Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon


We start this excursion by heading south towards the ┴lftanes peninsula with the intention of visiting Bessasta­ir, which is the residence of the presidents of the Republic of Iceland. Of course, the place is mostly off limits to the public, but the beautiful 18th century chapel is not and Bessasta­ir is also renowned for it's varied birdlife, especially in the springtime and autumn when many species of migrating birds make their annual halt there.
Next on our way is the bustling town of Hafnarfj÷r­ur whose busy harbour,with it's shipyards and dry docks, innumerable fishing boats and trawlers,both Icelandic and foreign, is a memorable sight. Further south, we drive along the desolate Vatnsleysustr÷nd (The Waterless coast), towards the villages of Vogar and Innri-Njar­vÝk, where we have the possibility to visit a 19th century fishermen's shed.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of the busy Reykjanesbraut highway, we will steer towards a quiet country lane leading to the tiny village of Hafnir, where we will visit an interesting aquarium which has recently been established there.Further along this lane,we will arrive at Stˇra-SandvÝk creek which shows some unmistakeable signs (faults and fissures) of being the place where the North-Atlantic Ridge emerges from the ocean and comes ashore.
Arriving at the tip of the Reykjanes peninsula itself, our attention first of all be drawn to the tremendous amount of geothermal energy which is present there, and man's attemps to capture it. First of all, the tall Reykjanes lighthouse catches our eyesight, but we will head straight for the cliff where the old lighthouse used to stand, and from there take in the incomparable view of the gannet island Eldey on the horizon, the busy shipping traffic in the channel, and the ever present birdlife in the cliffs up close.
Viewing the entrance to the port of GrindavÝk will bring home the truth, even to the most hardened landlubbers, that seafaring in Iceland, even at the best of times, is a hazardous undertaking, but the generally opulent aspect of the town also attests to the fact that, if everything goes well, the reaps are plentiful.
Finally, we will wind up this tour by admiring the geothermal plant at Svartsengi and by going to have a soothing bath at the famous Blue Lagoon. Return to ReykjavÝk thereafter.
Duration of tour: 4-5 hours ,
Departures: 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.;daily by request Price per person, (for 4 passengers or more):
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Services included: Transportation and guidance.

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