South Iceland Things to Do

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
    Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
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  • View from Behind Seljalandsfoss
    View from Behind Seljalandsfoss
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  • Trail Behind Seljalandsfoss
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South Iceland Things to Do

  • Knarrarósviti lighthouse - The tallest...

    Knarrarósviti lighthouse is one of the most beautiful lighthouses here in Iceland, in my opinion. It is such a funky lighthouse, I like the shape of it a lot. It is a blnd of funtionalism and art nouveau styles and designed by Axel Sveinsson, an Icelandic engineer. After visiting this lighthouse I visited many similar lighthouses all over Iceland...

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  • Íslenski bærinn turf house in...

    There has been a turf farm at Austur-Meðalholt for at least 400 years, but the current farm dates back to 1895. In 1896 there was a big earthquake in South-Iceland, but fortunately it didn't ruin this back then new farm, while other turf farms in this area collapsed.People lived on this farm for the next 70 years until 1965 when it was abandoned....

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  • Hellisheiði heath and Kambarnir

    Driving east on ring-road 1 coming from Reykjavík one must eventually drive up on a heath called Hellisheiði heath. You will see Hellisheiði power plant on your left hand side before you start your drive upwards. From that power plant you will see a lot of steam, making the landscape of lava and moonlike mountains look amazing. The power plant is...

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  • Reykjadalur valley - Djúpagilsfoss...

    After soaking in the warm river in Reykjadalur valley for an hour it was time to head back. We followed the river back, but instead of following the trail we took a right turn and visited Djúpagilsfoss waterfall, which cascades into Djúpagil canyon.The name of this canyon is Djúpagil and the waterfall gets its name from the canyon, Djúpagilsfoss...

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  • Reykjadalur valley - hot river bathing -...

    A lot of people were bathing in the river, but even though there had been 123 cars on the parking lot there was enough space for everybody as the river is long. We just found a crowded spot to begin with and then moved further down the river and tried out several spots before we found the perfect spot, where we were almost alone.Further up the...

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  • Reykjadalur valley - hot river bathing -...

    Walking back down from Klambragil canyon and to the bathing area in the warm river you will see the most colourful geothermal moss in the river. It is by a soda spring and the colours are out of this world. Geothermal vegetation is amazingly colourful! Geothermal areas are very sensitive to traffic, so let's stay on the marked paths. This area...

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  • Reykjadalur valley - Klambragil canyon

    Now you will reach the busiest part of the bathing area. But let's walk further up the valley to Klambragil canyon where there is a beautiful hot spring area with a fumarole and boiling hot springs and mud pools.Above Klambragil there is another trail leading into Reykjadalur valley, a trail less used than the trail I have been showing you.After...

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  • Reykjadalur valley - hot river bathing -...

    After the hike to Reykjadalur valley you will reach the river and cross it on a bridge and continue on the path on the other side of the river. From there the beauty of Reykjadalur appears. There is so much to see here, all these boiling hot pools and steam rising up from several places.At one point the stem covers the path, so watch your step. On...

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  • Reykjadalur valley - hot river bathing -...

    There is a very popular hike up to a beautiful valley, Reykjadalur valley, in the vicinity of Hveragerði town. It is one of my favourite hikes in the vicinity of Reykjavík.When we last visited Reykjadalur there were 123 cars on the parking lot as tourists found out about this place, so more and more people are visiting the valley. I was a bit...

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  • Húsið - a folk museum in Eyrarbakki.

    By the main-street in Eyrarbakki stands "Húsið" or the "House" which is the oldest house in town and one 10 oldest houses in Iceland, built in 1765. It belonged to Danish merchants and 10 houses like this were imported, only 2 of them remain. The name "Húsið" was given by Icelanders who still lived in turf-houses at the time. It is short for...

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  • SOLHEIMAJOKULL --- MOUNDS IN THE GLACIAL...

    In front of the glacial lake you will see small islands and on some of the islands there are small mounds which consist of sands and gravels. They vary in shape, size and stratification and are formed when the ice melts and the debris is left behind to form the mound which is called a kame. Eventually the kame will collapse as the debris underneath...

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  • SOLHEIMAJOKULL GLACIER --- SOME FACTS

    The glacier is 14 kms long which advances along a 1-2 km wide valley from .Mydarsjokull. During its journey it drops from 1,360 m to an elevation of 100 m. A few hundred years ago the glacier was more than 2 kilometers longer. Between 1930 and 1969 the glacier shrank by 970 m , but colder weather meant that the glacier actually advanced 495 m until...

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  • THE DISAPPEARING GLACIER

    Sólheimajökull Glacier is one of the easier and accessible glaciers to reach and it is located not too far east from Skogur. The glacier tongue comes from the main Myrdalsjokull ice cap and can easily be reached from the ring road by the 4.2 km road that leads to the car park. From the car park it is probably a 800 m walk along a path on the right...

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  • TAKE TIME TO VIEW THE VOLCANOES AND ICE...

    While driving on the road to Vik you will have the chance to see Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that erupted in 2010 and caused havoc with some of European Airlines as thousands of fights were canceled. the volcano will be on the left side as you are driving towards Vik and depending on the time of year you should have a stunning view of the...

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  • VISIT THE FALLS WHILE THEY ARE STILL...

    Urridafoss is a waterfall on the river Bjorsa in SW of the country and has one of the largest flow of water of any of the falls in Iceland. The 230 km long river is the longest in the country and actually has a catchment area of 7,620 sq. kms which flows along the eastern side of Bjorsarhruan Lava Field. The lava field is one of the biggest on the...

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  • MORE INFORMATION ON SELJALANDFOSS AREA

    Once you have seen Seljalandfoss you can continue along the path and find some more waterfalls that drop over the edge of the old sea cliff. Don't forget to check out the souvenir shop by the car park----it sells the usual stuff and also woolen sweaters should you be feeling a little cold. Next door to that is a snack bar where you can buy...

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  • WALK BEHIND A WATERFALL

    Between Selfoss and Skogafoss you will find Seljalandfoss, a special waterfall because you can actually take a path and walk behind it, but be prepared to get wet or bring your raincoat. Be very careful if you do decide to go behind the falls as the path is extremely slippery and muddy. The falls come over the edge of the cliff and drop 60 m into a...

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  • Sólheimajökull - The black glacier

    When driving from Skogafoss to Vik, you'll pass a sideroad on the left. This road 221 is about 25 kms to the west of VIk and 12 kms to the east of Skogar.It leads up to the Solheimajökull glacier. The road itself is a gravel road, but - when careful and driving slowly - it can be driven in a regular car. We had a 4x4 so we could so about it a bit...

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  • The view-dial at Kambabrún

    There are 2 view-dials on Kambar overlooking Hveragerði town and the planes of South-Iceland. One of them is easily accessible if you are driving eastbound. The view-dial at Kambabrún is lesser visited as one has to drive on a bad gravel road from ring-road 1 to be able to visit it.I remember when this bad road used to the be main road down the...

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  • The view-dial at Kambar in...

    There is a view-dial at Kambar in Saurbæjarhraun lava field with a fantastic view of the plains of South-Iceland, overlooking Hveragerði the hot spring town of Iceland.The view-dial was designed by Jón J. Víðis, the instigator of view-dials in Iceland, in 1973. His assistance was Jakob Hálfdanarson, my father-in-law. The view-dial was then erected...

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  • Hellisheiðarvirkjun, the Hellisheiði...

    The Hellisheiði Power Plant is the largest geothermal power plant in Iceland and the largest geothermal power plant in the world. Production capacity of the Hellisheiði Power Plant is 303 MW electricity and 133 MW thermal energy.The Power Plant provides geothermal water for heating and cold water for consumption, plus electricity to 67% of the...

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  • Þorlákshöfn town.

    Þorlákshöfn is a small fishing town in S-Iceland ca 50 kilometres from Reykjavík. The population of Þorlákshöfn is ca 1.600 and the town is named after Bishop Þorlákur Helgi, who lived in the Middle ages. The town is the center of local government administration and has got a swimming pool, a church, camp-site, a guest-house, a library and a...

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  • Stokkseyri - the museum town!

    Stokkseyri is the town next to Eyrarbakki, they are only 7 km apart, and jokingly these towns are often referred to by Icelanders as "Stokkseyrarbakki". It is a small town with ca 470 inhabitans, but a lot of activities, surprisingly so for such a small town. There is a very good restaurant there (see my tip on that) and people come especially...

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  • Next stop - the South Pole

    Eyrarbakki village is situated by the ocean and there is a lovely shore here. When I visit this lovely place I always visit the shore as well. In one spot of the shore you will find a sign saying: "Next stop - the South Pole 10.632 miles". The sign refers to the fact that if you sail straight south from Eyrarbakki then you will reach the South Pole...

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  • Urriðafoss - The Waterfall of the...

    Urriðafoss waterfall - The Waterfall of the Trout/Salmon flows with the highest volume of all waterfalls in Iceland with a quantity of 360 m3/second!! The fall is 6 meters and the power is more than 100 MW. It is greyish in colour as it runs in the glacial river Þjórsá. In the winter Urriðafoss can freeze up with the depth of the ice reaching up to...

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  • The beautiful river by town Hella.

    Hella is the first town you reach after Selfoss town when driving in South-Iceland going east. Here are ca 780 inhabitants. It is a lovely agricultural area. There is a brand-new hotel only 15 minutes away from Hella Hotel Lækur, which is a good place to stay if one is looking for Northern Lights as there is minimum light-pollution there. By Hella...

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  • Eyrarbakki - village.

    Eyrarbakki is a lovely little village by the ocean with a population of ca 580 people. It was once one of the most important harbours in Iceland and the largest trading centre in Iceland. If you want to see what Icelandic fishing villages looked like in the early 19th century then you should visit Eyrarbakki as many of the houses which have been...

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  • The Candle Workshop at Sólheimar eco...

    I love the candles from Sólheimar eco village. They are all handmade at the Candle Workshop. The candles for indoor use are made from pure beeswax and paraffin wax. And the candles for outdoor use are made from recycled wax. We Icelanders recycle the candle stubs and hand them in at Sólheimar, or Sorpa drop off centre or the Olís gas-stations,...

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  • Sólheimar - Sesseljuhús.

    Sesseljuhús - Sesselja House is dedicated to the founder of Sólheimar, this wonderful woman Sesselja Hreindís Sigmundsdóttir (1902-1974) who established Sólheimar on July 5th 1930. Sesselja established Sólheimar in 1930, when she was 28 years old, as a haven for children who had a rough time due to loss of parents or the parents being too ill to...

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  • Sólheimar - the oldest registered eco...

    Sólheimar eco village is a lovely little sustainable community upcountry in South-Iceland. There are ca 100 residents at Sólheimar, 42 of them are living with disabilities of some kind. It is the oldest registered eco village in the world.The Icelandic word Sólheimar means "Sun-world" :)There are many work-shops at Sólheimar: The Carpentry...

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  • Selfoss - town in South-Iceland & Ölfusá...

    Selfoss is the next town after Hveragerði if you drive along the ring-road 1. It is bigger than Hveragerði with ca 6.437 inhabitants and a hospital, swimming pool, hotels, lots of shops, supermarkets, horse farms, a cinema and a lot of activites. Selfoss is sometimes referred to as "Bílabærinn" or the Car town, as there are 3 car-dealerships here....

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  • Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck

    In the 1970's, a U.S. Navy plane had crashed on the black sand beaches in South Iceland. The plane wreck is still there and I think a lot of the South Iceland jeep tours will take you to the site. It is possible to drive out there only if the road conditions are fine. I wouldn't recommend it if the ground is wet and soggy as the road is mostly...

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  • Trolls in trees - "Tröll í tré"

    There is an exhibition in Sólheimar eco village by one of our artists, Lárus Sigurðsson. It was opened in the summer of 2012, when Sólheimar celebrated their Cultural Feast, but my photos were taken in the summer of 2013.The exhibition got the name "Tröll í tré" or Trolls in trees. It is quite interesting. I have seen exhibitions like this in...

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  • Circular lava pots in Selfoss,...

    There are strange geological formations under the bridge leading to Selfoss town - small circular lava pots (1-2 meter in diameter), some of which are quite cute I think. And you can sit inside them :)These lava pots were traces of large bubbles of gas, which came up in the 8.700 years old molten lava. The walls of the bubbles cooled down before...

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  • Strandarkirkja church and the angel.

    Strandarkirkja church is kind of a magical church in the eyes of us Icelanders. It is a votive church and has saved the lives of seamen. The story goes that a ship was caught in a big storm and thick fog. It was almost sure death for the seaman, so they knelt in prayer and pledged to build a church if they were to reach land safely. They...

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  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

    Seljalandsfoss is one of the most popular and most visited waterfalls in Iceland. We visited on our South Coast Tour with Iceland Guided Tours. It's not the biggest or most powerful waterfall in Iceland, but it is somewhat unique in that there is a trail leading behind the waterfall and you can walk all the way around it and take pictures from...

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  • Skógafoss Waterfall

    Skógafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. We visited on our South Coast Tour with Iceland Guided Tours. It's right off Route 1 about 150 km from Reykjavík or about a 2 hour drive. The waterfall is very large - 25 m wide and 62 m tall - and has an almost perfectly rectangular shape. According to legend, the first...

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  • Landmannalaugar Day Hike

    Most hikers come to Landmannalaugar to start (or finish) hiking the Laugavegur trail. But if you're only visiting for a short time, there is a wonderful and short 4-km loop trail at Landmannalaugar with absolutely breathtaking sights, without the time and commitment of a long-distance backpacking trip. We visited Landmannalaugar on a day tour with...

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  • Lakes near Landmannalaugar

    Around the area of Landmannalaugar in Friðland að Fjallabaki (Fjallabaki Nature Reserve), there are several beautiful lakes. We had a short stop at two of these lakes during our Landmannalaugar with Iceland Guided Tours - Hnausapollur and Frostastaðavatn. Frostastaðavatn is a beautiful lake just north of Landmannalaugar on F208 with some of the...

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  • Álftavatn: Climb Brattháls for Superb...

    We reached Álftavatn hut in the early afternoon, and were looking for a short side trip. We asked the advice of the young and pretty hut warden, and she recommended climbing Brattháls, the ridge on the east shore of the lake, a 45-60 minute hike uphill. It was a relief to leave the heavy backpacks behind in the hut, take a bottle of water and start...

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  • Baugsstaðir creamery.

    Baugsstaðir creamery is the only creamery left in Iceland with its original equipment. It is now a museum. The creamery was established in 1905 by the farmers in this area and it was in operation here until 1952. By the creamery is a creek and from there the creamery got its power by a waterwheel.The products made here were butter and cheese, both...

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  • Laugavegur Trek: Day 2

    We woke up in the Hrafntinnusker hut to a morning of sunshine which came through the loft window directly to our sleeping bags. It was a glorious day for trekking.The second segment of the trek, from Hrafntinnusker to the Álftavatn hut, is 12 km long, an easier hike than the first day. At first we descended from Hrafntinnusker to the valley below,...

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  • Laugavegur Trek: Day 1

    We set out from the Landmannalaugar hut, and started following the trail marked by red-tipped wooden sticks. Here it was, Laugavegur, the 4-day trek that will take us through mountains and valleys, lava fields and snow, ice-cold rivers and steaming hot springs, to Thorsmork, 55 km to the south-west...The first day's hike was 12 km long, with a net...

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  • Landmannalaugar

    Go to Landmannalaugar for the natural beauty of the colorful rhyolite hills, for the open hot springs, and for hiking and trekking. We took the "Reykjavik Excursions" bus to Landmannalaugar as the starting point of the well-known Laugavegur trek.Route F225 road to Landmannalaugar is very scenic. It is navigable in summer to 4 wheel drive vehicles....

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  • Fagrifoss Waterfall

    On our bus ride back from the Laki craters to Kirkjubæjarklaustur we stopped near Fagrifoss.The bus sometimes stops there on the way to Laki and sometimes on the way back, the decision is left to the driver's discretion.The beautiful waterfall lookout is an easy 5 minute walk from the parking lot.Iceland's waterfalls did not cease to amaze me:...

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