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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.

Behind SeljalandsfossEase 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.

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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.

Map of Southwest Iceland

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    Places in and around Southwest Iceland

    Our expert guides to exploring Southwest Iceland

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Southwest Iceland, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Southwest Iceland at its best.

    • Highlights of Iceland: volcanoes, glaciers, whales and waterfalls
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      Highlights of Iceland: volcanoes, glaciers, whales and waterfalls

      Highlights of Iceland: volcanoes, glaciers, whales and waterfalls

      Iceland is shaped by fire, ice and folklore. Whether you’re a summer or winter visitor, you’ll find lots to experience here, from whale watching to hiking through ice caves and even bathing in beer. Iceland specialist Katy shares her highlights.

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    • Seeing the northern lights in Iceland: a Q&A
      Northern lights in Iceland

      Seeing the northern lights in Iceland: a Q&A

      Seeing the northern lights in Iceland: a Q&A

      Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland has one of the best positions for northern lights viewing in the world. We share our advice on how to witness the phenomenon, from joining guided tours to staying in well-located hotels.

      6 min read

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    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.

    • Inside the Volcano
      Inside the Volcano

      Inside the Volcano

      Inside the Volcano

      Hike across an otherworldly landscape of lava fields and volcanic craters to the Þríhnúkagígur crater where you can descend by cable car into the heart of a dormant volcano to see the incredible chamber inside and the vibrant deposits on its walls.

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