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Reykjanes Peninsula Day Tours

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Experience the beauty of the Reykjanes Peninsula, one of the most fascinating areas in Iceland, with a day tour from Reykjavik. This hand-picked selection of Reykjanes Peninsula Day Tours offers a unique opportunity to explore this incredible land of geothermal wonders, ethereal landscapes, and rich cultural history.

Lake Kleifarvatn
Lake Kleifarvatn

The Reykjanes Peninsula is experienced by most tourists as the road from Keflavik International Airport. The tarmac and lava fields are nice, but this road hardly does the Reykjanes Peninsula justice.

The Geldingardalur Volcano changed things a bit and created interest in the area. There are now several tours where you can see quite a lot in a single day from Reykjavik.

Photo Tours

These private photo tours of the Reykjanes Peninsula will offer you the chance to explore a vast, rugged landscape and experience Iceland’s unique geologic wonders. Witness the incredible volcanic and geothermal activity of the region while capturing the grandeur of its ethereal beauty with your camera.

Arctic Shots

  • 7-hour tour
  • 24-hour cancellation policy

photo-infused tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula This is a bespoke, private tour of Reykjanes that is run by professional photographers.

Lake Kleifarvatn. Arctic Shots.

North Pole Studio Photo Tour

  • 8-10 hours, approx.
  • 24 hour cancellation policy

This private tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula is with a professional photographer.

  • Gunnuhver Hot Springs
  • Reykjanes Lighthouse
  • Eldvörp
  • Valahnukamol
  • Grindavik
  • Fagradalsfjall Volcano Eruptions: 2023, 2022, 2021
  • Seltún Geothermal Area
  • Kleifarvatn Lake

Private Tours of Reykjanes

In addition to its natural features, these private tours will allow you to explore the region’s proud cultural history at your own pace. Learn about the myths and folklore surrounding the legends of Reykjanes and experience the vibrant culture of the area. Take in the stunning views of the volcano at Eldvörp and the renowned Blue Lagoon.

  • 6-hour tour
  • 24-hour cancellation policy

These private tours are flexible for your needs and interests. They both include the bridge between continents, the Gunnuhver geothermal zone, the blue lagoon, and much more.

Kleifarvatn lake
Hoping for the aurora that never arrived! Kleifarvatn at night.

Small Group Tours

On a Reykjanes Peninsula small group tour, you’ll explore sites like the Seltún Geothermal Area, the UNESCO-listed Krafla Lava Fields, Lake Kleifarvatn, and the Moonlight Valley. There’s also the opportunity to stop by various interesting artefacts and monuments along the way, such as the Gunnuhver Hot Springs, the lighthouse at Reykjanesviti, and the spectacular Brimilsstaðir Stone Age Settlement.

These small group tours will show you the geological wonders of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Seasons & Access

The Reykjanes Peninsular is well maintained to support the airport, fishing, geothermal energy, and local skiing.

Spring: some of the mountain roads become available. The northern lights are good until early April.

Summer: it doesn’t get dark (unless you explore a lava cave). The light can get too harsh in the middle of the day. I recommend late afternoon or evening for the best photography. Bird-life is very strong. Camping temperatures are comfortable.

Autumn: Auroras start at the end of August. Fauna colours can be amazing on the lava fields. Surprise snowstorms can occur, adding to the drama.

Winter: some locations might become difficult to get to. The light is great all day, so head out of Reykjavik when it’s dark and come back when it’s dark. Northern lights are possible throughout the winter.

Reykjanes Highlights

For me, the natural highlights of the Reykjanes peninsula are its volcanic landscape and dramatic coastline. This is the youngest part of Iceland and the site of the most recent volcanic eruption.

Lake Kleifaratn is a volcanic lake and used to be the deepest lake in Iceland. The lake is unique because it has no rivers leading into or leading out of it. The lake is instead fed by lava tubes, which create a network throughout Iceland.

Close to Kleifarvatn is a volatile geothermal zone known as Seltun. Here you can see bubbling hot springs with a variety of colours and lots of steam.

Geothermal Area Seltun Heated is a photograph by Martin Zwick on Pixels.

Around the coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula are many historical lighthouses, fishing villages, and dramatic cliffs. One of the more famous fishing villages is Grindavik which offers nice lunches for seafood fans.

Krysuvikurgerg – red cliffs on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
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