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Best of Reykjanes Peninsula August 1-8

By Staff

  • Rock on The Icelandic Rock and Roll Museum provides an in-depth look at Icelandic Music Culture. Photo from www.rokksafn.is/

This is the Reykjanes Peninsula section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.

 

The Icelandic Rock and Roll Museum in Reykjanesbær
The Icelandic Rock and Roll Museum will provide visitors with everything they could possibly want to know about the history of Icelandic music and the country‘s most historic bands. According to locals, Keflavik was once called the Liverpool of Iceland as a number of prominent musicians have gotten their start in the airport‘s town. Keflavik‘s music is heavily influenced by the American radio and TV culture as result of having the US military base located on the Reykjanes Peninsula for a number of years. Recently, Keflavik produced current international sensation, Of Monsters and Men, whose hit song “Little Talks” has been viewed more than 9 million times on youtube.

The Grindavik Harbor
Although the weather has been a bit cloudy and rainy so far this summer, there are still plenty of places to experience the many spectacular views that Iceland has to offer. One of these scenic viewing locations is the Grindavik Harbor, located near the Blue Lagoon in the fishing town of Grindavik. Come see the heart of the Icelandic fishing industry, first-hand, with numerous fishing ships entering and exiting the harbor on a daily basis. Furthermore, you can stop for lunch at the Grindavik Harbour Cafe to enjoy some seafood and a coffee, while taking in the scenery of the Harbor's surroundings.

Brimketill lavarock pool
Brimketill is a pool-shaped, lavarock formation that is located right along the coast in Grindavik. While the beautiful pool-like structure is amazing to look at, there are some brave souls that decide to take the plundge, and swim in the volcanic structure. The legend goes that a troll like woman, named Oddný, once occupied the pool. However, tourists are the primary occupants of the present day location. Below is a video of some individuals enjoying Brimketill, by swimming in the nature-made pool.

Brimketill - Reykjanesvirkjun - Swiming in Iceland, by Kjartan Sigurðsson

 

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