETY OF RESTAURANTS, MUSEUMS, CHURCHES, LIGHTHOUSES, AND FESTIVALS.

On the Reykjanes peninsula the junction between the European and American tectonic plates of the earth's crust is more noticeable and comprehensible than anywhere else. Thus it is no wonder that the peninsula has now been designated as the Reykjanes Geopark, which besides being a landscape to admire and study is also a veritable hotbed of recreational activities.

The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters, and hot springs, in addition to a variety of restaurants, museums, churches, lighthouses, and festivals.

Kleifarvatn Photo by Garðar Ólafs
Reykjanes offers a variety of enjoyable hiking paths
HrafnagjáPhoto by Garðar Ólafs

Take your time to enjoy Reykjanes

For most visitors to Iceland, the Reykjanes peninsula welcomes them as they usually land in Keflavík airport. The endless lava fields, craters and treeless environment is a unique way to be welcomed to the country. The whole Reykjanes Peninsula is a UNESCO Global Geopark, a cultural, geographical and historical treasure trove and as such is worthy of exploration.

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