Southern region

There are 11 towns and villages in the Southern Region stretching from Þorlákshöfn east to Höfn í Hornarfirði about 450 kilometers.  It is the region with most inland towns of any Region in Iceland and five by the shore. Then the largest town in the Region is on and island, Vestmannaeyjar.  All of the towns and villages offer good service and together provide an excellent infrastructure for traveling the whole Southern Region in Iceland. In each town you will find excellent accommodation, a convenience store, gas station, a camp site with outstanding facilities, a swimming pool, and restaurants offering Icelandic specialties. In addition to the interesting towns and villages, the Region also has some of the most spectacular natural wonders in Iceland like Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss, and Jökulsárlón to name a few. 

  • Eyrarbakki is a tiny village in the Southern Region in Iceland
    One of the main factors preventing growth in recent centuries for most of the towns and villages on the south shore in Iceland was the difficulty of building a harbour or even a small dock on the sandy shoreline. Even though the communities on the south shore had access to fertile fishing grounds, bringing the catch to town was always a problem.  Notwithstanding this fact attempts were made to build a harbour and in the 16th century as Eyrarbakki imported goods from Denmark as it was a location for one of the stores in the notorious Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly.  The stores and trading were also the reasons for the village's origin. Eyrarbakki was once the largest and busiest town in...
  • Hella is a village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Hella is a small village located by the river Ytri-Rangá on the Ring Road in the Southern Region in Iceland, approximately 100 kilometers east of Reykjavík. It is one of a handful of towns or villages in Iceland that are inland and traces its origin to trading and agriculture and has nothing to do with fishing and fish processing. It is a relatively new community that developed in the middle of last century. A product of a local Coop Society An entrepreneur in trading built the first house in the late twenties and started his business and opened a store. About a decade later a local Coop Society purchased his store and took over his commercial activity. The coop community quickly...
  • Höfn is a town in the Southern Region in Iceland
    Höfn is a relatively new town in a historical sense.  The towns origin can not be traced back to farms or settlements that developed from trading and fishing centuries back.  It is more like several other towns and villages around the coastline, a product of modern times. The first houses that were built in Höfn where trading post in the late 19th-century. After the trading post had started to develop, more and more houses were built.  Like other places around the coastline, the people of Höfn also started to take advantage of the fishing grounds nearby. So fishing and fish processing also became a permanent base of livelihood. A fishing town with important connection to farming Early on...
  • Hveragerði is a small town in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    The town of Hveragerði is different and like no other town in Iceland. Hot springs and hot water coming from the ground is the origin and the premise of the town's existence. For this reason, the livelihood of the residents is also different. It is a town of greenhouses, health spa and flowers. It is a town of warmth. Geothermal Wonderland One could argue that the first five decades of the 20th century were a kind of a laboratory for utilization of energy in Hveragerði. In 1902 the small waterfall Reykjafoss in the river Varmá, which runs through the town today, a small hydroelectric power unit was built. The power was utilized to operate a wool factory. In the years following this...
  • Hvolsvöllur is a village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    The town of Hvolsvöllur has a bit of a unique history compared to all other towns and villages in Iceland.  It is an inland village and the only town in the country that neither stands by sea or a river. The town also traces its origin almost entirely to agriculture, when most towns and villages originate as trading posts or as a place for fishing by the shore.  Although its first buildings were built around a trading post and commercial activities for a local Coop society, it was also related to agriculture. Hvolsvöllur is also one of the most recent towns in Iceland mostly built in the fifties to the nineties. So it is a very recent settlement. In the center of the Saga Njala and...
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
      The small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Klaustur (The Monastery), has only recently advanced from a cluster of houses to a level of the village, or a hamlet. At least in a historical sense. It is one of the smallest villages in Iceland with permanent residents all year round. For many reasons, this village has quite a different history than most towns and villages.  It is not located on the shore, but inland, and has no access to the sea or fishing grounds. The village has one of the best climates in Iceland and fertile farms as neighbours. It is also neighbor to many natural wonders like Jökulsárlón, Fjaðrárgljúfur, and Lakagígar. Kirkjubæjarklaustur got its name from Monasteries...
  • Selfoss is a large town and center of the Southern Region in Iceland
    In the last decade of the nineteenth century,  Iceland as a small country took on an enormous task in transportation, building a suspension bridge over the river Ölfusá. The bridge and the service around the bridge mark the beginning of the town of Selfoss; today the biggest inland community in Iceland, located on the Ring Road about 50 kilometers east of Reykjavík.  The old bridge collapsed when two vehicles attempted to drive over at the same time in 1945, and a new bridge was built.   For anyone traveling in Iceland on the Ring Road, it is almost inevitable that they will visit Selfoss as it is a drive-through place on the Ring Road and thus a very busy tourist town regarding shopping...
  • Stokkseyri is a tiny village in the Southern Region in Iceland
    In some areas in Iceland, two almost identical villages developed although the distance between them is just a few kilometers.  Sometimes this is a puzzle as nothing can explain why. This is the case with the two towns of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki on the south shore and can also be applied to two other villages in the Southern Region Hella and Hvolsvöllur.  Even historically nothing can point to a valid reason why the two villages aren't jut one village. The same question of unfavorable natural conditions for a harbor Although people in the South Region took advantages of rich fishing grounds outside the shore throughout the centuries, bringing the catch to shore was always difficult...
  • It is almost impossible to separate the town Vestmannaeyjar, and the clusters of islands Icelanders call Vestmannaeyjar or Westman Islands.  It is a small town on a tiny island south of Iceland placed on a rock in the middle of harsh forces of the Atlantic Ocean with an active volcano underneath. Most of the islands are steep rocks with difficult access.  It is one of the most exciting locations in the country and scores high on any indicator you would usually use to measure and compare anything of interest. Be it historical, geological, as a natural wonder, a spectacular view or otherwise.  It is possibly one of a kind on planet earth and a place you do not want to miss if you visit...
  • Vík is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Throughout the centuries, very few harbours or piers have been built on the South coastline in Iceland. Not only is it difficult because of the sand beaches, but also because of the enormous forces of nature that meet on the shoreline. On the one hand, we have the Atlantic ocean hammering its waves on the coast century after century and on the other hand, the rivers and eruptions moving sand, ash, stones and rocks from the land to the ocean.  It is an endless game of giving and taking that modifies and changes the coast from one century to another. This has made the task of building a harbour to take advantage of the fishing gourds much harder than in other places in Iceland. Vík is...
  • Þorlákshöfn is a tiny village in the Southern Region in Iceland
    For visitors, Þorlákshöfn is a good place to stop.  The village offers most of the necessary facilities and service visitors look for when finding an overnight place to stay or a place to rest.  Þorlákshöfn has a great swimming pool, a good camp site, a convenient store and excellent accommodations.  It is a young village with a short history. Throughout history, the question of a good harbour for the long south shore in Iceland has always been pressing. Although merchant vessels in the 16th up to the 19th-century didn't need a dock as they anchored near the coast in the nearby village Eyrarbakki, they needed some protection from the unpredictable forces of the Atlantic Ocean. And fishing...

Tours and things to do in the Southern Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the Southern Region. A tour from Reykjavík or Reykjanesbær by the airport. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

Ice cave

Natural wonders, ice cave, icberg lagoon, northern lights

The south coast of Iceland is the home of some stunning natural wonders and spectacular places to visit.  This tour highlights the iceberg lagoon Jökulsárlón, the Diamond beach, a visit to an actual Ice cave, and the waterfall Seljalandsfoss.  As evening approaches on our way back to Reykjavík, we start looking for the Northern light’s and make a stop if we spot a glimpse of Aurora Borealis.

 

South Region in Iceland
A trip to an ice cave is indeed a unique experience

A trip to an ice cave is indeed a unique experience 

It gives you a chance to store in your memory a place you rarely have an opportunity to visit anywhere else.  It is a visit under the edge of a glacier tongue located at Vatnajökull National Park. You are practically inside Europe’s largest glacier experiencing the interaction of light and ice in a breathtaking way that words can barely describe.

Southern Region Iceland
2 Day South Coast Tour - Blue Ice cave - Jökulsárlón - and more

Blue Ice cave - Waterfalls - Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon - Black Sands at Reynisfjara 

Join this tour along Iceland’s south coast to discover the unique landscape, natural blue Ice cave, glacier tongues, icebergs, lava fields, volcanos, black beaches, mighty rivers, and magic waterfalls.

Global Warming and Climate change adventure tour in Iceland

With a combination of travel and lectures, Geocamp Iceland and Hit Iceland offer a unique opportunity to get a view of and understand how climate change is affecting our planet in the form of a tour.  The trip takes you through exotic locations of volcanoes, glaciers, ice tongues, canyons, craters, lagoons, deep highland, small fishing towns, and other relevant and interesting places.  Our approach for this tour is based on geology, environmental science, and changes in nature.  We will also visit fishing villages to highlight how changes in the environment and natural resources affect various communities and their economy.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

Geysir hot spring in Haukadalur

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.