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Inspiration

Inspiration

What gives you inspiration? A restless ocean? A raging river?  Ephemeral northern lights? A tasty blood pudding? Let Iceland inspire you. The island and its surrounding waters manifest an incredibly breathtaking nature and its inhabitants preserve and nurture an unequaled culture. However, each part of the country is unique.

Towns

In South Iceland there are quite a few small towns and villages.
Selfoss is the largest town with a variety of shops, services and many restaurants and fast food places. Other towns in the south of Iceland are Hveragerði, often referred to as the flowertown due to it´s many greenhouses and geothermal cultivation. Hveragerði hosts the horticultural department of Icelands Agricultural University and located in the center of town is the Geothermal Park, a geothermal area which is open during summer and upon request for groups in the wintertime. Hveragerði also has an earthquake exhibition with an earthquake simulator. Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki are small villages by the seaside close to Selfoss.
In the past, Eyrarbakki was the center of commerce for a large area and many of its old wooden houses have been renovated, giving the town quite a charming look.
Stokkseyri has a elve- and troll museum and a ghost museum as well, were you can be thouroughly frightened. Þorlákshöfn is a growing harbour town with a new swimming pool with excellent facilities for young children. Flúðir, Reykholt og Laugarvatn are towns located further inland. In Flúðir and Reykholt there is quite a lot of geothermal cultivation. The University of Icelands department of physical education, is located at Laugarvatn as well as Laugarvatn Fontana, a spa with natural steambaths.
The small towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur are closer to the coast and right by the main highway. They offer services, and several points of interest. Skógar has  few inhabitants, but it´s the home of a beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss and an excellent historical museum, well worth a visit.
The town of Vík in Mýrdalur is located in a beautiful setting by the sea. It´s signature black sand beaches and the famous Reynisdrangar make Vík a truly memorable place to visit. Vík also has a tourist information center and the study and research center, Kötlusetur.
Kirkjubæjarklaustur is a historical sight with many natural wonders in the visinity.
Sometimes named the lobstertown, Höfn in Hornafjörður offers several services, such as gasstations, banks, stores, hotels and restaurants, many of which specialize in lobster.

Travel ideas

Here you can find travel ideas for South Iceland. Those are just to give ideas and it is also possible to use just one day out of the itinerary.

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South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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Map Höfn Kirkjubæjarklaustur Vík Vestmannaeyjar Hvolsvöllur Flúðir Laugarvatn Reykholt Laugarás Borg Brautarholt Hveragerði Árnes Selfoss Hella Stokkseyri Eyrarbakki Þykkvibær Þórlákshöfn