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Grindavík

Grindavik is one of the towns of Iceland and is famous for its fishing industry. The town is full of endless lava fields like Krýsuvík, Selatangar and Festarfjall. It is the most marvelous and fabulous fishing town of Iceland and situated at the southwest cost of Iceland. Grindavik is among those few cities having harbour at its coast. The town has excelled as a tourist place with population of just 3000 people who are engaged in fishing or fish related industry. The Grindavik town is only 15 minutes drive from Keflavik airport. The town has credit to provide more than 40% of country’s salt fish production with an active harbour.

The premier attraction of Grindavik is Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa using hot and mineralized water from the nearby power station. Blue Lagoon is located 3 miles from the town centre and it is most popular attractive place of the Grindavik. By far, blue lagoon is among more distinctive and exotic place in the nature of Grindavik. The visitors of Blue Lagoon enjoy bathing and feel relax in the geothermal sea water of blue lagoon. The lovely nature has surrounded the Grindavik town and awesome and inspiring lava cliffs loom over paths across the vast expanse of lave fields. The strong power, notwithstanding dormant of mother earth is rarely as graphically revealed in lava fields. A one can imagine the beauty of Grindavik that many prominent artists have taken inspiration from the nature of the area.

The notable writer Bergsson was born here and Kalli Bjarni who won the Icelandic version of Pop Idol also belongs to Grindavik. During the year 2002, a museum representing history of the salt fish was opened for the masses in Grindavik. The Icelandic salt fish museum in Grindavik definitely demonstrates the nation’s struggle for survival during the old times and the history of salt fish has become the history of Iceland itself. During the summer season, people go to small villages at the coastline of Grindavik to work in salted fish industry for export. As the time is passing, salted fish has become the symbol of nation’s prosperity. Another prominent thing, a 10 km long deep row can be visited on foot, by bike and by car on a mud covered track from Blue Lagoon to Grindavik link road. The hole of the row releases steam at several point.

Selatangar is another worth seeing place in Grindavik. This place is known as former fishing station situated at the end of mud covered road about 8 km east of Grindavik, where the rugged Ögmundarhraun lava reaches the sea. It is a tremendous site to witness the surf crashing on the shore. A parking area with an information provided sign board on the main road is available. Brimketill (surf kettle), on the coast 5 km west of Grindavik, is a heart touching place and full of geological features. It is an impressive place to see the wave crash on the rocky cliffs with great care. A lave around the Blue Lagoon surges surrounding the Blue Lagoon and link road also passed between the Blue Lagoon and Grindavik. This lave flow has been visited and admired by thousands of tourists of Grindavik. A visitor can stop the vehicle on the road and it is top on the hill and a good place to see. Besides, there are several lava caves on Reykjanes but many of them cannot be accessed immediately, this is because there is some easily broken structure inside the caves. One of the caves is located on the main road from Grindavik to Reykjanesbraut where a parking area is available. Although no sign board has been installed but a ladder is available down inside of it. It is 30 m long with very low ceiling. The authorities recommend a torch and a helmet before visit.

Some other volcanic craters are seen in the locality of the geothermal area of Krysuvik. Krysuvik is a place with mud pools, steam vents and craters about 20 km east of Grindavik on the coast road. Gunnuhver, a full of temperature place covered with mud pools and steam vents produced by sea water. Definitely, it makes the area different from other areas. Due to its instability, visitors are not allowed to see this place and currently it is closed for general people but it is an attractive place to visit.

In Grindavik, the Reykjanes coast is craggy and many ships run around its rocky shore. The best known was the Jamestown, a sailing ship. The peninsula east of Grindavik split in two parts due to the force of the waves. But it is really sorrowful that there is not sign board installed to explain the story of these vessels and their crews. Lighthouses, another beautiful place offered by Reykjanes. There are eleven gorgeous lighthouses along with its wild coast would fall the tourists in wonderful state of mind. These lighthouses are open for the visitors and the booklet “the lighthouse trail” covered the information about the lighthouses.

In Grindavik, an old church built in 1858 served the people of Grindavik until 1982. Several historic houses covered the old church like Krosshus, in which Halldor Laxnes wrote the Salka Valka, these houses represent the history and culture of the Grindavik. Eldey, a sharp rock island is situated 8 sea miles south of Reykjanes. It is 77 meters above sea level and is formed of tuff stone and rocks. Eldey is the deepest point in a great ridge barrier which stands on a single reef 45 sea miles from the shore. It is also called Fuglasker or Eldeyjar. Storabot is also very nice place to walk and tourists can see the surfers surfing in the sea. The people of Grindavik and people of surrounding areas witnessed a war against the English in this place. Reykjanesta, an amusing place to visit for bird watching. The Reykjanes Light House is near and the hike to Valahnukur is always fun. Þorbjorn
is a climbable mountain near Grindavik and has a great tourist attraction. Every summer a festival is held on the top of the mountain.

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