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Thors Travel

Thors Travel is a small company and a licensed tour operator. We serve small groups of maximum eight persons per tour.

Our goal is to give our clients a good and joyful day in the unique nature of the Reykjanes Peninsula. We can also service stopover and transit passengers that might have five hours to spare in Iceland between flights.

About half of the Reykjanes peninsula is covered with lava. Here the Atlantic Ridge rises from the sea and goes through Iceland from south-west to northeast. In Iceland the two continental plates of Euro-Asia and North-America meet. In the twelfth and thirteen century there was a lot of volcanic activity all over the peninsula.

The Blue Lagoon is situated in a lava field named Illahraun that was formed in an eruption in the year 1226. The Blue Lagoon is the most famous place in this area. The bathing in the Lagoon is very nice and comfortable. Some say you will become some years younger after a bath, anyway it is very relaxing. Most of the mountains were made in eruptions under a thick glacier more than ten thousand years ago and many of them have the same direction as the big cracks that go through the Peninsula.

All around the Peninsula are very good fishing grounds. The biggest fishing place is the town of Grindavík, with about 2000 inhabitants. In Grindavík is the Saltfish Museum of Iceland. Salted or dried cod has since about the year 1400 played a big role in Icelands economy. Not so long time ago people in the fishing places said that life was salted cod. Some kilometers east of Grindavík, we can take a look at the ruins of a fishing place at Selatangar. There we can get a glimpse of the hard live of the fishermen.

Tour: Departure: Duration:
Excursion to Reykjanes All year round at 9 am 7 hrs.
Driver guide and admission to the Saltfish Museum included.
Reykjavík Sightseeing All year round at 9 am 3 hrs.
Max 8 persons per tour. Pick up service included for all tours.

Thors Travel

Jakasel 9

GPS Points N64° 5' 46.149" W21° 49' 33.444"
Telephone

+354 894-1107

Opening period All year

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Nature
18.06 km
Almenningur

Patch of lava field in Vatnsleysustrond county. Located between two lava fields Kapelluhraun and Afstappahraun. It came from Hrútárgjárdyngju that erupted over 7000 years ago. There used to be a forest but like in other places in Iceland it was gone due to exploitation and grazing. In the area you can find one of many Gvendarbrunnur and on the south side of Reykjanesbraut there are Hvassahraunskatlar.

The name Almenningur means "Common Grazings" and they still share it.

Location: Vatnsleysuströnd

Nature
23.99 km
Sveifluhals

A lava flow formed in an eruption in the year 1151 AD.

In that year a 25 km long fissure opened obliquely across the Reykjanes peninsula. The lava field is located in south of ridge Nupshlidarhals(Vesturhals) and craters in the northern part are part of crater row in the north of Ridge Nupshlidarhals. Ogmundur is a male name in Iceland.

Located West of Lake Kleifarvatn. Drive road 427 and turn left on road 42 then park at Seltún and walk Preststígur. Walk estimated 2-3 hours up and down.

Nature
23.43 km
Kuagerdi

A green patch near a pond next to the old route at the southern edge of Afstapahraun which is a lava field up of Vatnsleysuvík. Reykjanesbraut (41) lies around the patch. There used to be a farmstead and a known place to rest at. Kuagerdi means "Cow Grazings". Today there as been put up a memorial cross for those who have died in traffic accidents on Reykjanesbraut.

Nature
21.89 km
Hvassahraunkatlar

Hvassahraunskatlar is a hornitos in the Hrútagjá lava shield flow. Hornitos usually form due to powerful degassing at crater edges. These ones, however, came into being approximately 10 km away from the top crater.

Hvassahraunskatlar is a geosite within Reykjanes Unesco Global Geopark.

Nature
14.60 km
Kapelluhraun
The rugged and barren Chapel Lava Field or the New Lava Field spreads between the town Hafnarfiord and Cove Straumsvik. According to chronological research, it was created between 1010 and 1020. Directly opposite to the Aluminium Smelter is a lava mound with a ruin of a prayer chapel, probably dating back to catholic times. In 1950 it was examined and a statuette of St Barbara was discovered. A replica of the statuette was made and placed in the ruin, but the original is kept in the National Museum in Reykjavik. A large area of the lava field around the chapel ruin has been quarried for street construction and house foundations and flattened.


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The Reykjanes Peninsula

Towns & Villages

Visitors to Iceland who arrive via Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula may be somewhat surprised by the landscape that greets their eyes as they touch down in Iceland for the very first time. A seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blankets the peninsula for as far as the eye can see, and it is this strange and rather other-worldly sight that is your first glimpse of the land of fire and ice. 

Map Garður Sandgerði Reykjanesbær Vogar Grindavík