Krýsuvík Geothermal Area

Visit Krýsuvík, one of the high temperature areas in Iceland

Passing through Krýsuvík Geothermal Area is like coming to a different planet, where the raw landscape shines through volcanism.


Krýsuvík is one of Iceland´s best kept secret, and one of the geothermal wonders. It is not difficult to imagine that mythical creatures could live in this area, but Krýsuvík area is both very mystic and charming place.

Krýsuvík draws its name from the old mansion and church site Krýsuvík. The mansion got abandoned after the lava (Ögmundarhraun) ran over the area in the 11th century. Other mansions were built in the area as well as church in the 13th century, but the farms and the church got all abandoned during the 19th century. Sulphur mining started in Krýsuvík Geothermal Area in the 18th century, the sulphur was exported abroad from Hafnarfjörður.

Interesting places in Krýsuvík Geothermal Area are:

1) Seltún,
a remarkable geothermal area where you can find both mud and steam hot springs. Be careful in this area, and only walk on marked walk paths.






2) Kleifarvatn, which is the 3rd biggest lake in the South of Iceland.

3) Austurengjahver which is a great hot spring south of Kleifarvatn.

4) Grænavatn, which is a water filled explosion crater (maars) around 44 meter deep and 350 meter wide.


Krýsuvík is just half an hour drive from Reykjavík, or 30 km. drive SSW 

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