People

Ingólfur Arnarson settled the Reykjanes Peninsula, according to the sagas. Soon, he handed large areas over to other settlers who divided land further. Through the centuries, fisheries has been lifeline of the people.

Old cairns can be found around the peninsula. The cairns and hiking trails through the lava where used by people traveling to and from fishing outlets for centuries. In the 15th to 19th centuries, foreign trade was conducted in a few harbours.

Later large-scale fisheries and industry took over. Two geothermal power plants are in operation. The USA/NATO-base in Keflavik heavily influenced the economy during the second half of the 20th century. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular tourist destination in Iceland.

  • Reykjanes information center
  • Duus - culture centre
  • Duusgata 2-8
  • 230 Reykjanesbær, Iceland
  • (+354) 420 3246
  • info@visitreykjanes.is