A Day from Reykjavik:
Nature, Legends and Geothermal Energy.
Reykjanes is the peninsula closest to Reykjavík, making it an easy place to day-trip whether by bus or by car. It is also where the international airport at Keflavík lies, so you’re very likely to drive past at least some of it on your trip to Iceland. The peninsula is marked by endless lava fields and mountains in the distance, geothermal areas and cute little villages.
Starting out from Reykjavík, you’re likely to drive towards the town of Hafnarfjörður, where you might want to stop over and have a meal at the Viking Village. From there we recommend turning off the main road and heading over the road through the lava fields towards Kleifarvatn, a beautiful lake and a perfect place for a walk if the weather is nice. This leads you naturally to Krýsuvík, a geothermal hot spot where you’ll find numerous bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. From here, you might head east to Strandakirkja church, which according to legend was built by a sailor who stranded just off the coast but was rescued by an angel on the promise he would build a church where he washed ashore.
After this, travelling west along the peninsula and passing through Grindavík, you can stop by the Gunnuhver fumarole, where legend has it the murderous ghost Gunna was lured by a priest with a ball of yarn and still resides. In the same area you can visit Reykjanesviti lighthouse and walk along the dramatic sheer rock coastline, with a view over the unique island Eldey. Traveling north from here, stop by the Bridge Between the Continents before passing through Keflavík on your way to relax in the Blue Lagoon spa on your way back to the city.