Reykjanesbær is a young and vibrant town on the Reykjanes peninsula. It serves as the main center of service and recreation for the Reykjanes area. Keflavik harbor is located in the town center. Local shopping, restaurants and the “old town of Keflavik” are within an easy walking distance along with a variety of experiences.
Located next to Iceland’s main international airport, and inside the Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark, Reykjanesbær offers great opportunities for combining turnarounds with a visit to the geological wonders of the Geopark, the local museums and exhibitions or local recreation such as walking paths and Water World swimming pool.
The Reykjanes peninsula as well as Reykjanesbær boasts of diverse recreational options and has a rich music tradition and colorful culture events based on natural forces that have shaped the cultural seen trough out the centuries. In town you will find characters such as Giganta in the cave, a character from a children’s story and the stone trolls that lurk all around. Reykjanesbær houses The Viking World Museum, The Icelandic Museum of Rock & Roll and at the Duus Museum and cultural center you can find the Reykjanes heritage museum and the Reykjanes art museum. Events in everything from local art to concerts and town festivals span the whole year.
The Reykjanes Geopark is recognized by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Geoparks are areas where sites and landscapes that are of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.
The Reykjanes Geopark lies on major tectonic plate boundaries along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, part of the 65,000km mid-ocean ridge that encircles the earth.
Although 90% of this mountain range lies deep below the surface of the ocean, it rises above sea-level right here on the Reykjanes Peninsula, making this one of the only places on earth where it is visible.
The Eurasian and American tectonic plates are drifting apart by about 2-2,5 centimeters each year.
Among the many attractions in the area is the Bridge between Continents, a walkway over a fissure between the two tectonic plates, offering a chance to walk from Europe to America in a symbolic geological sense.
As part of the geological resources in the geopark the renowned Blue Lagoon is an example of how the excess resource streams from the geothermal power plants are utilized to the fullest extent possible.
Excess resource streams have been used by an incredibly varied range of businesses, such as the Blue Lagoon, cosmetics manufacturers, biotechnology companies and aquaculture.
These are the same resources that are used for such mundane things as heating houses, swimming pools and of course the geothermal hotpots.
The geothermal activity in the area can be breathtakingly witnessed at the Gunnuhver area, a grouping of bubbling mud and steam springs coming up through the soil with its impressive sights and sounds.
Leaving visitors with a clear sense of the natural energy in the area.
Surrounded by a lava field and old volcanic craters the area offers visitors an experience of a different kind of nature than they are used to.
- Popular tours
- Blue Lagoon
- Reykjanes Peninsula
- Reykjanes Geopark Tour
|Tidal movement||4,2 m|
Maximum ship dimensions
|Draft||6,5 - 13 m|
|Air draft||No restrictions|
|Tugboats||Yes, up to 40 t pull up on request|
|Type of bottom||Clay|
|Minimum depth||20 m|
|Distance from anchorage to tender pier||1,5 NM|
|Shuttle services||Yes, if needed|
|Terminal building for passengers||No|
|Currency exchange||Yes, in local bank|
|ATM||Yes, in local bank|
|Mailboxes||Yes, at the post office|
|City centre||700 m|
|Airport||International airport 5 km / Domestic airport 55 km|
|Visiting address||Víkurbraut 11, 230 Reykjanesbær, Iceland|
|Contact person||Halldór K Hermannsson|
|Mobile||+354 897 6300|
|Fax||+354 420 3229|