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Things to do in Reykjanes Peninsula

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From Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike with Geologist

1. From Reykjavík: Fagradalsfjall Volcano Hike with Geologist

Visit a volcano that began erupting on began on March 19, 2021, with a geologist/volcanologist. Uncover interesting geological features about the development of the eruption and the lava field with this Fagradalsfjall tour from Reykjavík.  Be picked up in Reykjavik and drive through old lava fields as you travel to the eruption-side of the volcano. Begin with an overview of the volcanic history of Reyjanes peninsula and view the first signs of a new eruption at this place. Discover how the hot the lava field is forming new land. Let your guide show you how the composition of the lava influences the appearance of the rocks. Head up to the crater viewpoint to see panoramic views of the volcanic landscapes below. Return to Reykjavik with a drive through hot springs, lakes, and mountains in the Reykjanes peninsula.

Reykjavík: Guided Afternoon Hiking Tour to Meradalir Volcano

2. Reykjavík: Guided Afternoon Hiking Tour to Meradalir Volcano

Enjoy an afternoon or evening hike in Geldingadalur Valley, where eruptions over the past two years have transformed the landscape. Learn about the history of volcanoes in the area as well as an introduction to the underlying science from your expert guide. Get picked up in Reykjavík and set out on a scenic drive surrounded by breathtaking views towards the Fagradalsfjall Volcano, Meradalir, and Geldingadallur Valley. Once at the valley, put on your hiking gear and head towards the volcano to hopefully see some lava flowing. The eruption has stopped in recent days, but there was flowing lava here as recently as August 20th, 2022. Bring snacks along with you and enjoy them while you gaze upon this natural wonder. Afterward, as you drive along the peninsula, your guide will fill you in on the history of volcanos in the area, many long-dormant, now covered by soft green lava moss.

Keflavik Airport: Private Transfer to/from Reykjavik

3. Keflavik Airport: Private Transfer to/from Reykjavik

Don't worry about finding your accommodation in Reykjavik with a private transfer from Keflavik International Airport. Experience a warm welcome from your driver, luggage assistance, and direct transport to your hotel. Don't stress about missing your flight home and book a hotel pick up for a timely arrival. Wait outside and ready 3 hours before your departure and finish your trip the right way, without stress. Appreciate free WiFi, music, and air-condition on board for ultimate comfort.

From Reykjavík: Merdalir Volcano and Blue Lagoon Day Trip

4. From Reykjavík: Merdalir Volcano and Blue Lagoon Day Trip

Enjoy the mountain views at Lake Kleifarvatn and hike to Fagradalsfjall volcano on this day trip from Reykjavík. Have the option to select pickup and drop-off. Unwind after your hike with a soak in the Blue Lagoon and a complimentary drink. Start your adventure with a pickup in Reykjavík and head towards the Reykanes Peninsula. Peer out of the window to a landscape of mossy-covered lava fields, geothermal fields, fishing villages, breathtaking coastal features, and mountain lakes. Explore hot springs and the black basalt beach of Lake Kleifarvatn. Hike to the eruption sites at Fagradalsfjall and Merdalir Volcanoes in Geldingadalur valley. Witness newly formed green lava descending from the volcano into old lava moss and rocks. End your day by relaxing in the Blue Lagoon. Let the warm healing geothermal waters soften your muscles and soul after your volcanic experience.

Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site and Reykjanes Tour

5. Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site and Reykjanes Tour

Discover the beauty of volcanic landscapes in the Geldingadalur Valley on this day trip from Reykjavík. Travel by bus to Meradalir Volcano and go for a guided hike to see the new lava fields. Capture photos at locations like Lake Kleifarvatn, Valhnúkamöl Boulder Ridge, and the Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Start with a pickup in Reykjavík before heading on a scenic drive surrounded by breathtaking views. Stop by Lake Kleifarvatn to take in the black sand beach and surrounding mountains. Put on your high-quality hiking gear and set off towards Geldingadalur Valley to see the steaming, cooling lava fields formed by the recent eruption at Merdalir. The volcano erupted for much of August 2022, but has stopped for now. Please note that the hike is of moderate difficulty and takes 1.5-2 hours each way. Sit down to a delectable packed lunch on the hike where you can eat while gazing out over the immense lava fields surrounding the new crater. Drive by the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the volcanos have shaped the area which is covered by soft green lava moss. Continue to the Gunnuhver Hot Springs to breath in steam from the boiling waters. Make your way to the the oldest lighthouse in Iceland at Reykjanes Lighthouse. Admire the cliffs and sea stacks formed by the Atlantic Ocean at the Valhnúkamöl Boulder Ridge. Finally, see the Bridge Between Continents which crosses a rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Get a picture of you walking across the bridge before returning to Reykjavík.

Reykjavik: Thrihnukagigur Volcano Guided Hiking Day Trip

6. Reykjavik: Thrihnukagigur Volcano Guided Hiking Day Trip

Enjoy a hiking tour towards the dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano. After your transfer and drop-off at the Bláfjöll mountain cabin, walk to Thrihnukagigur Volcano, a moderate hike of approximately 45-50 minutes, enjoying the breathtaking lava scenery en route. The hike is classified as moderately difficulty, with straight walks and limited elevations. But the surface is hilly and uneven. Upon arrival at the crater, descend 400 feet (120 meters) inside the volcano, and experience an extraordinary natural phenomenon. You will be informed about all safety procedures and how to behave inside the volcano, wearing a helmet and harness at all times. Each group is split into a smaller party of 4-5 people for safety and intimacy. After a slow 10-minute descent, to ensure the safety of passengers and provide ample opportunities to experience the amazing views, spend up to an hour inside the volcano (or less if you prefer). Expert guides will be with you at all times. End with a feast of traditional Icelandic meat soup or a vegetarian soup along with hot coffee, hot chocolate, tea or water.

From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

7. From Reykjavik: Northern Lights Guided Tour with Photo Shoot

Hunt for the aurora borealis on a guided group tour from Reykjavik. Witness the unique starry sky with the flash of light cutting across the Icelandic landscape. Curl up in warm blankets with hot chocolate and snacks. The journey will go outside of the city limits away from any light pollution as the northern lights are harder to see from Reykjavík. The end location is not pre-determined as it will depend on the cloud coverage and activity in the evening. The drive will be kept as short as possible and you might stop at several locations as the lights can be quite elusive. It is often a waiting game for this beautiful phenomenon, but it is always worth it. As you search for the aurora borealis, your guide will set up their camera for a free photo shoot of your group. Round off your night with a hot drink while stargazing in good company.

Reykjavik: Guided Volcano and Lava Field Hike with Geopark

8. Reykjavik: Guided Volcano and Lava Field Hike with Geopark

Embark on a guided tour of the newly formed lava field from the volcanic eruptions in Geldingadalur and Meradalir. Enjoy the opportunity to witness rare geological activity at the now dormant volcanoes. Start your tour at the boiling mud pools and colorful landscapes of the Seltún Geothermal Area. Hike up to the volcano and take in the views of the fresh lava field. Take a walk between two continents on a stop by the bridge between the continental plates that divide the peninsula. On the way back to Reykjavík stop by Gunnuhver, the largest mud pool in Iceland. Experience the ground shaking from the enormous power released from the boiling water and steam.

Reykjavik Quad Bike Twin Peaks Tour

9. Reykjavik Quad Bike Twin Peaks Tour

Take a scenic quad bike ride in the outback area of Reykjavik and be rewarded with a million-dollar view of the city. Have fun on a complete ATV experience, combining gravel roads, mountain tracks, rocky paths, and a steep ascent. Be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik and relax on the scenic drive through the Icelandic wilderness to the base camp. Begin your adventure from the base camp, where you will start the ride on a gravel road along beautiful Lake Hafravatn.  Head up a mountain trail to the top of Hafrafell. Once you stand there, enjoy great views over the whole Reykjavík area and the surrounding mountain range. After your first hour on the ATV, feel more confident and head to Úlfarsfell Mountain, the view over Reykjavik from the summit is even more stunning. On a clear day, be able to see Snæfellsjökull Glacier, hundreds of kilometers away.

Reykjavik: Roundtrip Bus Transfer to the Blue Lagoon

10. Reykjavik: Roundtrip Bus Transfer to the Blue Lagoon

Start your journey from Reykjavik's centrally-located BSI Bus Terminal. The drive from Reykjavík to the Blue Lagoon takes approximately 50 minutes and promises to impress: along the way, marvel at the beautiful lava fields of Reykjanes Peninsula. Once at the Blue Lagoon, relax in milky-blue waters with temperatures of around 100 degrees, at your leisure. When you have enjoyed everything that the Blue Lagoon has to offer, hop on the comfortable bus back to Reykjavik (50-minute drive) or to Keflavík International Airport (20-minute drive)* for your afternoon flight. The transfer to the Blue Lagoon operates according to a set timetable. • From Reykjavík to Blue Lagoon - 9:00 AM; 10:00 AM; 11:00 AM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM; 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM • From Blue Lagoon to Reykjavík - 1:15 PM; 2:15 PM; 4:15 PM; 6:15 PM; 8:15 PM • From Blue Lagoon to Keflavik Airport - 2:30 PM only

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What people are saying about Reykjanes Peninsula

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,454 reviews

Great tour. Would recommend even I think we could do it on our own as we had car. But we really enjoyed. The hike could be longer as it was only 2 hours all together not 4 as advertised. The driver and tour guide were friendly and even we stuck in the snow they had to put big effort to get the bus back on the road. They keep us safe and comfortable. Well done. Over all great communication and organisation.

The guided walk into the lava fields was spectacular in every sense. The guide was informative and helpful during the walk and bus trip. Our experience included a stay at the blue lagoon, which was a perfect end to the day. Highly recommend this to anyone who is wanting to get out of the city and explore southern part of Iceland.

Very well organised… very fortunate to see the lights… extremely cold hot drinks available to warm up… didn’t wait long for the lights to appear was amazing.. and brilliant to have professional photos… even more amazing as daughter partner proposed with lights in background

Truly amazing excursion! 12 km (round trip) to reach the main crater. A "lunar" scenario that is worth the effort. The guide Agnes is fantastic, prepared and always ready to give you energy. The added value of the excursion.

Great hike, recommend you seriously follow the instructions provided by the organizer. Saw a few folks not dressed properly and that adds to a negative experience. Bring cleats if you have them as it will help, but not neccessary.