Gunnuhver

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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15 minutes from Grindavík municipality lies an impressive and powerful geothermal field called Gunnuhver. It’s known for its impressive mud pools and steam vents that emit boiling water and sulfuric vapours but the powerful column of steam rising from Gunnuhver steals the show, reaching heights up to 20 meters and can be seen from faraway. The raw power of this location does not escape you and is mesmerising. The ground surrounding the hot spring is multi-coloured because of the mineral deposits that have been brought to the surface by the geothermal activity.

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Accessibility

1.3 kilometres from the main road is the main entrance to the hot spring. From the other side there are 3.5 kilometres to a small parking lot. The location has boardwalks, so easy access to the spring from parking lots.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

This location is 15 minutes from Grindavík municipality and close to Keflavík, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is also in Keflavík.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 30 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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Three-way permit is needed to shoot here. Local energy company manages this location
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
Reykjanes Peninsula is on UNESCO Global Geopark list
Property owner unknown

Basecamp and facilities

There are two entrances to Gunnuhver area, one with a medium size parking lot and the other with smaller parking lot, only suitable for small tech base or offloading. There are several areas within 3 kilometres that could be used for larger basecamps. There are no facilities at the location. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The area poses significant dangers to visitors who don’t take proper precautions. The high temperatures of the water and steam can cause serious burns. The ground around the hot springs can be unstable, with a thin crust you could easily break through while walking and step into boiling water below. This area is extremely active, and the main vent can alter position with little notice, making this area unpredictable.

Visitors

The area is a high tourist attraction. Wooden boardwalks lie towards three viewpoints for the main vent. With the right permit, the area could be closed off or controlled with extra manpower and park rangers.

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