The Reykjanes peninsula is a spectacular area and a part of the UNESCO Global Geopark. There is some incredible geology and scenery in this area, with endless lava fields, volcanoes, bubbling mud and hot springs and lava tunnels. For the highlight of the trip we visit The Lava Tunnel for a walk through the spectacular inner workings of the Leitarhraun eruption since 5,200 years ago.
This tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula and The Lava Tunnel is an introduction to Iceland’s incredible landscapes, with its unique geology a result of the separating tectonic plates that are pulling it apart. Keflavík airport, just south-west of Reykjavík, is why most people head out to this peninsula, but there are plenty of amazing sights to see, with vast lava fields, geothermal hot springs, dramatic coastlines and breathtaking lava tunnels. Explore this gem of Iceland, hiding in plain sight, often only visited by locals. This Reykjanes tour takes you to the most fascinating sights in this geological hotspot, which is included in the UNESCO Global Geopark. The day is topped off by taking a guided tour through one of Iceland’s largest lava tunnels, formed thousands of years ago. The formations and colours within the scorched earth of The Lava Tunnel have to be seen to be believed.
The highlights of the Reykjanes peninsula include lava fields, geothermal hot mud springs, beautiful green lakes and extraordinary scenery. We start the day by heading out of Reykjavík and stopping by the ancient manor farm of Bessastaðir, where Iceland’s Presidents have resided since 1941. From here we head to the south-western most point of Iceland, where you can admire the cliffs teaming with birds and the oldest lighthouse in Iceland. Reykjanesviti lighthouse was destroyed by an earthquake in 1905, with the new lighthouse being built in 1907-1908. We will also stop by The Bridge Between Continents, this footbridge, also known as Midlina or “Leif the Lucky Bridge”, which links a fissure running between the two continental plates of Eurasian and North America. Before leaving the south-westernmost corner of Reykjanes we also visit Gunnuhver which a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents, being Iceland's largest hot mud spring. We then head to the fishing village of Grindavík, where we stop of at one of our favourite small restaurants in the area that specialise in Lobster Soup and other Icelandic delicacies (lunch is not included in the price). After lunch we visit Lake Kleifarvatn with its black volcanic shores and its surrounding moss covered lava fields. Nearby is the Mars like landscape of Krýsuvík and Seltún geothermal area with its steam vents and mud-pots bubbling right to the surface.
This is a guided tour with a small group (12 people) in a mini bus, minimum age is 8 years old.
a. Free tour pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavik
b. Knowledgeable local guide
c. Entrance to LAVA Tunnel with helmet and headlight provided
d. Maximum group of 12 people in a comfortable mini bus
e. Hiking boots and waterproof clothing can be provided if needed
a. We stop for lunch at a local café in Grindavík serving the best lobster soup around as well as other Icelandic delicacies. Lunch is not included in the price. However it is always good to bring a bottle of water with you and some snacks to have throughout the day.
b. As with all our trips, be sure to bring along waterproof jackets and pants for the unpredictable Icelandic weather. Waterproof jackets and pants are available to hire. Make sure to order in the booking process or contact directly.
Pick up is included in designated pick up locations in Reykjavík (options shown in the drop down box in the booking process).