If you want to have that absolute last-minute surprise, try visiting the Reykjanes Peninsula before you leave. Or you could do it on arrival and get a taste of what’s on offer in Iceland.
Reykjanes Peninsula is a UNESCO Geopark with the special feature of being part of the meeting point of two continents, North America and Europe. At the Bridge between Continents, you can see the plates separating above sea-level, joined by a steel bridge (for now).
If you are interested in art exhibitions and handcraft galleries, Reykjanes Peninsula is alive with art and culture and is known for its designers. Find out more about your favourite Icelandic band by visiting the Icelandic Museum of Rock’n’Roll in Keflavík. The Icelandic Saltfish Museum in Grindavík is also a good stop after a dip in the Blue Lagoon. There is a cosy coffee shop in Grindavík called Bryggjan, which has a wonderful display of fishing history as its décor.
The peninsula consists of an ancient moss-covered lava field stretching for miles and filled with natural treasures hidden in the terrain. A must-stop for most visitors is the Blue Lagoon, situated on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This man-made spa of milky-blue water is just one of the many experiences offered on the way to the airport. Take your time to visit the geothermal sites of Seltún and the steamy Gunnuhver with their boiling mud pits of differing colours. You could also take the coastal route and experience the powerful Atlantic ocean along the rugged, breathtaking coastline.
Reykjanes Peninsula has dramatic cliff faces alive with bird life, amazing rock formations and interesting lighthouses. Check out the lighthouse close to Gunnuhver for a taste of spaciousness. Reykjanes consists of mountains, lakes and panoramic views and is the playground for hikers and bikers and lovers of nature. There are great walking trails and 4×4 tracks on the peninsula. In fact, this Geopark has 55 geosites to visit.
It might be that last surprise you were looking for before you leave.
For more information go to www.visitreykjanes.is