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What to see and do

What to see and do

Discover the South of Iceland. All that you desire is here! 

Glaciers - Geysirs - Highlands - Volcanoes - Mountains - Waterfalls - Icelandic horses

The South of Iceland is unique and that part of the country which by far the greatest numbers of foreign visitors come to. There everything that makes Iceland interesting to visit can be found the year around. Here history follows you at every footstep, both ancient and recent. There is creative art, culture and flourishing trade and endless possibilities to enjoy the outdoor life in all seasons. Above all there is the awesome and rugged nature from the mountains to the sea.

In all the seasons of the year tourists can find something to their liking. In the winter the sun is reflected from the pearly white snow, on long dark winter nights the northern lights dance around the starlit sky and the moon is in and out of cloud. Then beauty, peace and quiet reigns, unforgettable to those who experience it. Trips across the highlands as well as the lowlands are indescribable adventure trips during both summer and winter. 

The farmer minds his farm. All the year is a busy time in the country, and in the spring the country is covered with its summer foliage. Life outdoors and trips assume a new form: hiking tours, riding trips, angling in rivers and lakes. Nature takes on a new look: hot springs, lava fields, volcanoes, waterfalls, the highlands, glaciers, rivers and lakes, nature and life is reborn after the frosts of winter and the countryside is at its most beautiful. 

Come to the southern countryside and look at the beauty, listen to the wind and the silence, discover the peace and quiet, and last but not least you may discover yourself.

Welcome to South Iceland, we’ll be happy to see you.


Outdoor enthusiasts feel at home in South Iceland. Not only does the region have flourishing lowland agricultural communities, but majestic peaks for those desiring a challenge. Other recreational activities include scenic walks and bird watching, trips on the seashore, ice climbing, kayaking, rides on 4-wheelers, rafting down rivers, and the Njáll’s Saga Tours. A pleasant sequel is going swimming, golfing, fishing or riding the small but sturdy Icelandic horse. Another animal favourite is the whale, seen on trips from the Westman Islands. The more adventurous seek out 4WD vehicles or snow scooters on the glaciers, and in the summer trips are scheduled to Þórsmörk and the Laki craters. 

The numerous museums include the Folk and the Natural History Museums in the Westman Islands, Skógar Folk Museum, and the Folk museum in Eyrarbakki. The region welcomes everyone to summertime family festivals, including Töðugjöld in Rangárþing county, Blóm í bæ in Hveragerði, The Lobster Festival in Höfn, Grímsævintýri in Grímsnes and Grafningshreppur, and the mid-summer celebration at Eyrarbakki. 

South Iceland is an invitation to adventure.


For the hungry and thirsty there is no need to despair. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, ice-cream parlors and juice bars all over the country.

Culture & people

The cultural life in the south of Iceland is rich and diverse. There are art exhibits year round and various concerts featuring all types of music and groups are also frequent. Most towns have an amateur theatre with at least one production per year. Choirs are an integral part of Icelandic culture and about one in three inhabitants is or has been an active choir member. Folk dance groups, card playing and chess clubs, poetry reading groups and libraries play an important part in daily life.



Shopping in Iceland can be fun and here you can find many international shopping chains and diverse goods ranging in price and quality. Iceland also has a lot of souvenir shops, markets with hand made products and stores specializing in Icelandic design. Sometimes it’s possible to get a good deal on interesting products. 

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