The Reykjanes peninsula is an active volcanic system under its surface, situated at the south western end of the island. The Peninsula is rather sparsely populated except for Reykjanesbaer, which is the largest town on the Peninsula. Other towns include Grindavík and Sandgerði, all of which rely heavily on fishing. 

Reykjanes is marked by its large lava fields, active volcanism, numerous hot springs, geothermal energy and rugged landscape, all this allowing little vegetation. The gray-green moss on the strange, otherwordly lava is usually the first glimpse visitors to Iceland get of the land of ice and fire. A low mountain ridge rises on the peninsula, the most prominent being mt. Keilir, a small cone shaped volcano. Hikers enjoy climbing the mountain as it's not too high, but still poses enough of a challenge. Once you climb to the top, which takes around 2-3 hours, you are rewarded with a beautiful 360-degree view that simply takes your breath away.

This rugged peninsula of unordinary beauty and unique landscape has always been best known for its fish industry, the lighthouses and of course The Blue Lagoon. Some say that the lighthouses outnumber the villages. The main fishing towns to be found there are Grindavík, Sandgerði, Garður, Reykjanesbær and Vogar.

For more detailed information about attractions, villages and activities in the Reykjanes Peninsula be sure to go through our destination guide.


Recommended tours in this area


Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Hunt - Winter escorted tour

Explore the Icelandic South Shore; Waterfalls, volcanoes, glacial lagoon and black sand beaches

Duration: 6 days/5 nights

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