The Wonders of Reykjanes, Iceland
Get a little bit of true Iceland on this varied tour which includes volcanic landforms, two geothermal sites, dramatic coastlines and quaint, historic towns. You will really get a feeling of the life and power of this young land. Half of the attraction is the beautiful scenery you pass.
Begin the day with a visit to a geothermal park where a natural clay foot bath can be enjoyed. In a hole in the park the locals bake the famous black bread using the geothermal ground as an oven. Students love to each boil an egg in the hot springs and later enjoy warm with the bread. Look out for the restaurant nearby that uses the geothermal heat for its outdoor kitchen!
Just a few minutes away from the Geothermal Park you’ll stop off to view a small exhibition dedicated to a local earthquake in 2008. Students will experience a short simulator which recreates the earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale – and brings home to students just how violent it was!
You'll then drive through endless lava fields and then the quaint historic town Eyrarbakk now a near deserted fishing town due to its industrial decline. Stop at Iceland's most famous church Strandakirkja overlooking the fierce waves.
You will then head to see and hear the hot steam leaving the ground’ at the geothermal area of Krýsuvík , where there are impressive mud pools and hot springs. Back on your coach you will pass Graenavatn blue lake before seeing the 97m deep Lake Kleifarvatn that has no visible surface drainage but whose levels dropped dramatically in a 2008 eruption. There's also nearby pillow lava to see.
Next up is the geothermal area of Gunnunver where you can watch the boiling salt water mud pools and escaping steam from a viewing platform. Take in the magnificent coastline and dramatic breaking waves by the Reykjanesviti lighthouse perched on a volcanic cone, and enjoy the 360 degree panorama from the cliff tops. Finally step out on the “Bridge Between the Continents” which connects the American and Eurasian tectonic plates - another great site and photo opportunity. You can also visit the Perlan Centre with is massive tanks of geothermally heated water and outstanding viewing platform over Reykjavik. The Magma House exhibition can easily be added to this day too.
Nb. If you haven't already been we can add a couple of hours at the Blue Lagoon on this day.
Fakasel Icelandic Horse Park (can be added to the Wonders of Reykjanes Day)
A guided tour of this popular horse farm and location of a fantastic horse evening performance is a good addition to the day. Meet the horses and learn about their uniqueness, the show and taste of some local food.
Magma a House of culture and natural resources (can be added to the Wonders of Reykjanes Day) This centre in Grindavík houses two very attractive and interesting exhibitions.