About Keflavik in Iceland

The town of Keflavik is situated in the south west of Iceland in the Reykjanes region. It has a population of just over 8,000 people. The meaning of Keflavik is actually Driftwood Bay.

Keflavik was originally founded by Scottish entrepreneurs on account of its abundance of fish, and subsequent fish processing industry. During the 1960's and 1970's, the city became renowned for its many musicians. The city was given the nickname of The Beatle Town.

The landscape of the area is certainly very harsh. The vast majority of open areas contain nothing more that basalt rubble, with some impressive plants and mosses that seem to be able to survive in this climate. It is possible on crystal clear days to see the Snaeellsjokull National Park to the north west of Keflavik, which is some 155 kilometres across the bay.

The climate of the area is certainly not for the faint hearted. It is best described as subpolar oceanic. One good thing to know is that during winter temperatures on the whole are above zero, whilst in summer average highs of 13 degrees Celsius are the norm.

Whilst the town may not be booming, it still has some groovy things to see and do such as the Icelandic Museum of Rock and Roll, Airport Whale Watching, Vikingaheimar or Viking World, The Giantess in the Mountain, the Main Harbour, the Duushus Museum, Mount Keilir, Stekkjarkot, Bergid and the Keflavik Maritime Centre.