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A region of towering volcanoes, huge glaciers, cascading waterfalls and rugged lava fields, south Iceland is an arresting natural playground. Home to Vatnajökull National Park (Europe’s largest), a string of active volcanoes, and vast tracts of untouched wilderness, it’s a place where the sheer scale of the landscape is hard to comprehend. You can marvel at the icebergs in Jökulsárlón, take a flightseeing trip from Skaftafell, hike around Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, or explore the black-sand beaches and basalt columns of Reynisfjara.

JökulsárlónThe range and concentration of attractions make it a popular destination, but our specialists have explored the main sights as well as the lesser-known ones and will use their knowledge and personal experience to help you avoid the crowds. They’ll guide you on how to see the busiest sights in new and unusual ways and introduce you to some of the region’s lesser-known treasures.

Whether you want to get away from it all and see the puffins on the Westman Islands, hike in the untouched wilderness of Þórsmörk or Landmannalaugar, explore the Laki lava fields or get right up onto a glacier by snowmobile, our specialists will carefully plan your trip to south Iceland as an individual tailor-made itinerary to match your preferences.

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Places to visit in South Iceland

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting South 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 South Iceland

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in South 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 South Iceland

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around South Iceland

    Accommodation choices for South Iceland

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit South 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.

    • Hótel Höfn, Höfn

      Hotel Höfn

      Medium

      A contemporary property in the small fishing town of Höfn on Iceland’s south-east coast, this relaxed hotel offers minimalist rooms, Icelandic cuisine, and panoramic Vatnajökull glacier views. It is also an ideal spot for enjoying views of the northern lights.

    • Skálakot Manor Hotel, Ásólfsskáli

      Skálakot Manor Hotel

      First Class

      A working farm turned luxury boutique property at the foot of the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Skálakot Manor Hotel offers glamorous Art Deco interiors, fine dining, a wealth of activities, and an ideal location for exploring the south of Iceland.

    • Icelandair Hotel Vík, Vík

      Icelandair Hotel Vík

      Medium

      A stylish and contemporary property in the heart of Iceland’s south coast, Icelandair Hotel Vík offers sleek rooms, creative Icelandic cuisine, and attentive service. It is also an ideal location for exploring the region’s wealth of natural attractions.

    • Hotel Rangá, Hvolsvöllur

      Hotel Rangá

      Medium

      A lodge-style boutique hotel with a scenic riverside setting, Hotel Rangá offers welcoming rooms, fine Nordic dining, and an ideal location close to the south of Iceland’s waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers, lava fields, hiking trails, and volcanoes.

    Ideas for experiencing South 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 South Iceland, and which use the best local guides.

    • Visit the LAVA Centre interactive exhibition , Hvolsvöllur

      Visit the LAVA Centre interactive exhibition

      South Iceland

      Iceland’s unstable landscape is explained in great detail at the LAVA Centre, a contemporary exhibition examining the country’s history of volcanic activity. A visit offers a comprehensive understanding of the Icelandic landscape, making it a good early destination on any trip.

    • Landscape near Kirkjubæjarklaustur

      Half day mountain bike and caving tour

      South Iceland

      Explore one of the largest lava fields in the world on a guided 4x4 tour, descend into lava caves and then bike back through verdant, moss-covered lava formations on this four-hour tour that sheds light on one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history.

    • Small group ice cave tour

      Small group ice cave tour

      South Iceland

      Sitting below Kötlujökull, the Katla ice cave is 800 years old and sculpted into enthralling contours by dripping glacial water. Explore the cave with a local guide to see its peculiar ice formations and learn about how it was formed.

    • Landmannalaugar

      Private superjeep tour to Landmannalaugar

      South Iceland

      On a private, guided tour of South Iceland you can travel by superjeep, exploring areas regular vehicles can’t. Activities are tailored to your interests, whether you want to hike across lava fields of visit a Viking farm.