Visit Southwest Iceland, Iceland
Home the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, and the international airport at Keflavik, southwest Iceland is the gateway to the rest of the country. Along with exploring the museums, galleries and art installations of the capital, you’ll find that this region offers some of Iceland’s headline attractions, including the steaming Blue Lagoon, the waterfalls and geysers of the Golden Circle, and the geological and historical wonders of Þingvellir National Park.
Ease of access and the abundance of attractions means that southwest Iceland is also the busiest part of the country. But, our specialists will use their first-hand knowledge and experience to help you see the main sights in innovative ways, as well introducing you to lesser-known highlights along the way. Whether you’re on a short stopover or a longer adventure, they’ll plan your trip as an individual, tailor-made itinerary to match your preferences.
Our specialists can introduce you to the wild, volcanic landscape and rugged coastline of the southwest, helping you to visit the world’s first parliament site, hear the thundering roar of Gullfoss, snorkel between tectonic plates or explore the lava fields on the Reykjanes Peninsula all in one trip.
Best time to visit
Year round — most attractions are available in the winter, and winter northern lights viewing is very good. Summer is good as daylight hours are long — meaning you can spend time at Golden Circle attractions later in the evening when the tourist coaches are gone.
Places to visit in Southwest Iceland
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Southwest Iceland, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Southwest Iceland
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Southwest Iceland, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Accommodation choices for Southwest Iceland
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Southwest Iceland. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Southwest Iceland
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Southwest Iceland, and which use the best local guides.
Map of Southwest Iceland
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Southwest Iceland
- Blue Lagoon Southwest Iceland
- Golden Circle Southwest Iceland
- Reykjavík Southwest Iceland
- West Iceland 82 kilometers away
- Westman Islands 117 kilometers away
- Langjökull 122 kilometers away
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula 124 kilometers away
- South Coast 149 kilometers away
- South Iceland 162 kilometers away
- Flatey 173 kilometers away
- Vatnajökull National Park 273 kilometers away
- Akureyri 291 kilometers away
- Troll Peninsula 306 kilometers away
- Jökulsárlón 306 kilometers away
- North Iceland 308 kilometers away
- Lake Mývatn 324 kilometers away
- Dettifoss 361 kilometers away
- Eastfjords 415 kilometers away