Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Búrfell & Around

Stöng

Buried by white volcanic ash in 1104 during one of Hekla’s eruptions, this ancient farm once belonged to Gaukur Trandilsson, a 10th-century Viking who lived a tempestuous life. Excavated in 1939 (Iceland’s first pro…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Vík & Around

Dyrhólaey

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…
Top Choice Beach in Vík & Around

Reynisfjara

On the west side of Reynisfjall, the high ridge above Vík, Rte 215 leads 5km down to black-sand beach Reynisfjara. It's backed by an incredible stack of basalt columns that look like a magical church organ, and ther…
Top Choice Glacier in Skógar

Sólheimajökull

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 Museum in Hvolsvöllur & Around

Sögusetrið

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 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-throa…
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 Þórður Tómasson over roughly 75 years – he retired as the museu…
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 Canyon in Búrfell & Around

Gjáin

A walking path from Stöng farm takes you a couple of kilometres to a lovely lush little valley, Gjáin, full of twisting lava, other-worldly caves and spectacular waterfalls. The dirt road from Stöng also continues o…
Top Choice Waterfall in Skógar

Skógafoss

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…