The South Coast Lighthouse Trail From lighthouse to lighthouse

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. 

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Postal codes

800,801,815,816,820,825

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Bakkahestar
Day Tour Provider
  • Stekkjarvað 5
  • 820 Eyrarbakki
  • 823-2205
Steinsholt ferðaþjónusta
Guesthouses
  • Steinsholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6069, 863-8270, 847-7627
Cora´s House and Horses
Guesthouses
  • Bjarnastaðir
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 844-6967
Gallerý Gimli
Crafts & Design
  • Hafnargata 1
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 843-0398
Iceland South Coast Travel
Winter adventure
  • Lambastaðir
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 777-0705
Hestakráin country hotel / Land og hestar
Guesthouses
  • Húsatóftir 2a
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5616, 895-0066
Private accommodation Fossnes
Farm Holidays
  • Fossnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6079
The Wildlife Museum
Museums
  • Eyrarbraut 49
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 4831558, 896-6131
Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Þorlákshöfn Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Hafnarsandi
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-3009, 844-5756
Turf house
Museums
  • Asutur-Meðalholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 694-8108, 864-4484, 892-2702
Selfoss Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Selfossi
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3335
Hveragerdi - Stone & Mineral Museum
Museums
  • Fákasel, Ingólfshvoli í Ölfusi
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 847-3460
Geysir Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8733
Travel North
Jeep- & Glacier Tours
  • Sunnuvegur 5
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 7768707, 7700034
L.F.C Island
Day Tours
  • Egilsbraut 4
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 690-1111
The Ghost Centre
Exhibitions
  • Hafnargata 9
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 895-0020
GT Travel
Travel Agency
  • Fossnes C
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4801200, 568-1410
Nskt destination
Day Tour Provider
  • Tryggvagata 13
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 898-6463
Björn Jónsson
Farm Holidays
  • Vorsabær 2, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5522, 866-7420
Núpshestar
Horse Activities
  • Breiðanes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8525930
Kiðjaberg Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Grímsnes, Árnessýsla
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-4495
Vala Shop and Art Gallery
Crafts & Design
  • Sólheimar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-4450
Siggaferðir
Day Tour Provider
  • Hamarskot
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 772-6010
Eat in Iceland Scenic Food Tours
Day Tours
  • Ástjörn 7
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 697-9280
Iguide
Travel Agency
  • Móland 3
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 699 5777
Stöng, Viking-era Long house
Museums
  • Þjórsárdalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 488-7713, 488-7700
Expedition South Coast
Travel Agency
  • Eyrargata 51-53
  • 820 Eyrarbakki
  • 788-8200
Ride With Locals
Travel Agency
  • Strokkhólsvegur 7
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 699-5777
Between the Rivers
Day Tour Provider
  • Norðurbraut 33
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 822-3345
Stranda Church
Museums
  • Selvogur
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 893-3910
Þjórsárstofa
Camping
  • Árnes, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6115
Minniborgir Cottages
Cottages
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 3548683, 863-3592
Alhestar
Horse Activities
  • Faxabraut
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 650-6200
Katla Adventure
Day Tours
  • Knarrarholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 823-6119
Icelandic Wonders
Winter adventure
  • Hafnargata 9
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 854-4510, 483-1600
SPS-ferðir
Day Tour Provider
  • Stekkholt 1
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 856-5255
Slakki Mini Zoo
Mini-Zoo & Open farm
  • Laugarás
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8783, 693-0132, 868-7626
Sveitagarðurinn - petting zoo and activity park
Mini-Zoo & Open farm
  • Stóri-Háls
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 898-1599, 697-9461
Núpsverk
Day Tours
  • Stóri-Núpur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 848-1618, 848-1620
Kristján Einir Traustason
Day Tours
  • Einiholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 898-7972
Aurora Experience
Travel Agency
  • Hafnargata 9
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 551-1166, 895-0020
Paintball
Paintball & Lasertag
  • Kálfhólar 21
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 857-2000

Others

Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Geysir Camping Site
Camping
  • Geysir, Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-6800
Private accommodation Fossnes
Farm Holidays
  • Fossnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6079
Hvoll
Cottages
  • Hvoll
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 845-2980
Thorlakshofn Camping site
Camping
  • Skálholtsbraut
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 839-9091
Björn Jónsson
Farm Holidays
  • Vorsabær 2, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5522, 866-7420
Camp Boutique
Glamping
  • Loftsstaðir – Vestri
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 848-5805
Þingborg camp site
Camping
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 691-7082
BSG Apartments
Bed & Breakfast
  • Engjavegur 75
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 486-8642
Big Cabin Myrkholt
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Skálinn, Myrkholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8757, 895-9500, 867-3571
Stay for a tree - Studio Lodge
Farm Holidays
  • Ásamýri 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 857-1976
Fosssel
Bed & Breakfast
  • Fosssel
  • 816 Ölfus
Nordic Lodges Holt
Guesthouses
  • Torfastaðakot 5, í Landi Torfastaða
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 897-3015
The Barn House
Apartments
  • Strandgata 8b
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 660-2050
Torfastaðakot 15/Sigurhæð
Cottages
  • Torfstaðakot
  • 801 Selfoss
Ocean beach apartments
Apartments
  • Kumbaravogur
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 487-1212
Vacation house
Bed & Breakfast
  • Höfðatún
  • 801 Selfoss
Stokkseyri Camping site
Camping
  • Sólvellir
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 896-2144
Arabær Holiday Home
Cottages
  • Arabær , Háfur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 487-5818, 868-0304
Eyrarbakki Camping ground
Camping
  • v/Búðarstíg
  • 820 Eyrarbakki
  • 483-1408
Bella Apartments & Rooms
Guesthouses
  • Austurvegur 35
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-7800, 859-6162
Poets House Selfoss
Bed & Breakfast
  • Þórsmörk 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 849-0237
Guesthouse Geldingaholt
Guesthouses
  • Vestra Geldingaholt
  • 801 Selfoss
Laugarás
Cottages
  • Austurbyggð 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • -
Norðheimar
Apartments
  • Norðurgata 4
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 553-6079
Strýta
Cottages
  • Strýta
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 892-0344, 863-6417
Country Dream Guesthouse
Hostels
  • Langholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 659-2030
Guesthouse Gaulverjaskóli / The Old School House
Guesthouses
  • Gaulverjaskóli
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 551-0654, +354 767-2654
Hestakráin country hotel / Land og hestar
Guesthouses
  • Húsatóftir 2a
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5616, 895-0066
Birkikinn Holiday Home
Cottages
  • Birkikinn
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 892-0626
Hlíð
Cottages
  • Hlíð
  • 801 Selfoss
Hraunborgir Camping ground
Camping
  • Grímsnesi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-4414
Félagslundur félagsheimili
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagslundur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-4370
Eyvík cottage
Cottages
  • Heimaás
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 7707800
Black Beach guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Unubakki 4
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 556-1600
Hotel Selfoss
Hotels
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4802500
Mengi Kjarnholt
Hotels
  • Kjarnholt III
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 896-1988
Þjórsárdalur Camping Ground
Camping
  • Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 893-8889
Áslundur
Cottages
  • Miðengi 17
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 822-2202
Alftavik
Cottages
  • Álftavík
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 822-2202
Art Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Hafnargata 9
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 8942910, 894-2910
Hólar
Guesthouses
  • Hólar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 893-7389
Birkihof Lodge
Cottages
  • Eyrarbraut 11
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 778-9052, 692-4094
Kjóastaðir Farm
Guesthouses
  • Kjóastaðir 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8471046
Brekkugerði Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Laugarás, Bláskógabyggð
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 7797762
Hótel Hlíð Hveragerði
Hotels
  • Krókur
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 483-5444
Þjórsárstofa
Camping
  • Árnes, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6115
Borg Camping ground
Camping
  • Borg, Grímsnesi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 767-3411
Litli-Háls
Cottages
  • Litli Háls
  • 801 Selfoss
  • ???-????
Free Camping, Ölfus
Camping
  • Gata
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 483-1011, 863-9355
Klettar Tower Iceland
Guesthouses
  • Klettar
  • 801 Selfoss
Geysir Cottages
Cottages
  • Geysir, Haukadalur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-6800
Iceland´s Guesthouse
Hotels
  • Reykir, Axelshús
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 618-8000
Vesturbrúnir 4
Cottages
  • Vesturbrúnir 4
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 867-3448
Gljúfurbústaðir
Cottages
  • Gljúfur
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 892-6311, 483-4461
Cora´s House and Horses
Guesthouses
  • Bjarnastaðir
  • 816 Ölfus
  • 844-6967
Brún
Cottages
  • Austurbyggð 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • -
Gislaskali
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Svartárbotnum
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8757, 895-9500, 867-3571
Klettholt
Cottages
  • Klettholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 892-1340, 499-2540
South Central HI Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Blesastaðir 3
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 663-4666 , 823-3999
Hallkelshoalr
Cottages
  • Hallkelshólar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 566-7444, 892-7181, 693-4322
Minniborgir Cottages
Cottages
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 3548683, 863-3592
Bitra Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Bitra
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-0700
Heiðarbraut 22
Apartments
  • Heiðarbraut 22
  • 801 Selfoss
Arngrímslundur
Cottages
  • Skarð
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8635518
Fell
Guesthouses
  • Fell
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 821-6120
Selfoss HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Austurvegur 28
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821600
Þingborg
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-4370
Icelandic Cottages
Guesthouses
  • Hraunmörk Flóahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 898-0728, 567-0728
Guesthouse Heba
Bed & Breakfast
  • Íragerði 12
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 565-0354
Smáratún 10
Apartments
  • Smáratún 10
  • 800 Selfoss
Steinsholt ferðaþjónusta
Guesthouses
  • Steinsholt 2
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6069, 863-8270, 847-7627

Others

Við Faxa
Camping
  • Heiði
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 774-7440
Skálinn in Þorlákshöfn
Gas station
  • Óseyrarbraut 15
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-3801, 8943858
Surf & turf
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 22
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-2899, 896-1250
Subway
Diners
  • Eyrarvegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 530-7071
Slakki Mini Zoo
Mini-Zoo & Open farm
  • Laugarás
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8783, 693-0132, 868-7626
Private accommodation Fossnes
Farm Holidays
  • Fossnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6079
Árborg - Grill and store
Diners
  • Árbær
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 864-3890
KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 46
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 570-6763, 570-6763
Café Sól
Cafés
  • Selvogsbraut 41
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 8228998
Félagsheimilið Borg / Borg Community Hall
Restaurants
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 480-5500
Þrastalundur
Restaurants
  • Þrastalundur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 661-7000
Skalmholt
Farm food direct
  • Skálmholt
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 482-2529
Bókakaffið / Book-coffee
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 22
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3079
Kaffi Krús
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 7
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821266
Heidmork
Farm food direct
  • Heiðmörk, Biskupsstungum
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8875, 892-2965
Skálinn Fast Food
Cafés
  • Hásteinsvegur 2
  • 825 Stokkseyri
  • 483-1485
Minniborgir Cottages
Cottages
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 3548683, 863-3592
Krisp restaurant
Restaurants
  • Eyrarvegur 8
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 845-4252, 482-4099
Krían - Bar & Pub
Restaurants
  • Kríumýri
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 897-7643 , 899-7643
Þrastarlundur
Restaurants
  • Þrastarlundur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 8667781
Hotel Selfoss
Hotels
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4802500
Tommi's burger joint
Restaurants
  • Eyravegur 32
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 8955010
Gullfosskaffi
Cafés
  • Gullfoss
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 4866500
Olis - Service Station - Quiznos
Diners
  • Arnberg
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 480-1300, 840-1749
Svarti Sauðurinn
Restaurants
  • Unubakki 4
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-3320
Almar Bakery
Cafés
  • Larsenstræti
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 483-1919
GK Bakarí
Cafés
  • Austurvegur 31b
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821007
Þingborg camp site
Camping
  • Þingborg
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 691-7082
Kebab
Restaurants
  • Eyravegur 3 neðri hæð
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 7744434
N1 - Service station Selfoss
Gas station
  • Austurvegur 48
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-1005
Hot Dog Stand
Diners
  • Tryggvagötu
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-1782
Tryggvaskáli Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Tryggvatorg
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 4821390
Hestakráin country hotel / Land og hestar
Guesthouses
  • Húsatóftir 2a
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-5616, 895-0066
Þjórsárstofa
Camping
  • Árnes, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-6115
Vor restaurant
Restaurants
  • Austurvegur 3
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 482-3330
Meitillinn
Restaurants
  • Selvogsbraut 41
  • 815 Þorlákshöfn
  • 483-5950, 892-2207
Domino’s Pizza
Diners
  • Eyravegur 2
  • 800 Selfoss
  • 581-2345
Engi
Farm food direct
  • Engi, Laugarási
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-8913
Nature
Arnarbæli

Arnarbæli is a district in Ölfus and from the 12th century up until the beginning of the 20th century it was one of the best fields in Iceland to produce hey. Now there are large ruins from the old farm at Arnarbæli that are protected. Due to the wetlands around Arnarbæli you will find many interesting bird species in the area such as a Eurasian Oystercatcher, a Red-necked Phalarope and a Eurasian Wigeon.

Nature
Olfusa river

The river is the most voluminous river in Iceland with an average flow of 423 m³/sec. Three large floods occurred in the 20th century and beside the restaurant, Tryggvaskáli are lines that show the height of each flood. All the floods occurred during the wintertime due to heavy rains and high temperatures which caused the snow to melt unusually fast. Ölfusá River is rather short, about 25 km (14 miles) long. About 6 km (4 mi) north of Selfoss are two rivers, Sogið and Hvítá, and combined they form Ölfusá.

History and Culture
Eyrarbakkakirkja - church

The wooden church in Eyrarbakki was built in 1890 and one of the first churches in Iceland to have two floors. The altarpiece is a famous artifact and was painted by Queen Louise of Denmark, wife of King Christian IX.

Nature
Raufarholshellir

There are many caves in the lava fields in Ölfus and the largest being Raufarhólshellir by road no. 39. A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll mountains about 5200 years ago. Daily tours are available in Raufarhólshellir.

History and Culture
Selfosskirkja - church

Selfoss Church was built from 1952 to 1956 and consecrated on Palm Sunday, 25 March 1956. It was designed by the headmaster of the Technical College in Selfoss, Bjarni Pálsson (1912-1987). The building was expanded between 1978 and 1984; a tower, porch and congregation hall with a kitchen and facilities, which now serve the purpose of a convention center, was added to the structure.

History and Culture
Knarrarósviti Lighthouse

Built in 1938-1939, the lighthouse was the first one in Iceland to be built out of reinforced concrete. The lighthouse is the tallest building in South Iceland, 26,2 metres (86 feet) high. It was designed by the engineer Axel Sveinsson as a blend of functionalism and art nouveau (jugendstil).

History and Culture
Ölfusárbrú - suspension bridge

A suspension bridge over Ölfusá River was first built in 1891 and became the largest bridge in Iceland at the time. In September 1944, when the bridge had been in use for 53 years, the eastern bearing cables broke due to the weight of two trucks. A new suspension bridge was built in 1945 which only took five and a half months but while it was being constructed the old bridge had been fixed for temporary use. The bridge is 84 meters long and is in the town Selfoss.

Nature
The coastline between Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki

The coastline between the rivers Þjórsá and Ölfusá (25 km/15 mi) forms the outskirt of the great Þjórsárhraun lava field. Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri provide easy access to the coastline as well as a path between the two villages where you can see the Atlantic Ocean and marvel at the fact the South Pole is directly to the south. This spot has a great view of both the ocean and mountains. Information signs can be found in both villages as well as an observation platform in Stokkseyri.

Nature
Hallskot - Recreation Forest

A recreation area north of Eyrarbakki in supervision of the forestry community of Eyrarbakki, Skógræktarfélag Eyrarbakka. In Hallskot
is a perfect picnic area with benches and tables where one can always find a windless spot in the groves.

ADDRESS: 820 EYRARBAKKI / TEL: (+354) 660 6130, (+354) 847 5028
SKOGRAEKTARFELAGEYRARBAKKA@GMAIL.COM / GPS: 63°53'57.0"N 21°10'19.1"W

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Hafnarnes lighthouse and viewpoint

Hafnarnes is an area on the edge of the town Thorlákshöfn where you are surrounded by beautiful cliffs and the majestic ocean. A viewpoint is located in the area and from there you have panoramic views over the mountains surrounding the area such as the volcanoes Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. This area is also very popular amongst surfers and usually you can spot a few surfing. There is a small lighthouse on the cliffs, it is not open for visitors but is very picturesque with the waves banging against the cliffs.

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Hengill area and Geothermal energy exhibition

Mt. Hengill is a dormant volcano which erupted around 2000 years ago. The geothermal area around the dormant volcano Mt. Hengill is perfect for hiking. There are numerous marked hiking trails coloured after difficulty.
The Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Plant is an exploration into the utilization of geothermal energy in Iceland. The Hellisheiði Power Plant is a great example of how geothermal energy can be utilized in a sustainable manner and is a showcase for geothermal' s global role in a renewable and sustainable future. The exhibition is located at Hellisheiði power plant by road no. 1.

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Selvogsviti Lighthouse

Selvogsviti is a lighthouse west of Thorlakshofn and has been saving lives since 1919.
Selvogsviti is 15 meters high with the height of the light being 21 meters above sea level.

The lighthouse is still in operation and is fully automated today.

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The Flói Bird Reserve

Northwest to the town of Eyrarbakki, is a wetland area rich in birdlife. The reserve has walking paths and a bird hide, and idel spot for bird watching. The Flói Bird Reserve is listed in the Bird Life international Association.

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Reykjadalur valley

Reykjadalur valley is the most popular and arguably the most beautiful hiking area in Ölfus. Hot springs and colourful areas full of geothermal activity entertain along a hiking trail which leads to a hot river. For some of the length of the river the temperature in it is perfect for bathing and that's a wonderful natural experience.

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Hellisskógur forest

Hellisskógur is a small forest just outside of the town Selfoss. In Hellisskógur are roads and walking paths around the area and benches so visitors can relax and enjoy the area.

The cave in Hellisskógur forest was formed at a latter glacial period by sea erosion. Sea levels have been higher than now several times and signs of sea erosion can be seen on more cliffs in the area which are made of around 0, 7 - 3, 1 million year old basalt. The cave was previously used to store hay in the back and as a sheepcote in the front. It was once believed that the cave was haunted by a ghost wearing a blue scarf. The story tells of a young man who was broken hearted and hung himself in the cave using a long blue scarf.

Here is a map of Hellisskógur

History and Culture
Herdísarvík

The former estate Herdísarvík, now abandoned, stood on the synonymous cove in Selvogur. The steep cliffs of Mt Herdísarvíkurfjall (329m) protrude behind it to the north and several lava tongues in its slopes bear witness to prehistoric eruptions in the area and some of them reached the sea. Along the coastline are still a few obvious ruins of ancient fishing outfits, which were declared inviolate in 1973.
According to the legend, a woman, Herdís, lived in Herdísarvík in the past and her sister, Krýsa, in Krýsuvík. They did not see eye to eye and were constantly at each other's throat. Both sisters practiced witchcraft and constantly played tricks on each other.
The renowned poet and entrepreneur Einar Benediktsson spent the last years of his life in his house in Herdísarvík. In 1935 he donated it to The University of Iceland and union professors sometimes spend their holidays there.

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Thjorsarhraun

Þjórsárhraun is the result from the greatest lava flow on earth since the end of the last Ice Age. The lava came from an enormous eruption around 6700 B.C. possibly in Heljargjá canyon in the Veiðivötn region, in Iceland´s highlands. The lava's extreme temperature and fluidity contributed to its flow being at least 140 kilometres (87 mi) until it was stopped by the waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. The lava is well visible by Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki's coastline. The great Þjórsárhraun lava is approx. 975 square km (376 sq. miles) and its volume is 25 cubic km (6 cubic miles).

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Ölfus black sand beach

Ölfus has a black sand beach that stretches from Thorlákshöfn to Ölfusa river. A long walk on the beach surrounded by black sand and lyme grass is the perfect way to unwind from the day to day stress.
The beach is also a popular surfing spot and the waves are suitable for those taking their first steps at surfing. For more advanced surfers the waves by the lighthouse in Thorlákshöfn are superb.

History and Culture
Strandarkirkja church

Strandarkirkja church is located in Selvogur (Seal Cove) and was originally built in the 12th century. The story relates that during one night when a group of sailors tried to navigate back to Iceland in a storm. The southern coast of Iceland is notorious for its hidden reefs and rough coast. The distressed sailors prayed to God for a safe return and vowed to build a church wherever they landed. When they ended their prayer an angel, seemingly made of light, appeared before their bow. The angel guided them through the rough surfs and led them into a bay for safe landing. The sailors kept their promise and built a wooden church at the site and named it Strandarkirkja. The bay nearby is named Engilsvík (Angel's Bay) to commemorate the incident. Many miracles have been attributed to Strandarkirkja and there was a time when it was one of the richest churches in Iceland from the donations of Icelanders coming from all over the country in hopes of having their prayers and wishes come true. It has more supporters all over the world than any other church in Iceland and is often referred to as the 'miracle church' with the locals' longstanding belief that it has profound, divine powers.

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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