Top things to do in The South

Top Choice Beach in Vík & Around

Reynisfjara

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

Nauthusagil

Not far from Seljalandsfoss, on the road to Þórsmörk (4WD required), hides one of the most thrilling and adventurous scrambles to a waterfall along a river and through an ancient moss-covered canyon. Although the wa…
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 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 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 Waterfall in Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss & Gljúfurárbui

From the Ring Road you'll see the beautiful high falls at Seljalandsfoss, which tumble over a rocky scarp into a deep, green pool. A (slippery) path runs around the back of the waterfall. A few hundred metres furthe…
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 Waterfall in Skógar

Kvernufoss

Pretty much off the tourist radar (you'll likely have the place to yourself) is this hidden 20m waterfall that you can walk behind. The short trail to it starts behind the grey building at the far east of the Skógar…
Top Choice Waterfall in Búrfell & Around

Háifoss

Iceland’s second-highest waterfall, Háifoss is a magnificent 128m-high cascade that plunges off the edge of a majestic plateau into an undulating lava canyon. Some of the thick lava formations here in the Þjórsárdal…