and Development Agency - TOURISM
Reykjanesbaer - Keflavík and Njarđvík
As the road reaches about the halfway stage of its steep climb over Stapi, a branch to the left cuts off to Grindavík and Seltjörn, a well-stocked trout and salmon hatchery which offers anglers some excellent sport. The main road itself continues on towards the ports of Keflavík and Njarđvík, principal towns of the Reykjanes region. Places worth a visit include the stone church at Innri Njarđvík, whose roots can be traced back to 1269,
and the statues to Jón Thorkelsson Thorcillius and Sveinbjörn Egilsson, two of Iceland's foremost scholars. Between Innri and Ytri Njarđvík a graphic insight into the region's past can be gained at Stekkjarkot, a turf-roofed folk museum which has now been recreated as a typical turn-of-the-century domestic dwelling.
Between them Keflavík and Njardvík offer a wide range of tourist facilties including a variety of restaurants and cafes, campsites, youth hostel, sleeping-bag accommodation and guesthouses, as well as two first-class hotels. Among the activities on offer are sea angling, birdwatching and whalewatching, and a walking trail along the Keflavík shoreline to the cliffs at Berg. For the more serious hiker, the row of cairns which begins at Fitjar, near Njarđvík, marks the start of the centuries-old Skipsstígur trail to Grindavík and Hústoftir, a walk which takes about 5 hours.
The Reykjanes Tourist Board
Tel. + 354 421 6760, fax + 354 421 6199
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