NAT: Around Iceland

Hægri Vinstri


South West Iceland

Area 829 km2 (320 sq mi)
Population  29000
Density 24.5/km2 (63/sq mi)

Map of Southwest Iceland

The Reykjanes peninsula is made up of 5 municipalities; Gardur, Grindavik, Reykjanesbaer, Sandgerdi and Vogar, with the biggest one being Reykjanesbaer. There are around twenty thousand inhabitants on the peninsula in total.

One of the most famous attractions on Reykjanes peninsula is the Blue Lagoon, near to Grindavik.

Reykjanes peninsula is a Geopark and the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level. The Reykjanes Geopark has 55 areas listed as geosites, such as Gunnuhver mud pool, Eldey island, Kleifarvatn lake and Reykjanes lighthouse.

On March 19.mars 2021 an eruption started just north west of the hiking trail Sudurlandsvegur (R-427) to Mt. Fagradalsfjall. Earthquakes and tremours had been monitored for few weeks be for the eruption.
You can see a film from the third day of the eruption taken by Runar Geirmundsson Eldgos á Reykjanesi.
August 3th 2022 ups!! an eruption started again near Fagradalsfjalli

Last volcanic eruption on July 10th 2023.

Reykjanes eruption number four started December 18th 2023 and paused December 22nd 2023.
Reykjanes eruption number five started January 14th 2024 and paused one week later !!!

Volcanic eruptions in Iceland

Quick reference travel guide Reykjanes
Reykjanes Saga Trail
Keflavik (Reykjavik) International Airport
Map Reykjanes area
Angling Reykjanes
Saga trail Reykjanes

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Reykjanes in Icelandic

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