Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Introduction to Keflavik

An aerial view of Keflavik

Keflavík, located in Southwest Iceland, is home to Iceland’s international airport built by the US as an important WWII airforce base. The population is approximately 13,000 people. The annual Summer Light Festival in late summer (August) is very popular. Founded at a trading post in 1590 it later later became a fishing and fish processing community. After WWII, Keflavík prospered from providing services for the neighboring NATO base. Nowadays, Keflavik is a thriving service and industrial centre and tourism has become an important part of the economy with several new hotels and restaurants gaining good reputations.

The Blue Lagoon is one of the top attractions

Attractions Whale watching tours, which last for about three hours, leave from the harbor. You are likely to see dolphins, orca, minke and humpback whales. There are many walking trails leading out from town, including a waterside walk that meanders several kilometres past flocks of seabirds to the lighthouse on the point. You should be sure to wear a leather jacket. The most famous attraction near Keflavík is the Blue Lagoon, an artificial hot pool created by the nearby geothermal plant. You can visit enroute to or from from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík with Reykjavík Excursions which stores your luggage on the tour bus while you enjoy several hours of lagoon relaxation. Besides providing visitors with body-temperature water, the silt from the lagoon is supposed to be good for the skin. The water is nice and warm, and the experience is very refreshing. Massages and other treatments are available. Entry to the spa itself costs EUR 20 per adult, with towel rental EUR 4, and bath robe rental costs EUR 7.