An entertaining and informative documentary about South Iceland, the region that encompasses some of the country’s most well known natural highlights.
All year round, everything that makes Iceland interesting to visit, its iconic natural wonders – volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and beaches – can be found in South Iceland. History surrounds you everywhere, both ancient and recent. Other highlights are creative art, culture, flourishing trade and endless possibilities to enjoy outdoor life in all seasons. But above all there is the awesome and rugged nature stretching from the glaciers and mountains and down to the sea.
Discover the area around Vatnajökull, the world’s largest glacier outside the polar regions, which offers unique natural wonders and opportunities for outdoor activities. Explore the area around the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, including Þórsmörk nature reserve, the Dyrhólaey rock promontory, Skógarfoss waterfall, and endless black sand beaches.
Or drive straight from Keflavík Aiport east and south, along road 427, Suðurstrandarvegur (The South Coast Road), past the beautiful old wooden church at Selvogur Bay and to the fishing village Þórlákshöfn. Then visit the seaside communities of Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri and drive from there to Selfoss, the largest town in South Iceland. And don’t forget the Golden Circle, the most popular tourist area in Iceland.
Be sure to enjoy the splendours of the winter: The pearly white snow reflects the yellowish rays of the sun. The northern lights dance around the starlit sky. The moon wanders solemnly through the clouds. At such times beauty, peace and quiet reign supreme, unforgettable to those who experi¬ence these magnificent moments. Trips across the highlands as well as the lowlands are an indescribable adventure during both summer and winter.
To make your decision easier, Icelandair has prepared a short documentary about South Iceland, in cooperation with a number of travel service providers in the region.
You are always welcome to Iceland, and keep in mind that if you are travelling between North America and Europe with Icelandair, you can schedule a stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare. That is unique and you should jump at the opportunity.
Icelandic Mountain Guides is an outdoor and adventure tour specialist in Iceland. The company has been in continuous operation since 1994 and offers a wide selection of day and multi day tours of different levels of difficulty, ensuring adventure for all. The Icelandic Mountain Guides' “Original Glacier Walks“ are operated in Skaftafell National Park, on Sólheima¬jökull Glacier and as day tours from Reykjavík so everyone should be able to find a Glacier Walk Tour that fits their travel schedule.
Laugarvatn Fontana is composed of a series of interconnected baths and steam rooms that complement each other to create a healthy, natural and unique spa experience. There are three steam rooms built over a natural hot spring; next to them is a Finnish-style sauna, and outdoors you can enjoy three interconnected outdoor mineral baths that vary in depth, size and temperature. Complet¬ing the ensemble are the lake Laugarvatn and the beach. Fontana café offers a selection of healthy and locally produced delicacies and refreshments. Opening hours: October 1st 2012 - May 31st 2013: Mon - Fri: 1pm - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 9pm.
A stone throw from Reykjavík and a perfect base from which to explore Iceland’s exotic south. Hotel Selfoss is located on the banks of the majestic Ölfusá River in the town of Selfoss. The hotel embraces a soothing water theme ever present in the tasteful architectural features that run through the hotel’s bright and modern design. Riverside Spa is a place where you can relax, enhance your vitality and improve your looks. Riverside restaurant delivers a superb dining experience in one of Iceland’s most architecturally celebrated spaces.
The Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre opened on April 14, 2011, exactly one year after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption started. As a family-run facility, its goal is to give visitors a personal look at what it’s like to have a volcano at your back door. A short film portrays the spectacular natural event and the hectic times and incredible challenges met by the family farm of Þorvaldseyri. This is a dramatic 20-minute film, showing the power of Nature and how the farm “rose from the ashes.”
A luxury countryside hotel and the only 4-star resort in South Iceland, Hotel Rangá offers serenity, luxury, and relaxation. About an hour's drive from the city of Reykjavik, it is perfectly located to enjoy South Iceland's many attractions, activities, adventures, and historic places. Hotel Rangá’s picturesque surroundings offer a view of the famous volcano Mt Hekla to the north, a range of mountains and glaciers to the north-east and the Westman Islands to the South. The resort has 51 cozy and luxurious rooms.
NLFI Spa and Medical Clinic offers a wide variety of wellness services and health packages which can be tailored to the needs of each individual. Facilities include the unique volcanic clay baths, herbal baths, massage and acupuncture. Guests can enjoy a modern, well-equipped gym, both indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, Kneipp baths, jacuzzi and saunas. The well known NFLI restaurant offers a range of delicious and healthy dishes, many of the vegetables grown on-site. If you wish to nurture your body, mind and spirit, NLFI Spa and Medical Clinic is the natural choice.
Hunkubakkar Guesthouse is located 6 km west of the village Kirkju-bæjarklaustur, on road 206. Hunkubakkar offers accom¬modation with private facilities in small, two-roomed chalets, most with cooking facilities. There are also three bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities in the main farmhouse. Breakfast is served every day and guests can order an evening meal at the restaurant. This is a perfect location for trips to nearby tourist sites including Fjaðrárgljúfur, Lakgagígar Craters, Skaftafell National Park and the Jökulsárlón glacial lake.
Katla Geopark, Iceland´s first geopark, opens up a natural wonderland to the visitor. The park got its name from one of its best known volcanoes, Katla which is under the glacier Mýrdalsjökull. With its towering glaci¬ers and active volcanoes Katla Geopark is the most dynamic destination in the world. The forces of ice and fire have been shaping the land for thousands of years, the most recent events being the powerful eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Grímsvötn 2011. In Katla Geopark you will also discover amazing landscapes, mountains, lakes, black sandy beaches, powerful glacial rivers, beautiful waterfalls and vast lava fields.
In the South of Iceland, the three different areas of Skógar Folk Museum will take you on a delightful journey from the age of settlement to the 20th century, with lots of fun in store and interesting things for everyone to see and explore! You can enjoy history and culture whilst going through the folk and open-air museums, and modern history in the Transport Museum. From archaeological finds to the 1920's Ford T, whether you're hungry for culture or entertainment, Skógar Folk Museum has it.
Daily at 09:00, Holasport offers day tours to Laki Craters in a Super Jeep. Holasport also offers a 2,5 hour mountain expedition or a black sand beach tour in a Super Jeep. Hólasport operates 10 Quad Bikes and the tours vary in length from 1 to 3 hours. On a Quad Bike you can explore areas that are not the typical tourist places and are not easily accessible in any other way: the magnificent moon landscape area of pseudo craters Landbrotshólar or the black sand beach where you will discover the freedom of driving in the endless black sand, close to the thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean
Iceland Riverjet, located in Reykholt, offers white water jet boat tours in Hvita river below Gullfoss water¬fall, a safe and exhilarating activity for all ages. On this spectacular boat tour, a sightseeing trip like no other, you'll discover one of Iceland's most amazing sceneries, shallow deltas, deep lava canyons and white water rapids. Daily trips with guaranteed departure at 13:00. Suitable for all levels of fitness and physical ability. Minimum age is 10 years and/or height must be at least 1.3m (51 inches).
Hotel Örk offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings, 76 spacious and well-furnished twin rooms and 9 superior rooms. Each room has a private bathroom and is fitted with a mini-bar, telephone and television. The bathrooms are equipped with both a shower and a bathtub. We have an outdoor swimming pool with a water slide, hot tubs and geothermal sauna. The hotel's attentive staff pampers you with the best of Iceland’s healthy and wholesome food, some of which is grown right next-door in geothermally heated greenhouses.
Two cozy cottages for rent, at reasonable prices, with everything you need for a nice and pleasant stay in beautiful and quiet surroundings in South Iceland, less than two hours drive from Reykjavík. From the cottages there is a fantastic view to famous nearby attractions such as the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers and the beautiful natural landmarks Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey. The location offers excellent view of the northern lights during the winter and in the summer guests can rent an Icelandic horse from Midhvoll's popular horse rental.
is a Destination Management Company, operating adventure tours since 1996, specializing in Super Jeeps and snowmobile tours. Mountaineers own and operate super trucks which have been specially modified to get to a glacier and other remote areas by the rugged mountain tracks of the highlands. Mountaineers operate open day tours, half-day tours and evening tours as well as private tailor made tours for smaller and larger groups.. Whatever your idea is Mountaineers are sure to welcome it and make it happen.
Hotel Laki is a 64 room country hotel only a short distance from many of Iceland’s best known pearls of nature, such as Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Ingólfshöfði nature reserve, the volcano Laki and the breathtaking Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, found on the way to Laki. At Hotel Laki you can play golf on the hotel's nine hole golf course, just outside the main hotel entrance, or try fishing in the lake Vikuflod where you can catch arctic charr. Greta walking or hiking possibilities.
Located in the heart of Vík, a village on the south coast of Iceland, Hotel Lundi (Puffin) is a charming and cozy place, open the whole year round. The hotel offers accommodation in 22 comfortable and modern rooms with private facilities. The hotel restaurant offers an excellent A la Carte Menu during the summer and a set of home cooked meals during the winter. During winter time a stunning display of the northern lights can be seen from the hotel. Hotel Lundi is only a short walking distance from the picturesque black sandy beach and the famous volcanic columns Reynisdrangar.
Hotel Highland is a three star hotel situated at the edge of Iceland’s most impressive and active volcanic areas, a short distance from many of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions in the high-lands. Hotel Highland offers 16 standard rooms and 4 suites, 2 family suites for up to 6 people and 2 luxury suites for up to 4 people. In addition Hotel High¬land offers a gourmet restaurant, bar, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi. The hotel is only 150 km from Reykjavik and easily accessible by paved road all year round, a perfect base to explore the Icelandic highlands, and a great destination for viewing the northern lights.
Known as the "last outpost" before entering the highlands, the Hrauneyjar Highland Center is situated at the edge of Iceland’s most impressive and active volcanic areas. It is close to many of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions in the highlands. The guesthouse has 108 rooms with made-up beds and sleeping bag accommodation. Hrauneyjar has a restaurant, a petrol station, service facilities, an information centre and a small gift shop. The hotel is easily accessible by paved road all year round and is only 150 kilometres from Reykjavik.
Uthlid is a rare gem to be found in the largely unspoiled Icelandic landscape. It is located centrally from most key locations, only an hour drive from Reykjavik, 25 min from the national park of Þingvellir, 10 min from the famous Geysir hot springs and only 15 min from Gullfoss.
Uthlid offers unique combination of services, cottages for rent, of various sizes and types, a swimming pool with hot tubs and showers, a grill bar and a restaurant, a camping site with grill facilities, a 9 hole golf course, a horse rental for shorter and longer trips, a convenience store and a gas station.
Frumskógar Guesthouse is located on a quiet residential street in the old artists’ district of Hveragerði, only 35km from Reykjavík. The upper floor of the main house has rooms with a shared bathroom. The comfortable breakfast hall on the lower floor turns into a lounge in the evening. Frumskógar also has roomy one bedroom apartments for let, each accommodating up to 4 people, and a conference room for up to 16 people. All guests have access to Wi-Fi and an excellent outdoors area including a hot tub, steam bath and shower.
Volcano Tours is an Icelandic family company established by highly experienced guides who know Iceland's most breathtaking places. The tours are tailored for small groups in luxury jeeps or a mini bus with 6–8 passengers at the most, and the atmosphere is both warm and personal. Volcano Tours offer part-day tours and full day tours with direct pick-ups from addresses in the south and southwest corner of Iceland. The tours can either end at Keflavik International Airport or at your hotel.
Aracanum is a touring company in south Iceland, located by the glacier Mýrdalsjökull, the fourth largest and southernmost glacier in Iceland. The company specialises in glacier tours and offers for example snowmobile tours, glacier walks, super-jeep tours, volcano tours and ice climbing. The company is one of Iceland´s best known and respected adventure tour company outfitters, providing safe and responsible tours for over 20 years at the same location.
Eldhestar offers the largest selection of riding tours in Iceland.
Most of the company's half-day tours and day tours are offered all year round. Here everyone, individuals and groups, can experience the variety of the landscape and the history as well as the special gait of the Icelandic horse - tölt. Hotel Eldhestar, a warm, cozy and luxurious countryside eco-hotel right by the farm, has 26 double rooms with all facilities, including conference facilities, hot tubs and a dining room for 60-70 guests.
Hotel Geirland, a unique experience in the countryside of Iceland, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur, offers a total of 40 cozy rooms, all with en suite bathroom. Hotel Geirland is the perfect choice for nature lovers who like to walk, hike or simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the northern lights. The hotel's restaurant provides authentic Icelandic food straight from the farm. Personal service of a high standard will make your stay both memorable and enjoyable.
Iceland Activities is a local family company with over 25 years' guiding experience in the surrounding volcanic area of Hveragerdi, the capital of hot springs, 38 km east of the capital Reykjavík. The main goal of the company is to take visitors out of the main tourist areas and into Iceland's untouched nature. They offer great selection of hike and bike tours, as well as surfing on south Iceland´s black sand beaches. Whatever your pace and level of fitness, Iceland Activities have the right tour for you.
Bed & Breakfast in Selfoss is a family friendly accommodation in the heart of South Iceland, with 26 rooms, including a spacious, sophisticated and comfortable guest kitchen, inside and outside rest areas, modern bathrooms, a hot tub, free Wi-Fi, free parking and much more. The hostel also offers deluxe breakfast with homemade bread, waffles and jam. From Selfoss there is less than an hour's drive to many exciting destinations in South Iceland such as Geysir hot springs, Thingvellir National Park, and the Gullfoss waterfall.
Located along the Ranga River, Arhus Hellu is just off Iceland’s ring road. It offers an on-site restaurant with a bar and terrace, as well as basic cottage accommodation with a kitchenette. A fridge and electric kettle are provided in each Arhus Hellu cottage. Guests can choose accommodation with either private or shared bathrooms. Arhus Hellu’s service building has a communal kitchen, a dining area and laundry facilities. Guests can also enjoy free Wi-Fi in public areas.
Lindin Restaurant & Café Bistro, on the banks of lake Laugarvatn, stands on a firm foundation of culinary excellence that has attracted patrons from around the world. Owner and head chef, Baldur Öxdal Halldórsson trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1986–1987 and received his chef’s toque at the prestigious Richemont Professional School in Lucerne from 1988–1989, where he learned the fine craft of the pastry chef and the secrets behind a great dessert, as well as food styling and hotel management. Open daily from 12:00 to 22:00 and by special appointment.
Offering intimate accommodation of character, Country Hotel Anna, at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull glacier, is perfect for those seeking a quiet retreat in beautiful surroundings. Just a 90 minute drive from Reykjavík the hotel has 7 guest rooms with private facilities. Each room is individ¬ually furnished to a high standard in the traditional style of Icelandic farms in the mid 20th century. You can relax in our hot tub and sauna, and in our spacious and characterful restaurant you can enjoy a copious breakfast buffet, made from local ingredients of the highest quality and freshness.
Hotel Skogar, located 150 km east of Reykjavik, is a quaint and luxurious hotel, situated below two glaciers (Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajokull) and right by the world-famous Skogafoss waterfall. The hotel has 12 rooms (one triple, one single and 10 double room), all with private facilities. From the hotel garden you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and the famous Skogarfoss waterfall or you can take a relaxing dip in the hot pool and sauna. The hotel features an open fireplace gourmet restaurant, an outdoor sauna & hot tub area.
The charming seafood restaurant Humarhöfnin (The Lobster Harbor) is situated by the harbor in the small fishing village Höfn, the langoustine capital of Iceland, on the outskirts of Vatnajökull National Park. Here we offer our guests to experience the unique taste of the Icelandic langoustine, lamb and arctic charr in the historical building that used to be the Co-op for the farmers and fishermen in the area. The restaurant is open daily in summer 12:00-22:00
Halfway between two picturesque glaciers, Icelandair Hotel Klaustur (260 km from Reykjavík city centre) is situated in the southeast, the warmest region of Iceland. This perfect three-star accommodation offers a range of rooms and facilities and a restaurant to satisfy not only your taste buds, but also your eyes with its spectacular views. The village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur boasts a number of natural and historical sites, and you can also enjoy a swim in a neighbouring geothermal pool or a round of golf only 5 km away. Guided summer tours in the vicinity of Vatnajokull glacier and Vatnajokull National Park
Icelandair Hotel Fludir is a popular 3-star hotel accommodation with 32 rooms in a modern, one-story building in the quiet community of Fludir. Only an hour’s drive from Reykjavík, yet situated in the heart of the country, it’s the ideal stop-off point if you’re exploring the Golden Circle, one of Iceland’s best-loved sightseeing tours. The hotel's fine restaurant and relaxing bar are the perfect places to spend your evenings, with outstanding and expansive views of the majestic and unspoiled Iceland countryside.