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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

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around 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.

    • Frost og Funi Boutique Hotel, Hveragerði

      Frost & Fire Boutique Hotel


      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.

    • ION Adventure Hotel, Þingvellir National Park

      ION Adventure Hotel


      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.

    • Hotel Grimsborgir, Þingvellir National Park

      Hótel Grímsborgir


      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.

    • Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Hof

      Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon


      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.

    • Silica Hotel, Blue Lagoon

      Silica Hotel

      First Class

      This chic boutique hotel in the Reykjanes Peninsula offers attentive service, minimalist rooms with Scandinavian decor, and an on-site private lagoon. There’s also direct access to the geothermal waters of the nearby Blue Lagoon.

    • Reykjavik Residence Hotel , Reykjavik

      Reykjavík Residence Hotel

      First Class

      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 café and bar, and a 24-hour reception desk.

    • Icelandair Hotel Marina, Reykjavik

      Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina


      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.

    • Canopy by Hilton, Reykjavik

      Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

      First Class

      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.

    • Terrace and hot spring, Centerhotel Miðgarður

      Centerhotel Miðgarður


      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.

    • Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

      Hotel Borg

      First Class

      As Iceland’s first luxury hotel, Hotel Borg mixes Art Deco glamour 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.

    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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