A beautiful and well equipped apartment on the semi-basement floor of a beautiful house, close to the coast where the ocean waves lap at the beach. Master bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom. The accommodation is ideal for couples, and there’s also space for a child in the living room. Private entrance. Free WiFi. TV, DVD player and hot tub with massage jets. The house was originally built in 1929 and then fully renovated and extended in 1999. The house and its surroundings have been used as a filming location on many occasions, and Minna-Knarrarnes received awards for cleanliness in 2008 and 2011.
Guests prepare their own meals. The nearest supermarkets and restaurants are in Vogar (4 km / 2.5 mi), Reykjanesbær/Keflavík (15 km / 9 mi) and Hafnarfjörður (15 km / 9 mi).
Service and recreation
You can enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside in peace at the private beach in front of the house. There are enjoyable hiking trails by the beach and in the lava field above the house. The area is an excellent location for birdwatching. On clear winter evenings you may be treated to unforgettable displays of northern lights. You can go snorkelling at the beach (bring your own gear), and a boat is also available. Whale watching tours on offer nearby (15 km / 9 mi).
There are various interesting museums in the area, including the Viking World and Reykjanes Maritime Centre in Duushús in Reykjanesbær (15 km / 9 mi). There is also Magma, House of Culture and Natural Resources in Grindavík (22 km / 14 mi). Magma houses two interesting exhibitions: Earth Energy, an exhibition about geothermal energy and eruptions in Iceland, and the Saltfish Museum. There’s also a Viking-themed restaurant, Víkingakráin, in Hafnarfjörður (15 km / 9 mi).
The nearest geothermal swimming pool is in Vogar (4 km / 2.5 mi) but there are many good swimming pools in the region, for example in towns Reykjanesbær and Hafnarfjörður. The world-famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is 15 km / 9 mi from Minna-Knarrarnes. There are several golf courses in the area, including the nine-hole course Kálfatjörn in Vogar (2 km / 1.24 mi), and 18-hole courses in Reykjanesbær (Hólmsvöllur in Leira, 24 km / 15 mi) and in Hafnarfjörður (Hvaleyrarvöllur, 23 km / 14 mi).
The closest towns with shops, supermarkets and various tourism services are Vogar (4 km / 2.5 mi), Reykjanesbær (15 km / 9 mi) and Hafnarfjörður (15 km / 9 mi). The Reykjanes Information Centre is in Reykjanesbær (visitreykjanes.is). It is 35 km / 22 mi to downtown Reykjavík and 15 km / 9 mi to Keflavík International Airport.
A unique world of lava and cooled volcanoes
The diverse and colourful Reykjanes peninsula is a fascinating location for hikers and travellers interested in seeing a volcanic landscape shaped by eruptions, geothermal energy and oceanic forces. The lava fields are enchanting, and ancient volcanoes and crater rows open onto a world of beautiful forms and colours that are amazing to behold. A large portion of the peninsula is protected as a nature reserve, and there are plans underway to establish the area as an official Geopark. The Reykjanes Information Centre in Reykjanesbær provides directions and maps of hiking trails. Various tourism companies offer scheduled sightseeing tours around the Reykjanes region, including hiking tours, jeep tours and sailing.
Grindavík, Krýsuvík, Gunnuhver and the “Bridge between Continents”
Minna-Knarrarnes makes an ideal base for day tours around Reykjanes. Grindavík is a lively fishing town on the south coast (22 km / 14 mi). From there you can drive east along the coast and then inland to the Seltún geothermal area at Krýsuvík (25 km / 16 mi), which is a popular tourist attraction. From Krýsuvík you can continue driving, travelling over to the north coast and back to Minna-Knarrarnes. Highlights at the tip of the peninsula include the Gunnuhver hot springs by the Reykjanes lighthouse, the “Bridge between Continents” up from Sandvík, and Hafnarberg, a bird cliff that teems with life in summer.
Hosts: Birgir and Anna Rut