Welcome to South Iceland
Take a detour to the South Iceland region only a 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
South Iceland is home to the most visited natural wonders in Iceland. Even you decide to arrange a self-drive tour or hop on a sightseeing tour, a drive along the famous designed Golden Circle Route is the most popular way to discover the big nature attractions. The waterfall Gullfoss, the Geyser & Strokkur and the Thingvellir National Park are the most spectacular experiences along the route.
Do you go further east along the south shore sights, natural wonders like Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajokull Glacier and Skógafoss Waterfall is a "must see" experience.The pearl of the central highlands, Landmannalaugar is surrounded by colourful and magnificent natural scenery.
The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its style, charm, and points of interest. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable. You will find much fresh delicious seafood offered here. Selfoss is the largest town in the region with a variety of shops, services and restaurants.
Throughout the region, you will also find a wide selection of excitements and activities, which attracts visitors from all around the world. Regarding the season, the beautiful nature invites to scenic walks, swimming in hot pools, skiing, water rafting, fishing in the rivers, golfing or riding the small Icelandic horse, just to mention a few. Local tourist offices and operators are always stand by to help here, so you can live out your dreams here.
The culture & heritage
The culture and history are very much honoured in this region. Events from the Sagas are remembered in many ways along the coast, and several museums in the area celebrate Icelandic customs and heritage. Most of the country's agricultural products coming from this area, which is a testimony to Icelandic restaurant culture.
Thingvellir National Park is situated 50 km (31 miles) to the east of Reykjavík on the northern shore of Thingvallavatn, the biggest lake in Iceland. The river Öxará traverses the national park by forming a waterfall at the Almannagjá, called Öxaráfoss.
The National Park is the national shrine of Iceland by the many beautiful and historic sites, and Thingvellir National Park became a member of Unesco World Heritage in 2004.