Iceland is on top of its game these days. This volcanic island, which got the name from its cold white icecaps and large glaciers, is today associated with bustling energy, steaming geothermal hot pools and endless possibilities for the adventurous traveller. Reykjanes Peninsula is a region in the southwest of Iceland.
Iceland may look like it is an isolated place. An island located far North in the Atlantic Ocean. On the contrary, Iceland has one of the best-connected international airports of the Nordic countries, Keflavik International Airport. With frequent daily flights from mainland Europe and North America, you’ll have plenty of possibilities of making Iceland both your end destination as well as an amazing stopover opportunity.
Iceland’s best-kept secret is right next to the airport
Reykjanes peninsula is visitors’ gateway to Iceland and at the same time both accessible and adventurous. In Reykjanes you’ll get an insight to Iceland’s diverse geology and how it has shaped both the country and the culture of the island. The Reykjanes peninsula is an aspiring Geopark, applying for membership to the European Geopark network. The area is located on the boundaries of two tectonic plates along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the longest mountain range in the world. The ridge, which lies mostly deep below the surface of the ocean, rises above sea level on the tip of Reykjanes peninsula, making this one of the only places on earth where it is visible.
Shaped by the nature—inspired by the energy
The landscape that makes up the Reykjanes peninsula is an amazing place for caving in spectacular lava tube caves and craters. Reykjanes also includes numerous geothermal sites, ranging from remote hot pools and mud clay geysers to the Blue Lagoon, one of the most known geothermal spa in the world.
The Reykjanes peninsula is the ideal place for easy access to unique geological sites, natural geothermal pools and pristine unspoiled coastline full of natural resources, a stone throw away from the capital area in Iceland and Keflavik International Airport. 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 international music festivals.
This article was in partnership with Visit Reykjanes