Discover boutique hotels in Grindavik, Iceland
Once a sleepy fishing village, Grindavik shot to prominence with the creation of the Blue Lagoon, a bright-blue geothermal spa surrounded set into an 800-year-old lava field. The village itself is worth a look round if you fancy seeing what one of Iceland’s most prosperous fishing outposts looks like, but for the most part, it’s the dramatic landscape that pulls in the crowds. A few kilometers away, the Unesco-protected Reykjanes Geo Park is the only place in the world where you can see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge above sea level; inland, many areas are covered in jagged rock fields left in the wake of dramatic volcanic eruptions. Set amid this landscape, the Blue Lagoon cuts an otherworldly figure with its mineral-rich pool of bright blue water, often shrouded in steam because of its balmy temperature. Come out here in the dark of winter, and you’ll have one of the best possible backdrops for a show of Northern Lights.
When to go
May to September are the warmest months, when it hardly get dark at all. As you’d expect, winters are sub-zero affair, but it’s during the coldest months that you’ll catch a glimpse of the fleeting Northern Lights.
PlanesInternational visitors usually fly into Keflavík International Airport, which can be reached direct from many European destinations and some larger US airports. It’s only 20 kilometres from Grindavik, taking as many minutes to get there by car. The Smith24 team can arrange flights and transfers; call anytime, day or night.
AutomobilesIf you’re already in Reykjavik, it’s a 50-minute drive from there to Grindavik. If you want to hire a car, the Smith24 team can arrange it.