Reykjanes geopark

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, recognised Reykjanes as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2015. UNESCO Global Geoparks are areas where sites and landscapes that are of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

55 geosites

The Reykjanes Peninsula is a young section of Iceland. It is a land-born, highly volcanic counterpart of the Mid-Atlantic Spreading Ridge where two tectonic plates part at an average rate of 2.0-2.5 cm/yr.
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A monogenetic volcanic fissure (2 km) with scoria and spatter craters, rugged lava formations (20 sq. km), lava tubes and remains of human activities. The eruption was an integral part of Reykjanes Fires, a volcano-tectonic episode in 1210-1240.

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The Vatnajokull Region welcomes you with magnificent nature and great variety in activity, culture and delicious local food…

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Djúpavatn / Spákonuvatn / Arnarvatn

Three lakes in the hylaoclastite Ice Age ridges Vesturháls and Sveifluháls, containing groundwater. Djúpavatn is partly a crater lake, close …

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Eldborg by Höskuldarvellir

The grassy field, Höskuldarvellir northwest of Grænadyngja and Trölladyngja is bordered in the northeast by a large, prehistoric monogenetic scoria …

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Eldborg við Geitahlíð

A prehistoric, volcanic fissure cuts into the slopes of Geitafell, a hylaoclastite table mountain. Out of five craters, made of …

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A 10-km-long row of scoria and spatter cones in off-set (en echelon) sections, with centrally placed geothermal features and a …

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Grænadyngja / Trölladyngja

Steep hyaloclastite mountains west of Sog – geosite. Geothermal sites and younger volcanic fissures border them, associated with various lava …

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A long line of sheer sea lava cliffs south of the old fishing hamlet of Hafnir. Various marine birds nest …

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