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Reykjanes Midnight Sun - Small group tour


    Tour operator: Reykjanes Tours     3 hours     Travel method: Jeep / 4x4     Region: Capital Region

In this Midninght Sun Tour we will take you to see Gunnuhver, the largest mud pool in Iceland. The mud pools form where steam from boiling geothermal resevoir water emanates and condenses and mixes with surface water. Accompanying gases such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide make the water acid. This causes alteration of the fresh lava rock to clay. Steaming of the ground at Reykjanes increased markedly as a consequence of a pressure drawdown in the geothremal reservoir upon the start of production from the reservoir in 2006. Iceland´s larges mud pool at present prominent, highest up in the Gunnuhver group. It is 20 meters wide across a rim of mud, boiling vigorously. Gunnuhver is the heart in a future geopark.

You will also see Reykjanesviti wich is Iceland's oldest lighthouse. It serves as a landfall light for Reykjavík and Keflavík. The tower is a 31 metres (102 ft) tall construction, situated on the southwestern edge of the Reykjanes peninsula. The original structure was built in 1878; just eight years later the building was destroyed by an earthquake. In 1929 the current Reykjanesviti lighthouse, a concrete construction yet with traditional looks, was illuminated. Its focal plane measures 73 metres above sea level.

Last but not least you will see the Bridge between two continents at Sandvík wich is a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides clear evidence of the presence of a diverging plate margin. The bridge was built as a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America.

This is a short and a fun tour that you can not miss as a tourist.







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