Grindavík’s Hidden World
There’s more than the Blue Lagoon in Grindavík
Most visitors who come to Iceland go to the most popular tourist spot in the country, the Blue Lagoon, listed as one of the 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic. However, few people know that the Blue Lagoon is located in Grindavík about 5 min. from the town centre. Grindavík is the foremost fishing town in Iceland with a population of 3,000 people.
After having bathed in the Blue Lagoon, it is great to dine in Grindavík as there are a range of restaurants catering to all tastes.
There is a guest house, a beautiful and popular camp site, one of the best golf courses in the country, just enlarged to 18 holes, a fascinating new museum, which offers exhibitions on fishing, mineral and energy resources and some fun entertainment. The tourist information centre is also located there.
Experience life around the harbour, as Grindavík is one of the largest fishing centres in the country. The harbour is very popular with visiting tourists, watching the boats come in and landing their catches. In Stakkavík, you can see what happens to the fish after it is landed. You can try a delicious fresh fish soup while watching their unique film about the fishing.
If you want adventure, you can ride an ATV, see volcanoes, go caving, horse riding or tour-biking. The nature surrounding Grindavík is one of the country’s best kept secrets but interesting information boards have been set up for visitors. Other sights to see are the Reykjanes lighthouse, the bridge between the continents, and the birdlife.
It’s a lot of fun to be a tourist in Grindavík in summer. Seamen’s Day is one of the biggest family holidays in the country. Midsummer Walking enjoys great popularity, Nature Week in Reykjanes and the Grindavík walking festival on that weekend enjoy growing popularity.
From Grindavík, there are tours that take the new south coast road and visit South Iceland where, among other things you can find Gullfoss and Geysir.