The Krýsuvík Geothermal Area is a volcanic region that’s part of the larger Reykjanes Nature Reserve in Southwest Iceland, 22 miles (35 km) south of Reykjavík. The nature preserve is home to lava formations, crater lakes, bird cliffs, bubbling geothermic fields, and Earth’s largest blowing steam vent. A well-maintained boardwalk winds through the geothermal fields, providing information and educational signs all around. Camping is not allowed, and there are no designated stargazing spots, however, Krýsuvík is open 24 hours of the day so that visitors may observe their night sky unobstructed from city lights.
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