The wild and windy Reykjanes peninsula

Iceland‘s not renowned for its good weather, but quite frankly, who cares when the scenery is so good? However, when you read that the south western corner of the country known as the Reykjanes peninsula is the windiest part of the country, you know you’ll need to brace yourself for more than a bit of blustery buffeting when you visit Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland. That’s not to say you shouldn’t go – this part of Iceland has two fantastic attractions that you’d be a fool to miss.

Iceland is located right on top of a plate boundary. The mighty North American tectonic plate is pulling apart from the huge Eurasian plate at a rate of only a few centimetres a year, but the resultant cleft in the landscape is obvious to see, ripping across Iceland in a diagonal scar that bisects the nation. Located midway between the tiny settlements of Grindavik and Reykjanesbær and accessed via the 425, it’s easy to find. However, you’ll best wise to get a car or motorhome rental as few tours head this way.

Leif the Lucky’s Bridge

From the car park, walk the short distance to Leif the Lucky’s bridge. It’s surrounded by raw and rough lava fields, a further reminder if you need one of how tectonic processes are shaping the place. This metal bridge spans the continental gap, so by crossing it, you can say you’ve walked from Europe to America. You can even pick up a certificate to mark the occasion at the Duushús in Reykjanesbær on your way back. The bridge is known locally as Leif the Lucky’s bridge after a man named Leif Ericson, the first Icelander to set foot in North America. If the wind is strong – and it often is in these parts – you’ll have to hang on tight to avoid following him.

Visit Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland: Leif the Lucky's bridge
Leif the Lucky’s bridge

The Blue Lagoon

The jewel in Reykjanes’ windswept crown is without a doubt the Blue Lagoon. In a country with an abundance of hot springs, this one is the undisputed main attraction when you visit Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland. Making good use of Iceland’s geothermal energy (you’ll see the power station in the background) the Blue Lagoon is a luxury spa at an affordable price. Luxuriate in naturally heated warm water and use the white silica mud to nourish your face and body. It works so well you’ll be sure to stock up with some to take home in the shop on your way out. There’s even a poolside bar if you want to be really decadent.

Located close to Keflavik airport, the Blue Lagoon is conveniently situated for a restorative dip if you’ve just got off a Trans-Atlantic flight or as a relaxing end to your Iceland holiday. They’ll even lend you a hairdryer and provide a suitcase-sized locker. It would seem they’ve thought of everything.

Visit Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland: The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon

About JuliaHammond


Julia Hammond is a Geography teacher turned travel writer with a passion for places. Winning Mail Travel's Deep South competition was the catalyst to write for a diverse range of publications including Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again. She’s written Kindle guides to Cape Town, Peru and London for Unanchor and advice on Savannah for Wanderlust. When not travelling, she can be found at home in Essex planning her next trip, her two golden retrievers curled up at her feet.

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