M any visitors to Reykjavik Iceland believe they will have to travel some serious distances to see natural hot springs with their own eyes. That is not the case at all. There is a fascinating hot spring area almost on the doorstep of the capital.
Here we are referring to the Krisuvik area, see map, which roughly lies between the capital and the Keflavik international airport on the Reykjanesskaga peninsula. As many know, this very peninsula is exactly where the Mid-Atlantic continental rift comes ashore from the deep ocean and there is quite a lot of activity underneath as demonstrated by the recent volcanic eruption in these parts.
This is most easily seen in Krisuvik, or Krysuvik as some say, where bubbling mud springs are found in many places. Better yet, this place is not too much on the tour organizers radar since it is too close to make much money. Thus you can witness the phenomena at most times without throngs of people. Which is exactly the way to enjoy nature if you ask us.
But do be careful and treat the environment well. This is a national treasure as well as a treasure belonging to us all. Oh, and watch out too. The springs can reach way above 100 degrees and burn you easily.
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