A GUIDE TO MAKE THE BEST OF YOUR TIME IN SOUTH WEST ICELAND!
Within hours drive from Reykjavik, South West Iceland has many things to see and do: Waterfalls, geysers, hot bath, canyon, caves… all possible as day tours from Reykjavik.
Below is a guide where you will find maps with the places to see, a list of the highlights not to be missed, and some extra pictures just because it is so beautiful!
VIDEO: VISIT SOUTH WEST ICELAND
Here is a short video (less than 5 minutes) with the beautiful landscapes of SouthWest Iceland including waterfalls, geothermal areas, geysers and canyons. I am sorry I shake a lot when I film; I hope you will still enjoy it and it will give you an idea of what you can expect. (Reminder I visited in September).
SOUTH ICELAND MAP AND LOCATIONS
Some of those locations are also part of the 30 stops and 10 détours under a day of the eBook: The Ring Road Guide - Iceland
HIGHLIGHT - Golden Circle
One of the highlights of the region is the Golden Circle.
A detailed guide is available on the Golden Circle Iceland article.
The main attractions are (click the titles for more photos and info) :
Thingvellir is a UNESCO Heritage site of historical, cultural, and geological importance with mountains, lake, waterfall & fault lines
Haukadalur geothermal area is part of the Golden Circle. It is home to several geysers, mud pools and fumeroles
OTHER PLACES TO SEE IN SOUTH WEST ICELAND
Below is the list of the top things to do and places to see in Southwest Iceland. Click to discover full articles with photos and planning information.
Most famous place in Iceland where you can bath in sulphuric hot water. Relaxing and supposedely good for your health
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. Near the water you find the Sun Voyager sculpture which shines many colors at sunrise
ON THE ROADS OF SOUTH WEST ICELAND
There is quite a lot of farming in South West Iceland. Sometimes it is flat and boring (but not often). Other times I like the contrast with the cliffs.
Keifarvatn is a lake located along road 42 that takes you down to the South Coastline. There are some tracks in the vicinity to have fun with your 4WD vehicle. It is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula. The road around the lake was being reworked, good that we had a 4WD 🙂
Other places of interest include:
- SELTUN GEOTHERMAL AREA
- Buri cave
- RAUFARHOLSHELLIR CAVE
- Glymur waterfall
Want to see more of Iceland's beauty?
Discover more things to do and places to see in Iceland in my online Iceland Destination Guide.
If you want to share another place in South West Iceland or have further questions,
do not hesitate to leave a comment!