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Best of Reykjanes Peninsula August 15-22

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  • Lunaresque The Reykjanes Nature Reserve is home to views like this one. Photo Courtesy of Visitreykjanes.is

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

 

Reykjanes Nature Reserve
The Reykjanes Nature Reserve is about 300 square km in size and is by far the largest nature reserve in Iceland. It is bordered in the east by the districts of Gullbringa and Árnessýsla and in the north it connects with the Bláfjöll nature reserve. The western borders of the nature reserve are west of Undirhlíðar and Núpshlíðarháls hill and a straight line to the sea at Selatangar, a former fishermens´ station. The southernmost borders follow the coastline. The nature reserve is also home to Kleifarvatn lake, a great site unspoiled by man. The land is very hilly, two very distinctive ridges cut through the landscape. Some say that parts of the reserve look similar to the moon because of the desolate nature of area.

The Bridge Between Continents
Did you know that Iceland is drifting apart at almost 2 cm per year? Our country is located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; therefore, the location on the tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula is the only place in the world where you can see the ridge rise above sea level, signifying the boundary between Europe and North America. At The Bridge Between Continents, you can observe the tectonic plates drifting apart from each other in a worldly experience that allows you to set foot in two different continents. The bridge is located About 7km south of Hafnir by road 425.

Extra Note: If you complete the walk over the bridge, you can obtain a certificate that confirms you have completed The Bridge Between Continents. This certificate is available at the tourist information offices in Reykjanes.

Duus Rib Safari
You can join in on the Icelandic adventure with sight-seeing from Duus Ribs Safari in Keflavik. Rib’s boat rides, whale and bird watching, great food and other entertain can be expected upon your visit to Keflavik for this authentic experience. Be sure to bring your friends because a minimum of six people are required for each trip. Experience your first real-life whale sighting with Duus Ribs Safari in Keflavik, Iceland located a short drive from the airport.

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