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KVIKAN - House of Culture and Natural Resources

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In order to enjoy a couple of visits to the Blue Lagoon it makes a lot of  sense to stay overnight in the nearby fishing community of Grindavík, on
the south side of the Reykjanes peninsula, Grindavik is worth a visit on its own. This is a pleasant area to do some hiking (for all levels), followed by a refreshing swim at the local pool. Settled in the year 934, the town has remained one of the main sources of salted fish in Iceland. Now there are approximately 2500 inhabitants, most of whom base their livelihoods on fishing and fish-related industries.
Grindavík's illustrious history goes back to when it was a major trading centre during the Middle Ages in the booming Hanseatic period. It was raided by pirates many times and has been the site of many ship- wrecks over the ages. There is a statue dedicated to the families of local fishermen lost at sea, but even more poignant are the remains of two more recent shipwrecks and their memorials along a circular hike around the town. There is still an active fishing fleet in Grindavík and most of their catches go to the local factory that specialises in processing salted fish for export.
In the late 19th century, salted fish was to Iceland what oil is to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the image of a golden cod was on Iceland's original coat of arms. As you stroll along one of the best harbours in Iceland, you will arrive at the Icelandic Saltfish Museum, where you can learn more about the industry that is an important element in Iceland's economic development and prosperity. It opened in 2002 and is dedicated to the history of the salt fish, with a vividly depicted exhibition on the struggle for survival, which is a metaphor for the country as well as the salt fish industry.
The saltfishmuseum is located only a few minutes away from the Blue Lagoon. Visitors are guided through the museum with a CD player and
can choose between Icelandic, English, German and French. Caféteria.

Opening hours Week days: Saturdays: Sundays:
May 15th - September 15th 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
September 16th - May 14th 10:00-17:00 11:00-17:00 11:00-17:00
Also open on request for groups.

KVIKAN - House of Culture and Natural Resources

KVIKAN - House of Culture and Natural Resources

In order to enjoy a couple of visits to the Blue Lagoon it makes a lot of  sense to stay overnight in the nearby fishing community of Grindavík, onthe
Magma, House of Culture and Natural Resources

Magma, House of Culture and Natural Resources

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Papa´s Pizza

Papa´s Pizza

Friendly family restaurant where we also offer take away and home delivery. We specialise in fish'n'chips and pizza. We are located in the center of t
VIGT

VIGT

VIGT is an interior design studio formed by a mother and three daughters. Our common interest is derived from our experience in the interior furnishin
Fish House Bar and Grill

Fish House Bar and Grill

Fish House is a nice family-run restaurant that offers fish processed and caught locally along with grill food.   We offer a nice and relaxed atmosphe
Guesthouse Borg

Guesthouse Borg

Guesthouse Borg is in the center of Grindavik on the coner of Vikurbraut and Borgarhraun. Our guesthouse has a homely atmosphere and makes you feel at
Bryggjan Grindavík

Bryggjan Grindavík

Bryggjan Grindavik is a Fisherman’s Cafe/Restaurant by the Grindavik Harbour in South West Iceland. The building was originally built in 1980 a by
Grindavík Library

Grindavík Library

The public library in Grindavík has a good selection of books and other materials available.
Church of Grindavík

Church of Grindavík

The Church in Grindavík was taken into use in 1982, but its preparation began in 1966, Ragnar Emilsson was the architect who designed the church. The
The Old Church in Grindavík

The Old Church in Grindavík

The old church in Grindavík was consecrated in 1909 and was in use until 12th of september in 1982 when it was desecrated. From 1989 to 2001 the curch
The Happy Sailor in Grindavík

The Happy Sailor in Grindavík

A family and port festival is held annually in Grindavík in the beginningof june. Held on the seamens´day week end, it is an entertainingfestivity whi
Grindavik

Grindavik

Grindavík, a family-oriented village, is one of the nations strongest fishing industry townships, and home to well established processing plants and a
Grindavík Swimming pool

Grindavík Swimming pool

Address: Austurvegi 1Tel: +354 426 7555   Two hot tubs, one with jet massage Cold pot Sauna Children's pool Waterslide
Salthúsið Restaurant

Salthúsið Restaurant

Enjoy Icelandic cuisine in a warm and inviting log house.  You can call it bacalao, salted cod or morue, the cod fish was once so important to Iceland
Hjá Höllu

Hjá Höllu

Hjá Höllu is a health food restaurant located at Gate C at Keflavik Airport and in the town Grindavík, only a few minutes away from the Blue Lagoon. 
Kristinsson handmade

Kristinsson handmade

For many years Kristinsson has given homes charm with his high-quality interior and furniture made of unadulterated wood straight from nature. His sto
Grindavík Campsite

Grindavík Campsite

Grindavík opened a brand new State of the Art campground facility in the summer of 2009 at Austurvegur 26. The campground is a pleasure-fest for the f
The "Turkish" raid.

The "Turkish" raid.

In the year 1627, pirates from Algiers raided Iceland. They first attacked the Westman Islands, then arrived at Grindavík on June 20. The Algerian pir
Hopsnes

Hopsnes

The spit on which you are standing is named Hópsnes on the west side and Þórkötlustaðanes on the east side. The spit is 2 km long and 1 km wide and wa
4x4 Adventures Iceland

4x4 Adventures Iceland

4x4 Adventures Iceland is located just a 5 min. drive from the Blue Lagoon and is specialized in receiving small and large groups of people.  Just get
Ströndin vestan Grindavíkur

Ströndin vestan Grindavíkur

Protected coastline because of birdlife, marine biology and rifts.  Location is west of Grindavik by road 425.
Midsummer night hike in Þorbjörn

Midsummer night hike in Þorbjörn

Annually, The Blue Lagoon and the town of Grindavík sponsor a Midsummer night hike on the mountain Þorbjörn. On the top of the mountain there is enter
Mt Thorbjorn

Mt Thorbjorn

A free standing, hyaloclastite mountain north of Grindavik. It offers great panoramic view over most of the Reykjanes Peninsula on fine days. The nor
Gallow Cliffs near Hagafell

Gallow Cliffs near Hagafell

Cliffs known as Gallows Cliffs or Hanging Rocks. The cliffs were used to execute thieves captured in Þorbjarnarfell according to an old folk story.
Hrólfsvík - Xenolithes

Hrólfsvík - Xenolithes

A well known locality for xenolithes. Xenolithesa are gabbroic crystal aggregates related to the host magma. The source of the lava is not known nor
Grindavík Golf club

Grindavík Golf club

Golf course name: Number of holes: Par: Húsatóftavöllur 13 71

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Arctic Horses Hópsheiði 7 240 Grindavík 848-0143
Bruin Restaurant Hafnargötu 26 240 Grindavík 4267080
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Hjördís Rósa Halldórsdóttir / Líferni Efstahraun 7 240 Grindavík 661-7041
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Volcano Tours Víkurbraut 2 240 Grindavík 426-8822