Top Choice Art Museum in Hveragerði & Around

Listasafn Árnesinga

This airy modern art gallery puts on great contemporary-art exhibitions, and also has a fine cafe.
Top Choice Museum in Eyrarbakki

Húsið á Eyrarbakka

One of Iceland’s oldest houses, built by Danish traders in 1765, Húsið á Eyrarbakka has glass display cabinets explaining the town’s history, interesting rooms restored with original furniture, and a stuffed bird co…
Top Choice Museum in Hvolsvöllur & Around


Hvolsvöllur's Saga Centre is devoted to the dramatic events of Njál’s Saga, which took place in the surrounding hills. Interactive displays explain the many highlights of the story. In 2013 an intricate 90m embroide…
Top Choice Museum in Skógar

Skógar Folk Museum

The highlight of little Skógar is the wonderful Skógar Folk Museum, which covers all aspects of Icelandic life. The vast collection was put together by 95-year-old Þórður Tómasson over more than 75 years. There are …
Top Choice Museum in Árnes


The informative Þjórsárstofa, in a large white building, has an excellent surround-sound-style film about the river valley and what you will see further along, and one about the aurora borealis. There are multimedia…
Top Choice Hot Springs in Hveragerði & Around

Geothermal Park

The geothermal park Hverasvæðið, in the centre of town, has mud pots and steaming pools where visitors can dip their feet (but no more). You can book ahead for a guided walk to learn about the area’s unique geology …
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Eyrarbakki

Flói Nature Reserve

Birdwatchers should head 3km northwest of Eyrarbakki to Flói Nature Reserve, an important estuary and marshland on the eastern bank of the Ölfusá. It’s visited by many wetland birds – common species include red-thro…
Top Choice Waterfall in Skógar


This 62m-high waterfall topples over a rocky cliff at the western edge of Skógar in dramatic style. Climb the steep staircase alongside for giddy views, or walk to the foot of the falls, shrouded in sheets of mist a…
Top Choice Glacier in Skógar


One of the easiest glacial tongues to reach is Sólheimajökull. This icy outlet glacier unfurls from the main Mýrdalsjökull ice cap and is a favourite spot for glacial walks and ice climbing. Rte 221 leads 4.2km off …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Vík & Around


One of the south coast’s most recognisable natural formations is the rocky plateau and huge stone sea arch at Dyrhólaey (deer-lay), which rises dramatically from the surrounding plain 10km west of Vík, at the end of…