THE GEOTHERMAL AREA OF KRISUVIK AND VIKING MUSEUM
Sightseeing, Nature excursion
From the geothermal area of Krysuvik to the Viking Museum of Njardvik, we discover the natural riches and historical heritage of this diverse island.
What we will see
- Hafnarfjordur, a picturesque village in true Viking style
- Lake Kleifarvatn to take thrilling photographs
- Krysuvik and Seltún, steps away from the geysers
- Njardvik Viking museum
What we will do
- Our itinerary begins with an enjoyable visit to the picturesque town of Hafnarfjordur, built on the bed of an old lava flow.
- We continue along the banks of the enchanting lake Kleifarvatn, one of the deepest in Iceland. Legend has it that a snake-like creature the size of a whale dwells in the depths of the lake. We'll make a brief stop to take unforgettable photos of this magnificent location.
- Next we head for the geothermal fields of Krysuvik where we visit the gurgling sulphurous springs of Seltún. The wooden walkways allow visitors to bypass the muddy, sulphurous pits in complete safety, witnessing the spectacle of highly powerful geysers of moderate hight. The temperature beneath the surface reaches 200°C and water emerges boiling from the earth.
- Having crossed the extraordinary volcanic plateau of Reykjanes, we enter the lively fishing village of Grindavik.
- We move on to the lava-covered Reykjanes peninsula until we reach the suburbs of the town of Njardvik, home to the Viking museum which hosts the Islendingur, a fully functioning copy of a Viking ship that could transport a crew of 70 men. The Islendingur is 23 metres long, 5.25 metres wide and weighs approximately 80 tonnes. In the year 2000, to commemorate a thousand years of travel and explorations by his compatriots to the coasts of North America, shipwright Gunnar Eggertsson took the ship on a journey to the other side of the Atlantic and back.
- On our return journey we once again cross the lava fields of Reykjanes, cameras at the ready.
What you need to know
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
- The excursion is not recommended for disabled individuals or those who have mobility problems as various locations on the itinerary do not have suitable access for wheelchairs and disabled people.