Reykjanes - Southwest Iceland - Travel guide

As the largest international airport in Iceland is situated at the western end of the Reykjanes peninsula this area is usually the first introduction to Iceland for most tourists. It may seem a desolate, gloomy, rainy place and it is, but it is so much more. So don't hurry to much to Reykjavík for there are many things to enjoy on the Reykjanes peninsula proper. 

The Blue Lagoon

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The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is an other worldly lagoon with heavenly blue water surrounded by lava on all sides. It is the most popular tourist destination in Iceland.

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Krísuvík geothermal area

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Krísuvík - hot springs

Often missed by tourists in Iceland this little gem offers all the colors of the rainbow along with hot springs and the occasional earthquake

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Weather in Iceland

Keilir - Iceland Tourist Information
Keilir Mountain


Keilir is a pyramid-shaped tuff mountain on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It is visible from Reykjavík where Reykjanes can be seen and is very popular for hiking.


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Cities and towns

Reykjavík
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The capital of Iceland. Famous for its old corrugated iron cladded timber frame buildings, the music scene, café's and seafood restaurants. Infamous for its nightlife. Reykjavík is the largest city in Iceland.

Garður
Garður occupies the tip of the toe of Reykjanes peninsula (the peninsula resembles a boot in shape). It's a little fishing village but don't let that fool you there is plenty to see.
Grindavík
Grindavík is situated on the south coast of Reykjanesskagi and is in close
 proximity to the Blue Lagoon. Grindavík is an important fishing centre and is the home to the 
Hafnarfjörður
Well known for its active arts scene Hafnarfjörður is the second fiddle as cities go in the capital area. Hafnarfjörður is home to the Cinematic Museum and the Viking Village which is well worth a visit.
Keflavík
The cradle of Icelandic pop music during the 60's and 70's. Home to the form USA Army base, now revamped as an innovation center and university, and the international airport.
Sandgerði
A small fishing village at the western end of the Reykjanesskagi peninsula. From Sandgerði you can sail on a direct line all the way to the north pole.