Reykjanes Peninsula attractions

Top Choice Museum in Keflavík & Njarðvík

Víkingaheimar

At the eastern end of Njarðvík's waterfront, the spectacular Víkingaheimar is a Norse exhibition centre built in one beautiful, sweeping architectural gesture. The centrepiece is the 23m-long Íslendingur, an exact r…
Hot Springs in Reykjanesfólkvangur Reserve

Seltún

The volatile geothermal field Austurengjar, about 2km south of Kleifarvatn, is often called Krýsuvík after the nearby abandoned farm. At Seltún, the main sight, boardwalks meander round a cluster of seething hot spr…
Lake in Reykjanesfólkvangur Reserve

Kleifarvatn

This deep, brooding lake sits in a volcanic fissure, surrounded by wind-warped lava cliffs and black-sand shores. A walking trail runs around the edge, offering dramatic views and the crunch of volcanic cinders unde…
Natural Feature in Southwestern Reykjanes

Gunnuhver

Boardwalks allow visitors to get close to the eerie Gunnuhver site, which is filled with vigorously bubbling mud pools and billowing steam. Some observation areas get frighteningly close to the smoking geothermal ac…
Natural Feature in Southwestern Reykjanes

Valahnúkur

These strangely shaped cliffs and hardened volcanic ash layers were formed in an eruption in the early 1900s. The formations are named tuffs, and consist of volcanic glass, which is the result of 1200°C magma coolin…
Museum in Sandgerði

Sudurnes Science & Learning Center

This scientific learning centre has a fascinating exhibit about Polar explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot, whose ship Pourquois Pas? wrecked near here in 1936 (all but one sailor perished). There are original artefacts f…
Sculpture in Keflavík & Njarðvík

Giantess

To the northeast of Keflavík's harbour sits the larger-than-life Giantess, a giant troll character from Herdís Egilsdóttir’s children’s books. A local art collective created the enormous figure, who sits in a rockin…
Museum in Keflavík & Njarðvík

Duushús

In a long red warehouse by the harbour, Duushús is Keflavík’s historic cultural centre. There’s a permanent exhibition of around 60 of Grímur Karlsson’s many hundreds of miniature ships, made over a lifetime, as wel…
Museum in Keflavík & Njarðvík

Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll

This museum delves into the history of the awesome Icelandic music scene, from Björk to Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men. Admission includes a walking-guide app with music. There's also the Music Hall of Fame, inst…
Lake in Reykjanesfólkvangur Reserve

Grænavatn

Just to the north of the Seltún hot springs, this lake is an old explosion crater filled with gorgeous teal water, caused by a combination of minerals and warmth-loving algae. The gravel road to the lake may only be…