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.
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 51 miles away
- Westman Islands 73 miles away
- Langjökull 76 miles away
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula 77 miles away
- South Coast 93 miles away
- South Iceland 101 miles away
- Flatey 108 miles away
- Vatnajökull National Park 170 miles away
- Akureyri 181 miles away
- Troll Peninsula 190 miles away
- Jökulsárlón 191 miles away
- North Iceland 192 miles away
- Lake Mývatn 202 miles away
- Dettifoss 224 miles away
- Eastfjords 258 miles away
Photos of Southwest Iceland
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.
This chic boutique hotel in the Reykjanes Peninsula offers attentive service, minimalist rooms with Scandinavian décor, and an on-site private lagoon. There’s also direct access to the geothermal waters of the nearby Blue Lagoon.
An intimate property on the banks of the Varmá River, Frost & Fire Boutique Hotel offers contemporary rooms, two geothermal hot tubs, and an outdoor swimming pool. Reykjavík is just a 40-minute drive away.
Located in the heart of the Golden Circle route, the contemporary Hótel Grímsborgir is an ideal base from which to explore south west Iceland. In spite of its large size, it has a relaxed atmosphere and very attentive staff.
Located between Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers contemporary decor, comfortable rooms, an all-day restaurant, and a sauna. This is an ideal base for those who want to spend time exploring Iceland’s south coast.
The surrounding lava landscape sets the tone for a rich design scheme at this stylish hotel near the UNESCO-protected Þingvellir National Park. It is also an ideal base from which to explore the Golden Circle route’s numerous attractions.
As Iceland’s first luxury hotel, Hotel Borg mixes Art Deco glamor with modern amenities such as a contemporary Italian restaurant, a spa, and elegant rooms. Its location in the heart of Reykjavík makes it an appealing choice for city exploration.
A collection of apartments spread across six separate and individually named houses in the city’s 101 district, Reykjavík Residence Hotel has stylish interiors, modern amenities, a cafe and bar, and a 24-hour reception desk.
Located in the city’s lively marina district, Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina offers quirky nautical design, contemporary dining, and sea and mountain views. This is an ideal base for those who want to explore Reykjavík’s wealth of attractions.
Comprising six historical houses that were once part of a furniture factory, Canopy by Hilton offers sophisticated Scandinavian design, imaginative dining options, and an ideal location for city exploration.
Located on Reykjavík’s main shopping street, this contemporary hotel has tasteful Nordic decor, a welcoming restaurant, a secluded garden, and a modern spa. The indoor and outdoor hot tubs add to the relaxed ambience.
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.
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.