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What to do if you have little time : Blue Lagoon
It is a must when coming to Iceland : Keflavik International Airport is located on the Reykjanes peninsula. But this peninsula is also world famous for its relaxing Blue Lagoon. And it is true that at Blue Lagoon one feels a real pleasure to bathe in hot water while outside it is much cooler. There is of course not only Blue Lagoon on this peninsula but the other sights to see are less relaxing.
1 to 2 hours
From 60€ per person
Very crowdy pool with blue hot water around 104°F. Quite expansive entry : 60€ per person, towels included. It's a nice swimming, but, in our opinion, not worth the one, more friendly and less crowdy, in Jardbodin Vid Myvatn. That said, Blue Lagoon is a must when arriving or leaving Iceland. Pre-booking is required.
Access : from Keflavik international airport, count 14,2 miles and from Reykjavik, 29,2 miles. On the main highway going from Keflavik to Reykjavik (road 41), turn at the sign indicating Blue Lagoon and drive for about 6,2 miles.
Seltun / Krisuvik
A few thousands feet
Geothermal field with boiling water, with great colors and a strong smell of rotten eggs ! The visit of this site can be done in around 30 minutes.
Access : On the main highway going from Reykjavik to Keflavik (road 41), turn left on road 42 and follow the sign indicating Krysuvik. You'll be arrive in 13 miles.
Stora-Sandvik is a beach of black sand and moss dunes.
Access : from Keflavik, follow the roads 41 and 44 south for 14 miles. Park at the GPS point N63°51'34.5" W22°40'43.4" and continue on foot for 15 minutes or if your car allows it, continue on the track to the parking near the beach.
Bru Milli Heimsalfa
Bridge whom particularity is to have one end on the American tectonic plate and the other on the Eurasian plate.
Access : from Keflavik, follow the roads 41 and 44 south for 14 miles. Park at the GPS point N63°51'59.3" W22°40'34.4". The parking is indicated.
Church of Krysuvikurkirkja
Small black wooden church from the 19th century isolated in the middle of nowhere. It burned down in 2010 and was rebuilt in 2020.
Access : from Grindavik, take road 427 east for 14 miles, then turn left on road 42 for 2 miles. You will see the church on your left.
Kleifarvatn and Graenavatn Lakes
Graenavatn Lake is an ancient crater filled with green water due to the presence of algae. Make a stop there if you are in the area, but no need to make a detour only for that.
Kleifarvatn Lake is bigger. Its more classic water color makes it less interesting than Graenavatn.
Access : from Seltun (see access above), continue on the road 42 southward for 0,8 mile to lake Graenavatn. For Kleifarvatn, from Seltun, take the road 42 north for 2,8 miles.
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