Kleifarvatn, 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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  • Located in the Reykjanesfolkvangur Reserve, this lake is surrounded by black sand beaches and lava reliefs. A car park on an overhang allows you to dominate the landscape.
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  • Found a little by chance as we wandered the peninsula before going to the airport. It was a beautiful discovery, a lake with crystal clear water that reflected the blue sky.
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  • Totally worth it to expend some time around, even after visiting most of the Island. If this area was in the Ring Road probably would be included in most itineraries.
  • It's a wonderful drive close to the hectic City center. Geology interesting and a lunar landscape.
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