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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.


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.

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


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 utilised for greenhouses, and here 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 a grocery store, a restaurant, a swimming pool, accommodation in the three star Icelandair Hotel Flúðir, a camping ground, an information centre, a golf course, a horse rental, a bank, a post office and a small airfield. A folk museum is at the farm Gröf.

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.

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Great numbers of people pass through or by Hveragerði each year. With a population of about 2300 and located only 45 km from Reykjavik, Hveragerði may be viewed from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 5000 year-old lava field. Throughout the year, pillars of steam may be seen rising up from the town - and in summer it is truly a green community, abounding in trees. A green revolution is taking place as areas of woodland in and around Hveragerði expand, with the locals working together in order to further develop their blossoming town.

Certainly the most precious gem of the town of Hveragerði is its geothermal area - surely there are not many communities in the world with hot springs literally in their back yard. For safety reasons, the geothermal area is securely fenced off, but may be visited by arrangement with the tourist information centre.

A new hot spring area emerged from the ground in the earthquake that shook Iceland´s southern part on 29th May 2008. It is situated on the hillside rising above the town.
Several very active hot springs throw colourful mud and clear water up into the air and are a spectactular sight.

Besides the hot springs, Hveragerði has much to offer. Trout and salmon swim in the Varmá river, berries are for the picking on the heath to the west of the town, and the area abounds in excellent walking routes. Not to mention the swimming pool, hot baths, whirlpools, a natural sauna and a fitness centre. Also the NLFÍ Health and Rehabilitation Clinic offers opportunities to seek health and happiness.


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.


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.



Skaftárhreppur district is the centre of the south of Iceland and the perfect location to stay while taking daytours to see many of Iceland's bestt known natural treasures, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Langisjór lake, Eldgjá fissure, Laki craters and Reynisfjara black beach to name but a few. This is an area where saga meets lava and is easily accessible all year round. Through the app Locatify Smartguide you can find two audio-guides "The Laki eruption 1783-1784" and "Klaustur trail" and learn about more about the history of 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 Laki road, just west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, leads into the highlands. The circular Landbrot / Meðalland road serves the southern part of the district. The Fjallabak roads (north and south) lead from the Ring Road into the interior via Skaftártunga. The Álftaver road is a circular route serving Álftaver on Mýrdalssandur.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur is the only place between Vík and Höfn which offers services, including a fuel station, a bank, a post office and a supermarket. Nearby tourist attractions include the Laki craters, the Eldgjá and Skaftafell. 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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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 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 which 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 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 harbour 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 travellers 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 reconmend, you can find information on accommodation and of course where to dine, restaurants, cafés or just at the typicall Icelandic "sjoppa", we have it all.

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