I’m back from my Icelandic trip !! I’m sorry for the lack of comments, but I was fully enjoying this trip and internet was really scarce.
From Keflavik to Grindavik… exploring Reykjanes peninsula
The flight left Manchester airport and we arrived in Iceland 1 hour and half later. The guy from the renting car agency was waiting for us at the customs with a sign with our names on it. Simple and efficient ! We picked up our SUZUKI Jimny Jeep and our wonderful adventure began !!
We headed straight for Reykjanes peninsula to enjoy as much as possible the lunar landscape of this area for the rest of the afternoon. First stop was at Hafnaberg Cliffs.
To get there from the Keflavik Airport terminal, we drove 6 km on Rd. 41 and turned right onto Rd. 44 at the sign for Hafnir (Rd. 44 merges into Rd. 425 in Hafnir). There was a parking area on the right with a trail sign that says “Hafnabergi” and from there we walked for about 1 hour to the bird cliff. The cliff is made of of basaltic layers of lava which form ledges in the cliff surface, ideal for bird nesting. It is a popular spot among bird watchers and we managed to spot some sea birds, but no puffins this time.
On our way to Grindavik, on East of Rd. 425, 2 km South of the parking area for the Hafnaberg Cliffs, we drove next to the Bridge Between Continents. The European and American plates meet there and a small footbridge was built on top of a major fissure, as a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America….. but basically, it is a thin steel span in the middle of nowhere. Not very impressive, so we didn’t really stop there but saw it from the car.
We arrived in Grindavik, a fishing town on the South coast of the Reykjanes peninsula. By far the most famous attraction of Grindavík is the Blue lagoon, the well-known Icelandic geothermal spa. Since we went there the last time we visited Iceland, we decided not to go there this time (regarding the price). If you have not been there before, you must go ! This is a truly unique experience :-)
Next stop… Krysuvik Cliffs !