Impressive Geysers And Hot Springs To Visit From Keflavik
The land of fire and ice is a country full of natural beauty. Iceland brings in thousands of tourists each year with the amount exceeding its total population. From the volcanic ash beaches to the dancing Aurora Borealis, Iceland has unique landscape ready to charm its visitors.
One of the main airports into Iceland is the Keflavik International Airport. Visitors all around the world’s Icelandic journey begins in the small town of Keflavik about 45 minutes drive from the capital, Reykjavik. To fully experience the allure of Iceland, you can rent a car and see the country at your own pace (compare rates between local rental car companies here). The scale of the island makes a perfect road trip destination taking just 12 hours to drive around the country. It has a great driving infrastructure with the ‘Ring Road’ connecting most areas granting access to curious visitors.
Iceland’s geology means that it posses some of the most unique and fascinating natural phenomena. The country is famous for its geothermal hot springs and geysers due to the land’s volcanic activity.
Below are some of the most interesting and picturesque locations for the thermal wonders of the land of volcanos.
Iceland’s top visited sites is the Great Geysir. Around 2 hours away from Keflavik, it is one of the greatest natural attraction in the country. While the huge body of hot spring is now dormant, eruptions that could reach up to 60 to 80 meters high, were frequent until recent times. The place is now a site for a body of water that spews colorful mud pots, and hot and cold springs.
A trip to the Great Geysir is incomplete without visiting Strokkur. Strokkur is a much more active geysir that treats its visitors with frequent eruptions that can reach a height of up to 20 meters. It erupts every 4-10 minutes and is only one of the few active geysers left in the world today. It is located in the same area as the Great Geysir taking around 2 hours to travel from Keflavik.
Haukadalur is a huge thermal lake nestled in a crater-like body. The shades of blue and the lingering steam create a scenic atmosphere, especially when viewed from a good vantage point. Due to its intense heat of around boiling point, it is not suitable for people to bathe in this lake. It has a visitor center on site if you want to learn more about the geothermal hot spring and grab a bite to eat.
Landmannalaugar is a popular hiking spot with a charming backdrop of colorful landscape and a large body of geothermal hot spring. It is only accessible during the summer months and the journey is as exciting as the destination as you will need to go off the beaten path and cross rivers. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm water to refresh your body after a long hike in the mountains. A journey from Keflavik takes around 3 and a half hours.