Get to know the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark which includes a visit to the ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition in Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, the geothermal areas Krysuvik and Gunnuhver, dramatic coastlines and a shipwreck near the small fishing village Grindavik.
About 30 minutes away from Reykjavik, we will stop at the ON Geothermal Energy Exhibition (admission included), where we get to explore the utilization 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 Krysuvik includes solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots, and hot springs and sulfur 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 meters wide. Grindavik, 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 pre-booked ticket to the Blue Lagoon after the tour will be dropped off there.
We recommend booking the 17:00 admission. Tour duration: 09:00 - 17:00
Please be at your pickup location in time for your
departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop
and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in
your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider
Pick-up from and return to your accommodation in Reykjavik
All safety gear (helmets, harness, etc.)
Small refreshments (soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets)
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