Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Seafood in Sandgerði

Vitinn

The nautical-themed Vitinn is not to be missed. A friendly team serves heaps of seafood (stored in tanks out back in the courtyard) in marine-fancy surrounds. The crab and shellfish bisque with a dollop of cream is …
Top Choice Cafe in Grindavík

Bryggjan

Facing the harbour front, in a block of warehouses, this adorable small cafe is decorated in fishing buoys, sailing memorabilia and framed photos. It serves up homemade lobster soup and cakes (carrot, apple, chocola…
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…
Icelandic in Blue Lagoon

LAVA Restaurant

The Blue Lagoon's cavernous dining room can feel like a function hall, but views to the lagoon are serene, the waitstaff are excellent and the menu features Iceland’s favourite dishes prepared with well-conceived re…
Bakery in Keflavík & Njarðvík

Kökulist

On the way out of town, a few minutes' walk from the Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, is this excellent bakery and cafe. It serves dozens of sweet pastries and cakes plus sandwiches and coffee in an earthy-toned m…
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…