Reykjanes Geopark in Southwest Iceland was accepted into the European Geoparks Network (EGN) in Rokua Geopark in Finland on September 5. EGN is supported by UNESCO and is the formal association of areas in Europe that have important geological significance.
The acceptance of Reykjanes Geopark into EGN is considered to be a significant acknowledgment for inhabitants, organizations and companies in the region and a testimony to the unique qualities and worldwide significance of the area, as stated in a press release.
The accreditation will be used to promote the area for future visitors, as well as for building and maintaining facilities and developing educational and training activities.
Reykjanes Geopark is 825 square km (319 square miles) in size. Reykjanes peninsula lies on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level.
It has diverse geothermal and volcanic activity; among its biggest attractions are the hot springs of Seltún geothermal area in Krýsuvík.
The area also includes Keflavík International Airport and the municipalities of Reykjanesbær, Grindavíkurbær, Sandgerðisbær, Garður and Vogar.
Like other members of EGN Reykjanes Geopark works towards increasing interest of the earth by focusing on geological and cultural heritage, educating inhabitants and visitors about the area, and taking good care of the region for future generations.