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One of Iceland's most popular tourist areas, inland Árnessýsla boasts a wealth of natural wonders and well-marked historical sites. Hot springs and geothermal heat characterise the region and make their impact on the culture of the area, as well as on the historical sites marking milestones in the history of the country and society of Iceland. The inlands in Árnessýsla stretch from Þingvellir to the Þjórsá river and into the central highlands. The inhabitants are abut 2600 and live in four municipalities: Bláskógabyggð, Grímsnes- og Grafningshreppur, Hrunamannahreppur and Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur.


Ásahreppur is a community on the western edge of Rangárvallasýsla and takes its name from "the ásar", natural ridges in the area. On the Ring Road the community has its limits from the bridge of Þjórsá river in the west and to the east the boundary is about 500 m from Landvegamót. There has been a bridge across Þjórsá since 1895. Ásahreppur has about 170 inhabitants who have agriculture and service as their main employment. The nature varies between grassy swamps, reclaimable land, farm areas, hills and ridges. The biggest nesting place of the grey lag goose is in the swampy desolated area of Frakkavatn. The structure of habitation is mostly clusters of farms around the ridges, Vetleifsholtscluster, Áscluster, Ásmundarstaðircluster, Hamracluster, Sumaliðabæjarcluster, and Kálfholtscluster. In the area of Ásahreppur there are many artificial caves, used as animal houses up to the 20th century, but in the first centuries after the settlement of Iclenad it is said they were used for human habitation. Schools and other basic service for the inhabitants of Ásahreppur are kept up in good co-operation with their neighbouring communitys in Rangárvallasýsla, Skaftárhreppur and Mýrdalshreppur.

Borg is a growing small village. There you will find a swimming pool , campsite, grocery store and coffee house.

A small village. Swimming pool, shop, community center and camp site.


Eyrarbakki, pop. 585, is a friendly village that used to be the largest commercial community and main harbor on the South Coast of Iceland. A large number of preserved houses from 1890 - 1920 are situated in Eyrarbakki and a visit is therefore like going 100 years back in time. Other great attractions are The Eyrarbakki Maritime Museum and the Árnessýsla Folk Museum which is located in a building constructed in 1765, famously known as "The House". Here you can also find a campsite, hostel, guesthouses and a great restaurant. On the rocky shoreline is an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean where you can watch the surf break. It is an ideal spot for hiking and bird watching. Passing the beautiful recreational forest Hallskot northwest of Eyrarbakki you enter the Flói Bird Reserve. It is an important nesting area, especially for wetland birds, and is listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Bird Life International.


The Municipality of Árborg was established in 1998. It consists of the town Selfoss, villages of Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri and the Sandvík area. This region offers great options for recreation and relaxation including a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, art galleries, museums and swimming pools, as well as a 9-hole golf course in Selfoss. A perfect location for any visitor who wants to stay closer to nature and explore unique landscapes such as large lava fields and black sand beaches.

The Árborg area has a population of 10.346 people (September 2020).


Flóahreppur is a peaceful municipality situated in South Iceland, between the two large Salmon Rivers Hvítá and Þjórsá. Flóahreppur is famous for it´s wide panorama view in all directions, range of mountains, glaciers and islands. In the area is Iceland´s most voluminous Waterfall Urriðafoss, were Þjórsá River falls off the margin of Þjórsárhraun a Lava Field that came about 8.000 years ago and is one of the largest known Lava-flows anywhere on Earth. Flóahreppur is a paradise for people who love nature and bird-watching. Bird-life around the area has great variety and is an interesting choice for bird-watchers. Here you can see Icelandic birds in their natural environment without any difficulties. Flóahreppur is also ideal for walking, cycling and riding.

Culture in the area has historical deep roots and great emphasis is placed on the preservation of cultural heritage, whether it is crafts, inventions, history, traditional farmhouses or churches. In Flóahreppur you will find variety of recreational possibilities and services such as accommodations, museums, craft workshops, farm lodgings and country boutiques - to name a few. Flóahreppur is a vibrant community with a diverse society, which offers a number of events and gatherings, both new and old traditional ones. Flóamanna Saga is one of the Icelandic Sagas and preserves memories of this area.

During the period from mid September until March/April if you are lucky you might see pink clouds dancing around the sky just like a Symphony Orchestra playing in the sky a breathtaking and unforgettable performance. That´s what we call the Northern Lights some call it Aurora Borealis. That is just one of the Winter-Charms Flóahreppur has to offer. A visit to Flóahreppur is a unique experience that you will not forget. The people of Flóahreppur welcomes you to experience our heritage, beautiful and peaceful environment, but first and foremost the wonders of Flóahreppur.


Flúðir is a rapidly growing community in the centre of Hrunamannahreppur district, about 25 minutes off the main Ring Road. The area is considered to be very fertile and beautiful. Litla-Laxá, a clear spring river runs through the village in an attractive basin. Miðfell, a small mountain, towers over Flúðir, and gives the surrounding area a distinctive look. Good walking and riding paths lie to the top of Miðfell. Up there you will find an impressive lake and from the top there is a great view over the area.

The main sources of employment in Flúðir are services, industry and horticulture. Geothermal heat is utilized for greenhouses, and there is the biggest mushroom factory in Iceland. The surrounding area is a
popular location for summerhouses. Flúðir has excellent services available for visitors. Among those are accommodation, restaurants, grocery store, camping ground, swimming pool, golf course, football golf, horse rental and The Secret Lagoon.


Inhabitants in Rangárþing ytra (westen Rangárþing) are 1526 (year 2016). The borders of the district are by Ásahreppur district, from the river Þjórsá in the west, to the glacier Vatnajökull in the north. The south borders are from the glacier Mýrdaljökull to the river Eystri-Rangá. In Rangárþing ytra are extensive agricultural productions. In the area you can find many well known nature resources and historical places for example Hekla, Landmannalaugar and the sagatrail of Njáls saga. The district's most populated area is the town Hella with 823 inhabitants(year 2016). Hella's primary businesses are service for the agriculture, inhabitants and the tourism industry. At Hella you can find, a bank, a post office, a tourist information center, a hotel, guesthouses, camping sites, restaurants, shops, a pharmacy, a healthcare center, a sport center, a swimming pool, primary school, car services, rescue team, gas stations and other businesses and public services.


Hornafjörður is a blooming community close to the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull in the south eastern part of Iceland. The district's most densely populated area is Höfn. In this region you are located at the base of Vatnajökull, and the scenery is breathtaking. Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe, is situated in the community. In the last few decades tourism has grown enormously and has, in fact, become a major economic sector in the community. Diverse services are provided, including hotels, camping sites, restaurants, shops, swimming pools, golf courses, marked hiking trails and various museums, such as maritime museum, two national park visitor centres and the centre of the great writer Þórbergur Þórðarson.

Höfn's growth in the 20th century from a small village to today's town was a result of the development of a relatively diverse fishing industry. The landed catch is now more varied than in other fishing towns, including high-value species such as the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus), but a good part of the Icelandic lobster catch is landed at Höfn. In recent years the town has promoted lobster as a central part of its image, for instance with a "lobster festival" that is held each summer. Höfn actually means harbour, though repeated dredging has proved necessary to keep the entrance of the harbour safe from sand deposits.


We would like to welcome you to the unique town of Hveragerði. What makes it unique? Well the town is positioned on a active volcanic zone that traverses Iceland from south-west to north-east. Earthquakes are frequent thanks to the tectonic movements that rumble below, the most recent on May 29th 2008, that was 6.3 on the Richter scale. There are tales of a hot spring gushing up through a wash room floor following a volcanic eruption of Mt. Hekla in 1947. Another tale tells of unwanted household objects being hurled through the air from one of the hot springs in the Geothermal Park! Hveragerði is famous for its many greenhouses that use the geothermal heat from the ground to grow vegetables and flowers all year long.

There are great nature walks in and around Hveragerði and the hike to the Hot River in Reykjadalur is the most popular one. Please be careful and please take all the trash back with you.

There are few active hot springs in and around Hveragerði and we therefore ask you please excercise caution when exploring them, because of their unpredictable surroundings.

Hveragerði is indeed a very special and unique place.


Hvolsvöllur - Rangárþing eystra with a population of about 1800, is a vast district in central South Iceland and ranges from the highlands to the sea. It boasts a great number of geological wonders, a fact which led the area to be a part of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark along with two other districts to the east; Mýrdalshreppur and Skaftárhreppur. Rangárþing eystra is known for its many beautiful nature scenes like the waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, Þórsmörk which is a paradise for hikers and the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

The district's most densely populated area is the town Hvolsvöllur with about 900 inhabitants. Hvolsvöllur's primary businesses are services for the agriculture, their surrounding areas and the tourism industry. Hvolsvöllur is in fact the only town in Iceland which has not been established by the sea or a river, but entirely as a center of service for the area. Only about 100 km from Reykjavík, Hvolsvöllur is an excellent location from which to base for exploration of South Iceland. Its central location makes it ideal for day trips in the region and then back for a good night's sleep in one of the area's many types of accommodation. You can find a lovely green area in the center of town where you can stretch your legs, let your kids play and enjoy a picnic and each summer you find there an outdoor exhibition by local area photographers. Only 30 minutes from Hvolsvöllur you can find Landeyjahöfn from where you take the ferry to Vestmannaeyjar.

At Hvolsvöllur you can find the Njál's Saga Center which is fitting since all around town is the scene of action for one of the most famous Icelandic Saga, The story of burnt Njal. Also you can visit The LAVA centre, opened in 2017, which is an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland.

At Hvolsvöllur there is a bank, a post office, a tourist information center, a hotel, guesthouses, camping sites, restaurants, shops, a pharmacy, a healthcare center, a fully equipped sports center, a swimming pool, car services, a rescue team, gas stations and other businesses and public services.

Katla UNESCO Global Geopark and Vestmannaeyjar

Katla UNESCO Global Geopark og Vestmannaeyjar is a powerful region...



Skaftárhreppur district is the centre of the south of Iceland and the perfect location to stay while taking day tours to see many of Iceland's best known natural treasures, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Langisjór lake, Eldgjá fissure, Laki craters, the lava field Eldhraun and Fjaðrárgljúfur. Easy but very interesting 5 km hike trail is Ástarbrautin (The Love Path in Kirkjubæjarklaustur). This is an area where saga meets lava. On the web you can find more about history, culture and the nature in the area. The district is part of Katla geopark and the gateway to the western part of Vatnajökull National Park.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Skaftárhreppur

Kirkjubæjarklaustur was known in olden times as "Kirkjubær" (Church Farm) and was an important farming estate. It is one of the most tongue-twisting words to pronounce of any location in Iceland. Kirkjubæjarklaustur has developed into a village, the only centre of population in the district, with about 150 inhabitants. Kirkjubæjarklaustur, often abbreviated to "Klaustur", is centrally located in the district. Roads radiate from Klaustur in many different directions and the Ring Road runs through the district. The Fjallabak roads (north and south) lead from the Ring Road into the interior via Skaftártunga.The Laki road, just west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, leads into the highlands.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur is the only place between Vík and Höfn which offers services, as a fuel station,
wine store and a supermarket. Nearby tourist attractions include the Laki craters, the Eldgjá and Skaftafell. Near the Ring Road you find Fjaðrárgljúfur, accessible all the year around. An attraction close to the village is Kirkjugólf (Church Floor), a natural pavement of basalt. These are basalt columns down in the earth, eroded and shaped by wind and waves, but only the top can be seen, and they, as the name suggests, have the appearance of a paved church floor. It is a protected natural monument. This lava formation has similar origins as the Giant's Causeway in Ireland. All these attractions contribute to the popularity of Kirkjubæjarklaustur as a stopping point for tourists.


The development of the small village Laugarás started when geothermal activity was discovered in the area. There are numerous horticultural farms in the region and various services; camp site, hotel, greenhouse visits and the Domestic Animal park. The Health Care Clinic for the area is located in Laugarás.


Laugarvatn is a shallow lake, about 2 km2 in size, and is located in the inlands of Árnessýsla, midway between Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, 100 km from Reykjavík. Under its floor there are hot springs heating the lake so it is warm and suitable for bathing all year round. On its bank rests a village of over 300 inhabitants, also named Laugarvatn.

The Laugarvatnsfjall mountain with its birch-covered slopes on the west shelters the village and also adds to the charm and beauty of the place. Between the mountain and the lake, north of the village, there is a panoramic point (hringsjá) providing a good view over the lake and its surroundings. In addition, amongst the green hills and woods north of the lake the area is suitable for camping, pony-trekking and hiking. Nearby you will find a lot of marked hiking routes.

It is possible to hire a boat or a sailboard to use at lake Laugarvatn. Just outside Laugarvatn there is a golf course and possibilities of angling in lakes and rivers in the area. Laugarvatn is a popular tourist resort for Icelanders, and it is also the site of educational institutions, as for example the Grammar School of Laugarvatn. There are two Edda Hotels located there as well.

Ölfus / Þorlákshöfn

Ölfus municipality is located on the south west coast of Iceland, approx. 50 km from Reykjavík capital. The population is slightly over 2000 inhabitants and is growing. The fishing village Thorlákshöfn is the largest in the municipality with approx. 1600 inhabitants.

Ölfus offers a wide range of beautiful landscapes with black sand beaches, cliffs, lava formations, caves, geothermal areas and vivid hot springs.

From Thorlákshöfn village and all over the municipality you have sensational panoramic views over most of the south coast e.g. over the volcanoes Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull and to the Westman Islands.

In Thorlákshöfn you can find the best surfing spot in Iceland. For beginners the black sand beach is perfect and for advanced surfers the waves by the lighthouse are superb.

Ölfus municipality is a popular viewing point for the Northern Lights in the south due to little to no light pollution.

The tourist information centre is located in the library in Thorlákshöfn and is open from 12:30 to 17:30 on weekdays. The campsite in Thorlákshöfn is situated next to the church, behind the swimming pool. 

Tourist information centre in Thorlákshöfn
Hafnarberg 1
815 Thorlákshöfn
Tel. +354 480 3830
Opening hours: Weekdays from 12:30 – 17:30


The development of the small village Reykholt started in the first half of the 20th century, when geothermal activity was discovered in the area. There are numerous horticultural farms in the region and increasing services; grocery store, swimming pool, guesthouse, camp site, horse-shows and greenhouse visits for groups.

Here is video from Reykholt in South Iceland.

The Vatnajökull Region

The Vatnajökull Region reaches from majestic Lómagnúpur in the west to scenic Hvalnes in the east. In this area travellers can visit Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, and its surrounding area, which has a lot to offer. 


Vatnajökull National Park is a magnificent area that boasts incredible ice caves, magical lagoons of floating ice, and crawling outlet glaciers, some within easy reach. Black sand beaches are a common sight in the Vatnajökull Region. The black sand is the result of the glacier grinding down its bedrock. Much of it is carried to the sea by glacial rivers where the waves, winds and currents mould it into complex scenic formations. In the most Western part of the Vatnajökull Region is Skeiðarárandur which is the largest black glacier sand area in the world.


The area offers a wide variety of restaurants, many using locally grown ingredients. In the magnificent nature of the Vatnajökull Region, everyone can find enjoyable recreation. There are options for adventure trips as well as relaxing trips both in summer and winter and for all ages. Visitors in the Vatnajökull Region can choose from a variety of activities, scenic views, historical sites and points of interest.  You can choose from vast outdoor activities such as golf, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, mountaineering, trekking, ice climbing, glacier walks, kayak tours, boat tours, snowmobile tours and super jeep tours. The area also proudly presents marked hiking trails in various areas at the edge of Vatnajökull Glacier.  

Visit Þorbergur Centre of Culture or The Art Gallery in Höfn. Take a swim in the heated swimming pool in the town of Höfn or relax in the geothermal hot tubs in Hoffell.

You will be in awe while travelling along the stunning countryside in the southeast, nested between the glaciers and the Atlantic coastline.  In addition, the scenic fishing town of Höfn is well worth a visit, as it is also known as the “Lobster Capital” of Iceland.


Selfoss, pop. 8.832 is the largest town in South Iceland and the main center of trade and industry. The distance from the capital is 57 km and various options are available for anyone who wants to stay in this friendly town. A number of restaurants and cafés are situated in the heart of Selfoss, along with various kind of shops. The town also has an outdoor swimming pool with sauna and hot tubs. North of Selfoss you will find the recreation forest of Hellisskógur with interesting footpaths alongside Ölfusá River. On the far side bank of that same river you can also find a 9-hole golf course. In Selfoss you can find all types of accommodation.

Further information is given at The Selfoss Area Information Office, located at Austurvegur 2.


The Municipality of Árborg was established in 1998. It consists of the town Selfoss, villages of Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri and the Sandvík area. This region offers great options for recreation and relaxation including a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, art galleries, museums and swimming pools, as well as a 9-hole golf course in Selfoss. A perfect location for any visitor who wants to stay closer to nature and explore unique landscapes such as large lava fields and black sand beaches.

The Árborg area has a population of 10.346 people (September 2020).

Selfoss Area

The municipalities of Árborg and Flóahreppur in South Iceland share a rich history, beautiful scenery and a friendly population of 8.817 people. The largest town is Selfoss and about 13 kilometres south of Selfoss are the villages Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri which are located next to the seashore. The regions and its surrounding areas have endless possibilities for travellers. You may have heard about the Icelandic nature, the culture, the sagas and want to experience all of it. Maybe you are planning a conference or just want a place where you can relax and enjoy the quiet. Look no further for the region has all of this and more. If you are staying in one of the many accommodations available in Árborg and Flóahreppur then there are countless possibilities for trips and tours. You can go on a scenic walk, go bird watching, trips to the seashore, kayaking, horse riding, enjoy beautiful scenery while quad biking or have history brought to life on a historical Saga tour. You can visit one of the many geothermal swimming pools, go fishing or golfing, visit museums, taste the local food, browse all sorts of handcraft or just go for a walk around the area. This is only a fraction of the endless options that await you in the region and its surroundings and if you are wondering how to get around there are car rentals, taxi services, four wheel private tours, bus rentals, scheduled tour buses or public transportation. So don’t wait, pick up the phone or write an e-mail to one of the many travel companies at your disposal.

Selfoss Area is your destination!

Selfoss Area Information Center
Austurvegur 2 (in the library)
800 Selfoss
tel: +354 480 1990


Skógar is a small village with about 25 inhabitants. Despite it's
small size it has various accommodation and restaurant possibilities. Skógar
used to be known for it's school and the main school building is the most
important building of Skógar, built in 1949. The school building is now a
hotel. Skógafoss waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland.
Situated next to the stunning Skógafoss
waterfall in extraordinarily beautiful natural surroundings, the Skógar Folk
Museum preserves the cultural heritage of southern Iceland through its
collection of tools and equipment, handicrafts, old buildings, books,
manuscripts, and documents.
It also has a museum of transports. Above
the museum and old schoolbuilding there is the Völvuskógur forest which has various
trails. One of the most popular trails at Skógar though, is the Fimmvörðuháls
trail which starts at Skógar and goes between the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull
glaciers and descends in Þórsmörk.


Sólheimar is considered the oldest Eco-Village in the world. Sólheimar were established as a children's home 80 years ago, but today Sólheimar focuses onoffering people with special needs varied and creative employment opportunities, jobs in organic horticulture and forestry in a close-knit community that focuses on environmental issues and vivid cultural life. Sólheimar workplaces include six creative art workshops, Naerandi - an organic bakery, Ölur - organic forestry, Sunna - organic horticulture, Brekkukot Guesthouse and catering service, and Graena Kannan - organic café. All products are sold in the Vala grocery store and art gallery.



Stokkseyri, pop. 559, is a charming village renowned for its beautiful seashore, breaking ocean waves and birdlife as well as being rich in handicraft and culture. Workshops, galleries, Ghost Center and the Elves and Northern Lights Museum are all located in a Cultural Centre, Menningarverstöðin, an old fish processing factory that has found a new role due to changes in the fishing industry. The Wildlife Museum is dedicated to hunting and wildlife, and contains a large number of mammals and birds. The bunkhouse Þuríðarbúð provides an excellent example of how fishermen had to make use of what nature provided. Stokkseyri also offers one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Iceland, an outdoor swimming pool, kayak tours and a campsite. East of Stokkseyri is Knarrarósviti Lighthouse, built in 1938 and put into operation a year later. For further information, visit the tourist information at the local Café, Gimli Kaffihús.


The Municipality of Árborg was established in 1998. It consists of the town Selfoss, villages of Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri and the Sandvík area. This region offers great options for recreation and relaxation including a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, art galleries, museums and swimming pools, as well as a 9-hole golf course in Selfoss. A perfect location for any visitor who wants to stay closer to nature and explore unique landscapes such as large lava fields and black sand beaches.

The Árborg area has a population of 10.346 people (September 2020).

The Golden Circle area

The Golden Circle area reaches from Selvogur west of Þorlákshöfn to the east of the town of Hella, along the seaside, and in to the highlands. The area is as vast as it is diverse; there is a wide variety of attractions such as Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss and Geysir, which together comprise the golden circle, the highland areas of Kerlingarfjöll, Kjölur, Sprengisandur and Landmannalaugar, Langjökull glacier and the Hekla volcano with its surrounding area, to name a few.

The area is rich in culture and history and offers a wide variety of activities such as horseback riding, jeep safaris, glacier tours, sailing, salmon and trout fishing, golfing, hiking and various other interesting activities. We encourage all our visitors to be mindful of the environment and treat our nature with the utmost respect; our natural treasures are sensitive and we intend to preserve it for generations to come.

The Golden Circle area has a rich food culture and has a longstanding history of producing dairy products, meat and vegetables. There is a wide range of local restaurants and some of them even offer the experience of having food served straight from farm to table. The area‘s natural geo-thermal energy has also been a source for innovation and inspiration when it comes to food and you may find some of the restaurants use the hot springs to actually cook some of the food.

The area is rich in artistry and natural resources; a considerable amount of hand-made products can be found in the area, ranging from items made of wood to wool and glass. There is also to be found an array of greenhouses, an abundance of green energy; including geothermal energy, hydropower energy and wind power energy.

The Golden Circle area is rich in agriculture. Some of the country’s largest horse breeding farms and horse rentals are situated in the area. You can take a guided tour in a dairy farm as well as farms that have been designed for tourists to visit. In addition to all this, the area is famous for its rich birdlife and there are many locations that offer an easy access to bird-watching.


Thorlakshofn is a family friendly fishing village, located on the south coast of Iceland. There you can find a bank, post office, bakery, public library with hot spot service, a clock museum, outside playgrounds, an information centre and the cutest café in the south as well as several bistros.

It also has a modern, fully equipped sports facility, a nice swimming pool and a very challenging 18 holes sand golf course.

Thorlakshofn is the central town of the Olfus municipality, enjoying a wide range of beautiful landscapes with black sand beaches, cliffs, lava formations, caves, geothermal areas and vivid hot springs.  The Olfus region is the largest horse breeding area in Iceland, so horse riding across the highlands and the vast black sand beaches is a big attraction.


The Westman Islands are a group of islands off the south coast of Iceland. They consist of 15 islands in addition to 30 cliffs and skerries that make up the archipelago. Heimaey is the only island inhabited all year long.

The first sources of the Westman Islands can be found in Landnáma, a medieval Icelandic written work that describes the settlement of Iceland. Landnáma tells the story of Ingólfur Arnarson, Iceland's first settler. His foster brother, Hjörleifur Hróðmarsson, was killed by his slaves. The slaves fled to the islands but Ingólfur Arnarson hunted them down and killed them. These slaves, originated from Ireland, were known as the West Men, thus the name, the Westman Islands. Still today, many places in the Westman Islands bear names from the event.

The first settler of the island of Heimaey was Herjólfur Bárðarson, who lived in the valley Herjólfsdalur, approx. in the year 900.

Three times in the history of the Westman Islands, the population has taken considerable dives. First in the year 1627 during the events known as The Algerian Pirate Raid when 234 people were captured by pirates from Algeria. The islanders also suffered greatly in the early 18th century, when more than half of all newborns died from neonatal tetanus. Lastly, the population of the Westman Islands went from 5100 to 200, temporarily, during the 1973 volcanic eruption, as all the inhabitants fled to the mainland. Today around 4.300 people live in the Westman Islands.

There are two ways to get to Vestmannaeyjar, by ferry or by plane. The ferry Herjolfur sails up to five times a day from the harbor at Landeyjahöfn to Vestmannaeyjar and back again. The ferry ride takes approximately half an hour. Make sure to book in advance, especially if you intend to bring your car or motorcycle or caravan with you, as the ferry is very popular during summer when Icelanders are on holidays, too. The ferry Herjolfur can be found online and on Facebook if you want to plan your trip early, and there is a bus servicing travelers wanting to get to Landeyjahöfn or back to Reykjavík, as well. Vetsmannaeyjar is only 20 minutes away from Reykjavik by plane. Eagle Air Iceland flies two times a day to and from Vestmannaeyjar. For further information please turn to Eagle Air's website where you can get detailed information on flight schedules and prices as well as book online. It's possible to fly with Atlatsflug from Bakki to Vestmannaeyjar. The tourist information in Vestmannaeyjar is also more than ready to assist you if you have any questions regarding your trip.

Visit Vestmannaeyjar invites you to explore our website and find out what the tourist industry has to offer for our visitors in Vestmannaeyjar. On our site, you will find general information about the members of the tourist industry, services, and upcoming events on the island. You can look for information on how to plan your journey, by ferry or by plane. Entertainment, boat trips, and museums, you will find it in! If you plan to stay overnight, which we totally recommend, you can find information on accommodation and of course where to dine, restaurants, cafés or just at the typical Icelandic "sjoppa", we have it all.


Mýrdalshreppur is one of the three municipalities within Katla Geopark, a UNESCO Global geopark. Vík in Mýrdalshreppur is situated in the center of the Geopark and is also Iceland's southernmost village. The muncicipality is bordered by Mýrdalsjökull glacier to the north, Jökulsá river to the west, Blautakvísl river to the east and black sand beaches to the south. Due to the sandy beaches and rough seas, Vík remains Iceland's only sea-side village which has no harbour. Despite the lack of port, it has for long been an important trading post for farmers along the south coast of Iceland.


The Vík area is truly a place of outdoor adventures. Mýrdalsjökull glacier offers opportunities such as guided glacier hikes, year-round ice cave explorations, glacier-lagoon kayaking and snowobiling near Katla volcano. The adrenaline will surely kick in on an ATV tour on the black sand beaches of Sólheimasandur; Zip-lining down a canyon or floating in the air in a thrilling paragliding adventure. For those who prefer to have both feet on the ground, there are numerous hiking routes in the area and a golf course in beautiful scenery at the outskirts of Vík. Last but not least, a horse riding tour along the black sand beach overlooking Reynisdrangar sea stacks is an unforgettable experience.

Museums and exhibitions

The Icelandic Lava Show is the only place in the world where you can safely see molten lava at 1100 degrees Celcius. It is a unique exhibition which no visitor should miss. At Katla center, you will find a free exhibition about Katla volcano and the global geopark the town is situated in. The town's unique seafaring history is depicted in the Skaftfellingur maritime museum, whose centerpiece is undoubtedly the wooden ship Skaftfellingur which was used to freight products and people along the harbourless coast up until the mid 20th century.


Nestled between the black sands and the white glacier cap are grassy hills and mountains. A walk up Reynisfjall mountain is a local favorite, providing views over the Atlantic and close proximity to gorgeous bird cliffs. A walk up Hatta mountain will in addition give you a view over the glacier and Heiðarvatn lake. On Hjörleifshöfði cape you will find ruins of an old farm and a viking burial mound. A drive to Þakgil canyon (accessible in summer only) will provide you with even more hiking opportunities. You will find maps and information about hiking and activities at the Katla information center at Víkurbraut 28, Vík.

Visit Hella

Welcome to Rangárþing ytra. one of Iceland’s largest municipalities in terms of geographical size, with over 1,600 residents. It is one of three municipalities in the county of Rangárvallasýsla, which lies across the middle of South Iceland and has many unique natural resources, both in the lowlands and highlands.

The volcanic zone lies across the municipality, including one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, Hekla, which stands at 1,491 m above sea level and has erupted six times over the last century, in 1947, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1991 and 2000. Some geothermal heat can be found in the region, not least in the area around Torfajökull, which is one of the most geothermally active areas in Iceland.

The Veiðivötn lakes are located in Landmannaafréttur. Every year, thousands of fishermen descend there, as the lakes are rich with Arctic char and trout. Aquaculture in Veiðivötn is overseen by the Landmannaafréttur Fishing Association.

Many popular hiking trails can be found in Rangárþing ytra, the best known is Laugavegur. Another hiking trail, less known, is Hellismannaleið. Both equally interesting.

All general services can be found in Rangárþing ytra, and the level of service is very high. The municipality has two nursery schools and two elementary schools, a healthcare centre, two swimming pools, grocery shops, a bank, an automobile workshop and a nursing and residential home.

The Icelandic horse has a place of honour in Rangárþing ytra and activities related to the Icelandic horse are various. Other types of activites are museums, Buggy tours, jeep tours, Mudshark fishing and so on.

Further information on interesting places and activities can be found on this website.

Á íslensku hér

The South Coast Lighthouse Trail

Off the beaten track, with easy reach from Keflavik airport, lies the South Coast Lighthouse Trail. It is a travel route that draws visitor’s attention to the villages and the area by the coast not far from the Golden Circle. On the Lighthouse Trail, you visit three villages: Þorlákshöfn, Eyrarbakki, and Stokkseyri, each with its own uniqueness. The Lighthouse Trail highlights the history and culture of the area as well as activities and nature. The route is about 45 – 49 km, depending on the preferences of transport, reaching from the cove Selvogur to the lighthouse Knarrarósviti.  

The Lighthouse Trail allows you to unwind with the help of nature‘s stillness and at the same time the Atlantic Ocean‘s energy. During the summer you can experience the midnight sun while you listen to the sea and birds. During winter you can see the starry sky shine, the moon reflecting in the ocean, and the northern lights dancing above you.  

The name stems from the three lighthouses that form the route; Selvogsviti and Knarrarósviti, which mark the beginning and end of the route, in addition to the third lighthouse, Hafnarnesviti in Þorlákshöfn. The South Coast Lighthouse Trail offers a wonderful variety for travelers. To get the strongest impressions you should probably stop the car and experience the coastline in different ways and take time to go on the walking paths, run, bike, or even go horseback riding. 

The coastline will expose you to the unpredictability of the weather in Iceland, the wind, the ocean, and stunning natural experiences, so be prepared. There are a number of simple, easily accessible places along the coastline where you can stop, stretch your legs, or just admire the natural features or the view. 

During the travel on the Lighthouse Trail, you can soak up the significant history of fishing, trade, and life in the area that has shaped the villages along the coast over the centuries. There are plenty of different activities that you can experience. In the villages, you can get in close contact with the ocean and nature by going kayaking or rib-boat tours and relax in the swimming pools afterward. Other experiences include horse rentals and visit the stables, visit museums and galleries, or ATV tours.  

A feast of flavors awaits while traveling the coastline as all villages have restaurants with the possibility of a delicious dining experience from local ingredients. Iceland has been known for its top-quality seafood so experience the finest and freshest that we offer in one of the coastal village’s restaurants. What is a more ideal short break than getting some delicious food!  

Many walking paths lie next to the coastline and there are outdoor recreation areas on The South Coast Lighthouse Trail, that allow you to soak up nature while resting.   

The South Coast Lighthouse Trail is ideal to take straight after you land in Iceland as you can drive the route directly from the airport to the South Coast. Thereby you can enjoy what the route has to offer immediately and straightaway get your insight into the lovely south coast, its activities, cuisine, and accommodation. The road leads off highway 1 and therefore easy to get on to the trail all year round. It is always a clever idea to familiarize yourself with the conditions and the roads before setting off, as well as to check if it is high or low tide to ensure the utmost safety. 

Allow plenty of time for the trip − stops are welcome whether you want to walk or just to enjoy the view. For those who take the time, there is a lot to be discovered. 

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