Kleifarvatn Lake
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The name evokes a fissure: the deep, volcanic fissure that the waters of the lake partly fill, in the heart of the Reykjanes peninsula. After an earthquake in 2000, the water level dropped significantly. This phenomenon of lakes occasionally draining inspired Arnaldur Indriðason's novel The Draining Lake (2004). You can go around the lake on foot to photograph the beaches and black cliffs and, perhaps, the sea monster that is said to live in its depths...


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    Hvassahraun Cabin by the Sea
    Suberb 9.1
    13.8 km - 26 Hvassahraun, 191 Vogar
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    Hótel Vellir
    Very good 8.3
    14.3 km - Tjarnavellir 3, 221 Hafnarfjörður
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    Hotel Viking
    Good 7.9
    15.7 km - Strandgata 55, 220 Hafnarfjörður

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