LOCATED ON TECTONIC PLATE BOUNDARIES
GeoCamp is based in the southwest region of Iceland at the Reykjanes Peninsula. The area is known for its geothermal activity, lunar landscape, barren and rugged stretch of lava fields and coarse black sandy beaches. Nowhere on Earth is the junction between the European and American tectonic plates in the Earth’s crust as clear as in the Reykjanes region.
The Reykjanes peninsula is a geothermal wonder, where lighthouses outnumber villages. Besides hosting the Keflavík International Airport and, just a few minutes away, the spectacular Blue Lagoon, the Reykjanes peninsula is a destination in its own right.
How the Earth was made
Watch clips from the documentaries "How The Earth Was Made" & "Inside The Volcano" by History Channel on the geologic history of Iceland and how the forces of fire and ice - volcanoes and glaciers - played a role together in the island's formation.
"We'll scour the island for clues, to address the mystery of what powerful forces are ripping Iceland apart and lighting its fiery volcanoes. Here, lava rips huge tears in the ground and new islands are born from the waves. Yet despite the active volcanoes, Iceland historically has been covered in and carved by ice. Fire and ice collide, locked in a titanic battle, as glaciers explode and cataclysmic floods decimate the landscape."
The location of GeoCamp offers easy access to geological sites of interest, geothermal pools, vast lava fields and unspoiled cave formations. The area is also close to accessible glacial valleys, rivers and spectacular waterfalls, as well as vast uninhabited nature, all within a couple of hours drive from the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Tectonic Plates drifting apart at your feet
The Reykjanes offers the ideal place for easy access to unique geological sites, natural geothermal pools and pristine unspoiled coastline full of natural resources, a stone throw away from the capital area in Iceland.
The Reykjanes Peninsula lies on major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge. According the continental drift theory the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are continuously drifting apart. Reykjanes is the only place in the world where it is possible to see the Mid-Atlantic ridge rises above sea level.
Nowhere on earth is the junction in the earth's crust between the European and American tectonic plates as clearly visible as on the Reykjanes peninsula. The area is a veritable hotbed for recreational activities. The dramatic, rugged landscape features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters and hot springs, in addition to a variety of restaurants, museums, churches, lighthouses and festivals.