In the middle of the fissure on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (in the south of Reykjanes) is the geothermal area Krysuvik. The main geothermal sections in Krysuvik are Seltun, Hverahvammur and Hverahlid. The banks around the hot springs are colored green, yellow and red. Columns of steam rise skywards, and the bubbling mud pools play a rhythmic symphony.

A well maintained boardwalk winds through the geothermal fields, and visitors can find information and educational signs all around that explain the area’s geology. Hikers can find a winding path leading to the top of the massive steaming vent;  the view from the top of the ocean and geothermal fields is spectacular.

Nearby are a few lakes. Lake Graenavatn, Lake Gestsstadavatn and Augun (the Eyes) are actually explosion craters formed by volcanic eruptions. Lake Graenavatn  glows with a rich, deep green color because of sunlight-absorbing thermal algae and crystals.

Visitors to Krysuvik an experience geothermal power in a natural setting with boiling mud springs surrounding the world’s largest blowing steam vent. The nearby Seltun geothermal field teems with active hot springs, bubbling mud cauldrons and marked walking paths.

What to see at Krysuvik geothermal area?

Krysuvik geothermal area has many of the features that are common to geothermal areas. There are steam vents amid mud pools, hot springs and sulphur deposits, not to mention colorful landscape and the distinct smell of sulphur.  Nearby are the Krysuvikur sea cliffs with an abundance of sea birds, making it the perfect stop for any birder.

When is the best time to see Krysuvik geothermal area?

The geothermal area is open all year.

How to get to Krysuvik?

Krysuvik is an approximately 40 minute drive from Reykjavik. When driving southwest from Reykjavik, follow Road 41 towards Reykjanes, then take a left turn onto road 42.

GPS: 63.895746 N, -22.052361 W