Blue Lagoon and the Moon | Reykjanes Landscapes
We will begin our adventure by heading out through a thrilling lava field on our way to the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the south-west of Iceland, only a short distance from the city.
We will drive past the Lake Kleifarvatn, which is a Lake formed solely by tectonic plates and rifting of the earth crust, as the Eurasian and North American plates move away from each other. Amount the places we will visit Seltún geothermal area is nearby which is nearby the Blue Mountains. At Seltún, the geothermal activity comes to the surface with bubbling mud pools, steaming ground, colourful ground and powerful steam vents. After a nice walk around Seltun area, we will drive to one of the hottest places in Iceland, Gunnuhver. The temperature below the surface amount to about 300° C at this hot spring. Gunnuhver is named after a female ghost, named Gunna, that was laid there. After passing the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Iceland, we will drive towards the sea where we enjoy a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, high cliffs and black rock formations.
Afterwards, we will drive to the bridge between two continents. The bridge is a small footbridge over a major fissure, which was formed by tectonics and rifting of the two continental plates, Eurasian and North American plates, from each other.
The tour ends in the relaxing atmosphere in the Blue Lagoon. Vibrant blue water at the perfect temperature to chill out. In this tour you can upgrade your ticket to the blue lagoon to Comfort, Premium or Luxury and even you can also book a water massage. For more information on how to book and upgrade, ask when you book the tour.
We drive from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavík. On our way to Reykjavík, we will drive along the west coast, and through Hafnarfjörður, the small town in the Lava.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 8 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 2 years.
- Languages: English, Spanish, Icelandic, Danish, Portuguese
- Highlights: Blue Lagoon,
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is the single most popular attraction in Iceland.
The water is rich in silica and sulphur that helps make your skin shine like a baby. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility that helps find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, and averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). There´s a restaurant there and it´s a truly romantic and beautiful place one should not miss while in Iceland.Reykjanes,
Reykjanes is a peninsula in Southwest Iceland, characterised by immense lava fields, volcanoes and strong geothermal activity.
Volcanic & Geothermal Activity
The peninsula runs along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates are drifting apart. Because of this geological setting, the whole peninsula is extremely volcanically active, covered with lava fields and volcanoes and small earthquakes are very common there.
During the middle ages, many eruptions occurred in Reykjanes, but no eruptions have been recorded there for the last 500 years.
The main geothermal areas of Reykjanes are Gunnuhver, Krýsuvik and Svartsengi. Various mud pools and fumaroles can be seen at Gunnuhver while Krýsuvik is characterised by hot springs and mud pots that bestow multicoloured hues upon the soil. The green crater lake Grænavatn is also an impressive sight.
Svartsengi is home to a geothermal power station that produces 76.5 MW of electricity from the 475 litres of 90° C warm water that gush from the earth per second. The mineral-rich surplus water fills up the Blue Lagoon spa.
Nature & Wildlife
Reykjanes' cliffs are teeming with birdlife. Its best-known bird colony resides in Krýsuvikurbjarg which is the nesting place of approximately 80 thousand seabirds. North of Krýsuvíkurbjarg is Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the peninsula and one of the deepest in Iceland.
Reykjanes is hammered by some of the most breathtaking breaker waves in the world. A short drive from Krýsuvík is Selvogur where one is able to witness some of the country's greatest waves. On Reykjanestá, the southwest tip of the peninsula, the waves are known to reach heights of 20-30 meters.
The peninsula's north side is dotted with fishing villages and towns, most notably Keflavík, Sandgerði, Garður and Vogar. Grindavík town is located on the south shore of the peninsula.
Near Keflavík is the Miðnesheiði heath, where the international airport, Leifsstöð (also known as Keflavíkurflugvöllur or ‘Keflavík Airport’) is located.
The World-Famous Spa
On the southern tip of the peninsula is the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, an ideal place for relaxing and bathing.Kleifarvatn,
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland, 9,1 km&³2;, as well as one of Iceland's deepest lakes, reaching a depth of 97 meters. It lies on the fizzure sone of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Kleifarvatn is is located in the southern part of Reykjanes, near the Krysuvik geothermal area and another geothermal area to the east. Following an earthquake in 2000 the lake started receding but has now recovered. However, steam may still be seen rising by the lake's border. The steam comes from hot springs that were revealed during the earthquake.
The crime novel Kleifarvatn by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason was named after this lake.Seltún Geothermal Area
Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Rosino.
Visitors to Seltún will be taken aback by how much the area resembles a lunar landscape; with red, Mars-like gravel and steaming vents, the area is dotted with bubbling pools of mud, fumaroles and hot springs. There are well-maintained wooden walkways around the springs from where you can observe.
The sediments excreted by such hots pools range in colour from red, orange and green, creating a dazzling kaleidoscopic effect on the ground and surrounding hills. The reason for this geothermal activity is because of Krýsuvík's location in the middle of the fissure zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
The German scientist, Robert Bunsen, proposed his thesis on the formation of sulphuric acid after visiting the geothermal field in 1845.
Pickup time : 07:30
Pick up starts at 08:00. Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly. You can also meet your tour guides at Harpa Concert Hall. If you choose to do so, please be at Harpa at 08:20.
Everything included except lunch
What to bring:
Towel and swimsuit
Good to know:
A towel can be rented at The Blue Lagoon.
If you would like to upgrade you Blue Lagoon tickets to Comfort, premium or Luxury, please let us know when you book this tour.. We can also book for you an "in-water massage".. ;)