Today has mostly been spent in Reykjanes peninsula. The majority of tourists fly into Keflavik airport on Reykjanes, pick up their cars and speed off towards Reykjavik. But I definitely think it is worth taking some time to drive around it. The lava fields are beautiful - though bleak and seemingly never ending.
The official line:
'The Reykjanes peninsula has several high-temperature geothermal areas, three of which have been harnessed to generate electricity. Nowhere on earth is the junction in the earth's crust between the European and American tectonic plates as clearly visible as on the Reykjanes peninsula. The area is a veritable hotbed for recreational activities. The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters, and hot springs, in addition to a variety of restaurants, museums, churches, lighthouses, and festivals.'
We stopped off at Selatangar - an old fishing station, used from the Middle Ages until 1884. You can make out the remains of lava rock houses where the fishermen used to shelter. We met a local chap there who gave us a potted history. Nice man.
From there we diverted to the Blue Lagoon - to spend my voucher. Well - that was the plan. But after half an hour they couldn't find it and asked me if it could perhaps have been collected already! Anyway - they finally decided I wasn't trying to pull the wool over their eyes - gave me the 50 euro credit, some free samples and a free shower gel (approx. £40 of freebies for our trouble).
Tonight we're staying in Bergás guesthouse - instead of the Hotel Berg (our normal last night haunt). Great place and very friendly owners. If you ever get to stay here ask the owner to do his sheep impression - it's uncanny!
Stu has set the alarm, we've had the best pizza Iceland has to offer and now that we've recovered from the sheep impression we'll be getting an early night.
See you all soon
Blue Lagoon purchases and freebies (worth the half hour wait!)