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Reykjanes Guide

Reykjanes Guide

Top things to see and do while in the Reykjanes region.

Drone shot of the July 2023 Fagradalsfjall Eruption.

On July 10, 2023, the Litli Hrútur fissure eruption started. The third eruption in as many years in the Fagradalsfjall Eruption zone in the Reykjanes region. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson.

We've said it before, and we will repeat it. It is hard to narrow down the "best of" in Iceland's seven regions because you could spend a lifetime exploring each.

The Reykjanes Region is full of diverse volcanic and geothermal activity and is designated UNESCO Global Geopark. This wild and windswept peninsula is a delight to explore from KEF airport and the Reykjavík vicinity. So why not check out some of the top attractions on the Reykjanes Peninsula before you continue your journey around Iceland? Here is a list to help get you started with ideas.

Blue Lagoon

One of the 25 wonders of the modern world and the most popular attraction in Iceland. This stunning spa and resort is renowned worldwide for its azure waters, silica masks, and healing properties. On-site are world-class hotels and Michelin-starred dining experiences. 

Gunnuhver Geothermal Area

Home to Iceland's largest geothermal mud pool. This impressive and colorful seismic area contains mud pools, hot springs, and fumaroles. It is aptly named after the ghost of Gunna that haunted the area some 400 years ago.

Mt. Fagradalsfjall

In March 2021, the Fagradalsfjall fissure eruption started and lasted approximately six months. Today, you can hike the trails and take in jaw-dropping views of Iceland's newest craters, cooled lava, and sulfur-stained cones.

Ása Steinars enjoying the Blue Lagoon on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland.
Gunnuhver is a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents on the southwest part of the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Fagradalsfjall is an active tuya volcano formed in the Last Glacial Period on the Reykjanes Peninsula, around 40 kilometers from Reykjavík, Iceland

(L to R) The Blue Lagoon is understandably a major tourist draw in Iceland. Photo: Ása Steinars. The earth's heat comes to a boil at the Gunnuhver geothermal area in Reykjanes. The Fagradalsfjall volcano system awoke in 2021 (with 2 subsequent eruptions) after an 800-year slumber. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson.

Lake Kleifarvatn

Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula and is one of Iceland's deepest. Breathtaking landscapes of colored rocks and geothermal activity surround the lake.


The capital of Reykjanes, Reykjanesbær, is the fourth largest municipality in Iceland, with a population of 20,000. This multicultural town offers everything, from museums and restaurants to activities for the whole family.

Bridge between continents

The Bridge between two continents at Sandvík is a small footbridge that crosses continents. The tectonic boundaries between the North American and Eurasian plates are evidence of the geological forces at work.

Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Aerial view of the town of Reykjanes, Iceland.
The bridge between continents in the Reykjanes region.

(L to R) Kleifarvatn is the largest lake in the Reykjanes region, with many interesting geothermal features around the area. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson. Aerial view of the town of Reykjanes. Step between the North American and Eurasian continents on this footbridge. Photo: OZZO Photography.


Folklore relates tales of a giantess named Oddný that used to soak in this rock kettle. Standing on the platform, you risk getting soaked as the waves can sometimes reach the parking lot!

Hvalsneskirkja Church

Iceland's isolated churches make promising subjects for photography. Moody and evocative, this one's especially lovely in winter, when its dark basalt lava blocks contrast beautifully with the icy landscapes surrounding it.


The old Garðskagi Lighthouse dates back to 1897. Though squat, its squared design and striped appearance make it distinctive. It will appeal to visitors at sunset, silhouetted against an orange background, or when the Northern Lights fill the sky above it with dancing green ribbons of light.

A bird's eye view of Brimketill. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson
Hvalsneskirkja Church on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Photo: Ása Steinars
Garðskagaviti Lighthouse on the Reykjanes Peninsula

(L to R) Brimketill is the perfect size for trolls to take a bath. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson. The picturesque Hvalsneskirkja Church, Photo: Ása Steinars, and Garðskagaviti Lighthouse are well worth the stop on your Reykjanes journey. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson.


Reykjanesviti Lighthouse with lupine. Photo: Ása Steinars
View from Reykjanes out to sea. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson
Hikers close to the 2021 Fagradalsfjall Eruption. Photo: Thrainn Kolbeinsson

(L to R) Reykjanesviti Lighthouse during the lupine bloom. Photo: Ása Steinars. The seas can be rough out on the open Atlantic Ocean, and hikers close to the 2021 Fagradalsfjall Eruption. Photos: Thrainn Kolbeinsson.

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