Nestled within a dramatic landscape of lava fields overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Grindavik is a traditional fishing town on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. It’s long been associated with the saltfish industry and is home to the oldest lighthouse in the country, while it also offers easy access to the famous Blue Lagoon.
Things to do in Grindavik
You can learn about the importance of saltfish to the local economy at the Icelandic Saltfish Museum, which is a short stroll from Grindavik’s harbour. It recreates the atmosphere of a traditional fishing village from the 1930s and details the process of preserving fish. You can also learn more about the island’s geology and geothermal energy through its exhibits.
A short drive north of Grindavik is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa created in a lava field beneath Þorbjörn mountain. It’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in Iceland, with its milky blue waters at an enticing 37–39 °C and high in both silica and mineral salts. Aside from bathing in this ethereal setting, you can take advantage of the Blue Lagoon’s saunas and steam rooms.
Rising atop the southwesterly tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula is the Reykjanes Lighthouse, which is the oldest lighthouse in Iceland. The historic landmark was constructed between 1907 and 1908. It’s positioned within the Gunnuhver geothermal area, which in local folklore is said to be the eternal prison of a ghost who once terrorised the region.
Getting around Grindavik
Grindavik is a 45-minute drive from Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North America. Buses are the main means of getting to Grindavik while the centre of town is compact enough to explore on foot.