Iceland, known for its wonders of snow and exotic hiking trails, is also rich in monumental heritage. Tourists and explorers mostly visit here seeking adventure but they also experience some finely built structures. One such structure is Garðskagi lighthouse. Located at the tip of the Reykjanes peninsula, lighthouses at Garðskagi are perfect examples of the richness of landscapes that Iceland is known for. There are two lighthouses standing side by side, one tall, one short. The shorter one was constructed first in 1897, while the larger one was built recently in 1944. Guiding the seafarers is not the only job that these lighthouses do. They are peaceful places for locals in Iceland. Now that Iceland is becoming a popular destination for foreigners, hidden places like Garðskagi are becoming the center of attraction.
Explore Around Garðskagi Lighthouse
The view from the top of the new lighthouse is simply breathtaking. If you are a stargazer, then this place has volumes to offer. You can see the sky in its purest form stained with various colors that the midnight sun brings in summer while during winter you can practically touch the northern lights. If you are feeling tired of all the excursions that you made in Iceland, Garðskagi lighthouse is the place where you can finally sit back, relax, and enjoy some peace. If you are a photography enthusiast, you can engage in some bird watching and photography here, catching on your lens surreal shots.
If you are wondering what you should do with your time during the day, you can visit the Blue Lagoon in the Reykjanes peninsula, which is probably the most popular tourist destination in Iceland. It has become a landmark location for Icelanders. It is believed that because the water is extremely rich in silica and sulfur, it is excellent for helping people suffering from skin diseases, such as psoriasis. This myth is popular among the locals of Iceland. A state of the art Geothermal Pool has been created out of the Blue Lagoon to make it more of a tourist destination. It is a place to sit and relax. A few kilometers before you come to Grindavík from Reykjavík, via road number 43, you will see the Geothermal Power Plant at Svartsengi and the signs will lead you to the Blue Lagoon on Road Nr. 426. You can also visit the Reykjanes Geopark which is a part of the UNESCO program. The park which boasts of some nerve-wracking scenery has a spectacular bridge which is called the bridge between the continents. The 18 meters long bridge is a walk from practically between one tectonic plate to another, which justifies its name.
Since the International Airport of Iceland is located in Reykjanes Peninsula, all these locations would be perfect to visit on your Stop Over in Iceland. Garðskagi Ligthouse is located only 10 minutes drive from the airport. You can pick up a car on the airport and spend your time exploring the beautiful locations in the area around.
When to Visit Garðskagi Lighthouse
Garðskagi lighthouses are very easy to access and can therefor be visited at any time of the year. The lighthouses are most beautiful during the night with the sunset and midnight sun during the summer and the northern lights during the winter. The views to the sea can be magical all year around and when the weather is bad it can be mesmerizing to watch the waves out on the sea. No matter when you decide to visit the lighthouse, you will need to pack warm clothes for both the summer and winter seasons, following a few extra precautions in winters.
Places To Stay Near Garðskagi Lighthouse
There are ample options to stay in Reykjanes Peninsula, everything from luxury hotels to guest houses, equipped with all sorts of facilities. However, we do not recommend staying in Reykjanes Peninsula if you are coming to Iceland for a couple of days. Most activities and tours departure from Reykjavik and you will find all the charming restaurants and cafés there. The villages on Reykjanes Peninsula, like Keflavik, Garður and Grindavík are perfect if you are on a stopover and just staying for one night. Or if you are arriving late from your flight to Iceland and want to get to your hotel as soon as possible for some good nights sleep. If you are wanting to stay in Reykjanes, you can for instance take a look at Guesthouse Keflavik which is across the street from the renowned Hotel Keflavik. Hotels in Reykjanes are available on a sharing basis as well if you are looking to save money and cut some of your costs. If you are visiting Iceland for more than just your one night stopover, we recommend that you book your stay in one of the great hotels in Reykjavik, or around the Ring Road of Iceland.