Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark
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Get to know the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark which includes a visit to the ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition in Hellisheiði geothermal power plant, the geothermal areas Krýsuvík and Gunnuhver, dramatic coastlines and a shipwreck near the small fishing village Grindavík.
About 30 minutes away from Reykjavík, we will stop at the ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition (admission included), where we get to explore the utilisation of geothermal energy in Iceland.
Following the visit there, we will stop at Strandakirkja, a small church by the coast. There has a been a church in the area since the 12th century, but the one standing now is much younger. It was built after a young farmer was in danger of crashing into the rocks by the shore. He prayed to God and promised if he would survive, he would build a church where he came to shore. A glowing angel appeared at the stem of the boat and directed him safely to shore.
The geothermal area of Krýsuvík includes solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs and sulphur was mined there early in the 18th century and then again in the 19th century. Gunnuhver is the largest mud geyser in Iceland, about 20 metres wide.
Grindavík, the small fishing village with about 3000 inhabitants, has a long history, including when pirates from Morocco and Algeria arrived in the 17th century and took fifteen residents to sell as slaves. The reefs near the town can be very difficult to navigate, and many ships have crashed on land. We will see one shipwreck on this tour and see how ruthless the ocean can be.
Additionally, we will take in the magnificent coastline and dramatic breaking waves by the Reykjanesviti lighthouse and “The Bridge Between the Continents” which connects the American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Between the lava fields and geothermal hot spots, we will get a feeling of the life and power of this beautiful peninsula.
Those who have a prebooked ticket to the Blue Lagoon after the tour will be dropped off there. We recommend booking the 17:00 admission.
What is included
- Bus fare
- Guided tour
- Admission to ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition
What do I need to bring
- Remember to dress warmly
Good to know
- Admission to the Blue Lagoon is not included.
- Admission must be booked and paid in advance at bluelagoon.com
- We recommend booking the 17:00 admission.
- The minimum age for bathing in the Blue Lagoon is 2 years.
- Swimsuits and towels can be rented on the spot.
- Pick up is available at extra cost, from 1.450 ISK.
- Pick up is up to 30 minutes before departure
- Geothermal Energy Exhibition
- Strandakirkja, a small church by the coast
- Krýsuvík geothermal area
- Hópsnes point with some shipwrecks
- A local restaurant by the harbour in Grindavík fishing village
- Gunnuhver, the largest mud geyser in Iceland
- Reykjanesviti lighthouse
- “The Bridge Between the Continents”
- Blue Lagoon