Krýsuvíkurbjarg

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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Along the rocky coastline of Reykjanes peninsula, there are many wave-cut cliffs of various heights. Few of them are accessible by car and within easy walking distance. Krýsuvíkurbjarg (cliffs) is one of these places. These wave-cut formations are created by constant and vigorous erosion on a steep, rocky coast, that results in precipitous cliff or stacks. The cliffs run for ca 6 kilometres and are 40-70 meters high. They are made up of layers of lava and ash, which have over time created intricate patterns and shapes. One of the most striking features of Krýsuvíkurbjarg is its vibrant colours. The cliffs are adorned with shades of red, orange, yellow and green, making them very picturesque.

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Accessibility

The location is 3 km from the main road down a rough gravel road that can be muddy in wet weather. There is also an old private road that goes 50 meters up the main headland, but you would need a 4-wheeler or a special vehicle.
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

Only 20 minutes from Grindavík, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are nearby. Nearest hospital is in Reykjavík, 1 hour away.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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This area needs a two-way permit.
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

Just beside the main viewpoint for the cliffs is a small parking lot, to offload or have a small tech base. There is no other area within 10 kilometres that could be use as basecamp, except if a permission can be obtained to park on a grassy field just by the parking lot. There are no facilities at this location. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The cliffs are very steep and dangerous. They are palagonite rock, unstable and prone to collapsing, specially so close to the sea. Staying close to the edge is not advised and should be assessed with a trained safety and rescue crew.

Visitors

This location is a low tourist attraction. This is a well-known hiking trail, so visitors tend to walk past and stop for a short while. This location could be closed for filming with the right permit.

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