The Reykjanes peninsula is a geothermal wonder, where lighthouses outnumber villages. Besides hosting the Keflavík International Airport and, just a few minutes away, the spectacular Blue Lagoon, the Reykjanes peninsula is a destination in its own right.
As travellers touch down at Keflavik International Airport, visitors are greeted by a moon-like landscape. Unless hidden by snow, a seemingly endless lava field topped with green-grey moss blankets much of the Reykjanes peninsula, and this rather other-worldly sight turns out to be most people's first glimpse of Iceland, the land of fire and ice.
Reykjanes has several high-temperature geothermal areas, three of which have been harnessed to generate electricity. In the in the Hellisheiði lava fields, visitors can learn not merely about geothermal power but also local geological history.
On the Reykjanes peninsula the junction between the European and American tectonic plates of the earth's crust is more noticeable and comprehensible than anywhere else. Thus it is no wonder that the peninsula has now been designated as the , which besides being a landscape to admire and study is also a veritable hotbed of recreational activities.
Reykjanesbær is the biggest municipality on the Reykjanes peninsula and includes several harbours and villages. The museum displays a seafaring replica of the famous Gokstad ship and informs the visitor of many aspects of Viking life, in addition to offering splendid views of the Atlantic. The locality takes pride in being the cradle of Icelandic pop and rock music, a genre which can be handily explored at the Museum of Rock 'n' Roll.
Take your time to enjoy Reykjanes
For most visitors to Iceland, the Reykjanes peninsula welcomes them as they usually land in Keflavík airport. The endless lava fields, craters and treeless environment is a unique way to be welcomed to the country. The whole Reykjanes Peninsula is a , a cultural, geographical and historical treasure trove and as such is worthy of exploration.