Krýsuvík geothermal area is located on the Reykjanes peninsula close to the lake Kleifarvatn one of the largest lakes in Iceland. It is also located in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the tectonic plates are moving apart. Krýsuvík used to be one of the largest estate farm in Iceland and there was a church there in the 13th century.
Krýsuvík is one of Iceland's natural beauty with the spectacular landscape shaped by volcanism and geothermal activity. The area is perfect for outdoor activities and nature explorers. There is a large steaming vent on the hilltop and a path leading to it, the view from the top is amazing over the area. There are also boardwalks that take you around the hot springs and mud pots with information signs explaining the geothermal area.
The main areas of Krýsuvík are Seltún, Hveravammur, Hverhlíð, Austurengjar, the South part of Kleifarvatn and Sveifla under Hettutindi. There you can see the steam rise up to the sky and in Seltún and Hverahvammur are bubbling mud pots colored green, yellow and red that change color according to weather.
It is interesting to check out the crater lakes Grænavatn and Gestsstaðavatn as well as the Krýsuvíkurbjarg cliff, where thousands of seabirds nest by the ocean. Among the bird species there are kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and more.
Krýsuvík geothermal area is located about 40 minute drive from Reykjavík. From Reykjavík take the Reykjanesbraut road (41) and then turn on Krísuvíkurvegur road (42). Pass the lake Kleifarvatn, then turn right where the sign says Seltún and there you find the car park.