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Djúpavatn lake at Reykjanes Peninsula


Djúpavatn lake at Reykjanes Peninsula
Djúpavatn lake at Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjanes peninsula has many interesting places and several natural wonders. In fact, one could easily spend a few days in Iceland and only visit interesting places on the Reykjanes peninsula. One of those beautiful places is Lake Djúpavatn, less than an hour's drive from Reykjavík. It is a bit difficult to visit since the road is a kind of a Highland gravel road for 4X4 vehicles only. But that makes visiting the place just a bit more exciting and adventurous. There are also a few interesting hiking trails in the area that take up to two to four hours to hike. It is an advantage and a privilege in life to be able to drive such a short distance and enjoy peace and quiet in such beautiful places.


Reykjanes Peninsula at the map of Iceland
Reykjanes Peninsula at the map of Iceland

A small lake ideal for fishing and hiking

Djúpavatn is a great place for Aurora Borealis during early autum in September and October
Djúpavatn is a great place for Aurora Borealis during early autum in September and October

There is one sure way of getting your children away from the computer. Take them fishing. Find a nice lake, and it doesn't matter if it has salmon, trout, or sand lance. Children simply love a trip, including a fishing rod and a picnic. Djúpavatn (Deep Lake) is a popular family destination in Iceland and a perfect place for a family destination. This beautiful and tranquil lake is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a mere half an hour's drive from Reykjavík. In spite of its name, the lake is not at all deep, a mere 16.7 meters, and its size is only 15 square meters. In fact, you can rent the whole lake if you don't want to be disturbed.


A road for a 4WD vehicle only

Djúpavatn lake and lava formation
Djúpavatn lake and lava formation

There was no fish in Lake Djúpavatn until 1960, when a stock of char was transferred to the lake from Þingvallavant (Lake Þingvellir), possibly because the two lakes share similar geological environments. Though rather small, the fish has been thriving in Lake Djúpavan for 55 years. Having a picnic by the lake is ideal, of course, but in Iceland, the weather can't always be relied upon to suit your needs. But, not to worry. There is a fishing lodge by the lake where you can have your picnic indoors.

Access to Djúpavatn is quite easy from Krýsuvíkurvegur Road Nr. 42. A few kilometers before you come to lake Kleifarvatn you turn to Road Nr. 421 Vigdísarvallavegur. Here you need to keep in mind that this is one of the many roads in Iceland where you need a 4X4 or a 4WD vehicle. This is not a road for a small car.



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