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Southern Iceland is home to the capital city of Reykjavik and the black sands of the Southern coastline.

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Southern Iceland at a glance

Outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home along the Southern Coastline of Iceland. Activities in the summer include hiking, horse riding, swimming and boat trips.

In the winter there is a great opportunity to head out to search for the Northern Lights in a variety of different ways such as ATV, Snowmobile or by car.

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Experiences in Southern Iceland

There are plenty of activities on offer in the South of Iceland. Just take a look below and see what you could include in your personal itinerary!
Explore the underwater world between continents!

Silfra Snorkelling

Explore the underwater world between continents!
Explore the Southern Coast of Iceland by Quad Bike!

South Shore Quad Biking

Explore the Southern Coast of Iceland by Quad Bike!
Experience some of Southern Iceland's most majestic natural wonders.

Golden Circle Tour

Experience some of Southern Iceland's most majestic natural wonders.
Relax under the Aurora in a Hot tub

Aurora Hot Tub

Relax under the Aurora in a Hot tub
One of Southern Iceland's hidden gems - Hotel Ranga.

Hotel Ranga

One of Southern Iceland's hidden gems - Hotel Ranga.
Stay in the heart of the wilderness in Southern Iceland in this luxury modern hotel.

Ion Adventure Hotel

Stay in the heart of the wilderness in Southern Iceland in this luxury modern hotel.
Relax in the geothermal waters of the magical Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon

Relax in the geothermal waters of the magical Blue Lagoon.
Experience the whales of Iceland and learn all about the species that live in Icelandic waters.

Whales of Iceland Museum

Experience the whales of Iceland and learn all about the species that live in Icelandic waters.

General Information

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, is it's largest city and lies along the Southern coast. Reykjavik is home to some of the world's most famous tourist attractions such as the Blue Lagoon and the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall located in the canyon of the Hvítá River. Follow the coastline further around the island and you will find amazing secluded hotels such as Hotel Ranga or Ion - the perfect locations for an out-of-city stay in this beautiful country.

Capital

Reykjavik

Population

280,795

Area

103,000 SQ KM

Language

Icelandic

Currency

Icelandic Króna

Best time to visit

Summer: May- August Winter: December- March

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Destinations in Southern Iceland

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Reykjavik

Reykjavik is the country’s biggest city and oozes culture and vibrancy. In the city there is a wealth of amazing bars and restuarants to enjoy and during the day you could choose to visit the National or Saga Museum.

  • Whale watching is a particular highlight in Reykjavik and is available all year round. Afterwards head to the Whales of Iceland museum to learn more about the species that live here!

© Reykjavik Excursions

Iceland Southern Coast

The Southern coast of Iceland is truly one of natures greatest spectacles. The black sand beaches contrasting against the vibrant blue waters will be something you will want to see again and again.

  • The lack of light pollution in the South makes this a perfect destination for a Northern Lights holiday.

Travel Facts

Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.

There are many flights to and from Iceland all year round. International flights arrive at Keflavík International Airport, just to the south of the city. There are no railways on Iceland but the city centre does have bus services as well as taxis. Reykjavik also boasts two seaports where many cruise ships dock.

Despite its name Iceland is not necessarily that cold. Winter temperatures are an average of 3.6°C, and summer temperatures average around 15°C

Reykjavik and Iceland is world famous for its geology and geography. With huge mountain ranges and an active geothermal country with many geysers, hot springs and volcanic formations to be found – it is a breath-taking landscape for those after an adventure.

Iceland offers some of the best waterfalls in Europe, such as the Dettifoss regarded as the most powerful waterfall in the whole of Europe.

With a latitude of 64° north, Reykjavik offers a perfect base from which to embark on an Iceland northern lights adventure.

Wild horses still roam areas around the city. A third of the island lacks any sort of vegetation which gives the landscape a unique feel. Much of this barren land is covered in ash from recent volcanic eruptions.

There are many species of whale present round the shores of Iceland. Also many species of fish also thrive in the Icelandic waters with diving tours available to discover this underwater world.

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