Within less than 2 hours of driving from Reykjavik starts South Iceland with famous waterfalls, lagoons filled with icebergs, black sand beaches and Tolkien-like landscapes. Every minute on the road is magical. Below you will find a map with the major places to see, a video, a list of the highlights not to be missed and some extra pictures just because it is so beautiful!
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MAP OF SOUTH ICELAND: PLACES TO SEE
An improved version of the Map is available in the eBook: EXPERIENCE ICELAND as well as double page features of the most amazing locations, GPS coordinates of all locations and practical info to make the most of your time
The South Coast locations are also part of the 30 stops and 10 détours around the Ring Road in the eBook: Iceland - the Ring Road Guide
VIDEO: VISIT SOUTH ICELAND
Here is a short video (less than 4 minutes) with the beautiful landscapes of South Iceland including the waterfalls, the icebergs and Vesturhorn. 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).
HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH ICELAND
#1 & #2
One of the most visited spot in Iceland, the magic of this waterfall starts when you walk behind it
Another one of the most visited spot in Iceland, Skogafoss is a very elegant 60m high curtain waterfall
A little off Road 1, this tortuous canyon is easily accessible and a nice change in scenery.
The Svartifoss waterfall is the most famous sight in the Skaftafell park. Its organ-like basalt columns makes it quite unique
Less visited than its neighbor Jokulsarlon, this lagoon has better view of its glacier and some interesting surrounding mountains
The lagoon of Jokulsarlon and its icebergs are THE HIGHLIGHT of the South Coast of Iceland. The glacier releases huge chunks of ice which float towards the sea.
Just across the lagoon, the beach is less visited but can be spectacular. The tide often push back small and big icebergs on the black sand of the beach
What a magnificent mountain! This view requires a short detour but I recommend taking the time to admire those cliffs against the black sand
OTHER PLACES TO SEE ALONG SOUTH COAST OF ICELAND
I have not see #4, 6 and 9 and of course I have not taken every road there is (although if you remove the F-roads, there are not that many to take…). Below are some other shots from South Iceland as we were driving through it but where we did not really spend some times so I cannot dedicate a post to them.
Vik is another famous spot in South Iceland. It is the only 'town' around. I have see beautiful pictures of it but I must admit I was disappointed. Maybe I will give it another try if I get the chance t go back.
From the road
What I loved the most in South Iceland, was just driving along Road 1. The mountains cut but the glacier are simply stunning. If you are visiting South Iceland in a bus, seat on the inland side to get the best views!
Mossy Lava field
As you drive along Road 1 you will cross many lava fields. This one is not indicated. There is just a small place to stop on the North side of the Ring Road. It is quite special as the lava rocks are covered with a tick layer of moss and trees have started to grow. Just be careful not to walk too much on the moss as it takes a very long time for it to recover.
SOUTH ICELAND ACCOMMODATIONS
There are many accommodations along the Ring Road on the South Coast of Iceland: hotels, campsites, Guesthouses... For more information, check out my Iceland Accommodations article
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 you found in South Iceland or have further questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment!