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Kleifarvatn Lake, Reykjanes Peninsula

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Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, situated in the southern part of the peninsula. It is located on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The lake has no visible water coming in or going out as most of its water comes and leaves underground. The lake can be reached via a track, and there are two areas with high temperature that can be found not far from it: Seltún/Krýsuvík and another to the east. The lake's greatest depth is 97 m. After the 2000 Iceland earthquakes, the lake began to diminish, and 20% of its surface has since disappeared.The novel Kleifarvatn by Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indriðason was named after the lake.
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  • I put this lake on my driving route and was not disappointed. Also, nearby is a hot springs or lava field with steam rising. Easy to spot for the signage & tourist buses. A delightful added surprise.  more »
  • The best views of the lake are from a pullout at a high point along route 42. Worth a quick stop. Access to the beaches requires pulling off the road onto some cinder areas - probably better in a four...  more »
  • This is a must in the area. Bring your tripod, filters and camera. We plan our trip a year in advance and we included this as part of our journey. It is not the best we saw in Iceland but definitely w...  more »