The gate to geothermal wonders
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa may be the superstar of local hotspots but near Keflavík HI Hostel there are numerous other geological wonders to explore and admire. Craters, lava and solfatara fields stretch out over the entire peninsula and stunning ocean views are to be enjoyed along the coast. The town offers both town life with museums, restaurants and a thermal pool and proximity to reclusive areas.
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At Keflavík (Reykjanesbær)
- The harbour area is often quite busy with fishing boats and other vessels. Duus hús (Duus House) located by the harbour is the Art and Cultural Centre of Keflavík. The centre accommodates the local museum, concert halls and halls for various cultural activities. We recommend Kaffi Duus after enjoying a walk by the harbour and the culture Duus hús has to offer.
- The outdoor geothermal pool in Keflavík is exceptionally good with four hot pots, a water slide, 50 m indoor swimming pool and great facilities for children. Well worth the visit, especially after recovering from or preparing for a flight.
- Visit the Viking World exhibition; with a settlement farm animal zoo, a playground and an outdoor classroom. The biggest attraction is a magnificent Viking ship modelled on an authentic ninth century ship and sailed to New York in 2000 as part of the millennial celebration of Leifur Eiríksson's journey to the New World.
At the Keflavík Area
- Keflavík HI Hostel is located on the southern shore of the Reykjanes peninsula which is a true paradise for all lovers of volcanology. The Mid-Atlantic ridge comes ashore on the peninsula, as a part of a 65,000 km mid-ocean ridge that encircles the earth like a seam of a baseball. Most of it lies deep below the surface of the ocean, but it rises above sea level on the peninsula, making it one of very few places on earth where it is visible. It is home to many important geological formations, some of which are utterly unique, including numerous types of volcanoes in at least four separate volcanic zones, with hundreds of open fissures and faults.
- Drive or cycle to Reykjanestá and explore the spectacular lighthouse, hot springs, lava fields, black beaches – for example Sandvík where the Clint Eastwood film The Flags of our Fathers was filmed. You can see the earth boiling at Gunnuhver and take in the magnificent coastline and dramatic breaking waves by the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, and finally step out on the “Bridge Between the Continents” which connects the American and Eurasian tectonic plates - all while surrounded with the breathtaking scenery of the Reykjanes peninsula.
- Outdoor enthusiasts should not miss the chance to visit the town of Garður and Sandgerði as they travel around the Reykjanes Peninsula. Located in proximity to prime fishing grounds, these two villages offer a lot to see. Garðskagi provides magnificent sea views and two picturesque lighthouses. The area is known for its diverse birdlife, seals and dolphins that sometimes swim near the shore, white sand beaches and an interesting heritage museum with a collection of old machines on display. A tour to Garður and Sandgerði is well worth the drive and is an ideal distance for a half or full day bicycle ride.
- The Blue Lagoon is sometimes referred to as Iceland's Eiffel Tower. As different from a tower as possible, however, this is the single most popular place that travellers to Iceland like to visit. This otherworldly place in a magnificent black lava field, the milky-teal Blue Lagoon is fed water from the Svartsengi geothermal area and filled with people daubed in white silica mud. Pre-booking is essential. The lagoon is about a 15 minutes' drive from the Keflavík HI hostel. A drive to the geothermal area at Krýsuvík is a good idea after the relaxation in the lagoon before heading back to Keflavík HI Hostel.