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South Iceland Travel Guide | 7 Must See Places

Trip planning is overwhelming, right?!

“What if I miss some big attraction to see?! How do I pick one hotel out of the thousands? Where should we go for the local fare?” Anyone else have these thoughts?

Especially when it comes to Iceland – there is SO much to consider!

Me, I LOVE having things organized. Every time we plan a trip, I get right to creating an organized list of where we needed to be when, hotel details, etc. Bonus if it’s in a perfectly organized binder with tabs separating our itinerary, maps, hotel info, rental car, etc. everything highlighted and planned down to the hour!

Yes, I know I am a nerd 🙂

Here are the best six places in South Iceland.

Seljalandsfoss

As you’re cruising down the Ring Road, you will be able to see Seljalandsfoss for miiiiles away. It sits at the end of a big cliff, and if you’re not used to seeing waterfalls, this will be an exciting sight from afar.

Seljalandsfoss drops 60m down from a cliff. The best part about this waterfall is that you can walk behind it for a unique perspective! *NOTE: If you to do this during winter, it’s best to use crampons on your shoes – the spray from the waterfall makes the path extremely slippery.

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Skogafoss

After Seljalandsfoss you will be in waterfall heaven, but keep heading down the road towards the town of Skogar. Skogafoss is simply breathtaking.

There’s a legend that says the first Viking settler at Skógar stashed a chest of gold coins in a cave behind the waterfall. Don’t forget to hike up the wooden pathway for great views of the coast and the waterfall.

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Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey is truly a unique sight. An arch like promontory jutting out into the ocean…this spot is definitely a must see! Bonus: this is a very popular spot to see puffins!

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Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

I would say one of the things people want to see most in Iceland is the waterfalls and the black sand beach. Reynisfjara is where you do that. The famous basalt stacks stick out of the ocean and the Hálsanefshellir is such a famous sight, it is truly not to be missed.

READ MORE:   5 Photos That Prove You Should Visit Iceland in the Winter

 

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Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell is a beautiful part of Iceland, but the real gem that people come here for Svartifoss waterfall. Although it’s a hike (2 hours round trip) to get back to the falls, it’s worth it if you have time to spare.  The path is easily walk-able. Skaftafell is a very popular place to camp.

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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I absolutely think you should drive all the way to Jokulsarlon.  The icebergs floating in the lagoon is simply breathtaking. This is one of my favorite places in Iceland, no matter what the season! You can also take a boat tour which brings you closer to the glacier.

South Iceland must visit places - Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon and crystal beach // Iceland trip planning made easy with TripCreator.com | Life With a Viwe

Don’t forget: Diamond Beach

A short walk across the street brings you to a beach where some icebergs wash up on the black sand! This is another amazing sight, especially in the colder months when more of the ice chunks stay on shore.

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Happy planning, Team!

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  • Leanna DeFrancesco
    August 15, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    This is so great!! I have been dreaming about going to Iceland for over a year now and there are SO MANY things I want to see. Fortunately for me, I love the planning part. Can’t wait to look more at all of this!

    • Jeannie
      August 19, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Yay, glad this was helpful for you! The only hard thing about planning a trip to Iceland is choosing what to do when everything is so amazing 😀

  • Emily
    August 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Beautiful photos! I actually love planning travel so I would love for my husband to just hand me plane tickets and let me start! This site does sound helpful though, just to guide you thorough what shouldn’t be missed.

    • Jeannie
      August 19, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Emily! I know a lot of people enjoy the planning part, we need those people in the world! TripCreator is great though, I will definitely use them for our upcoming travels abroad.

  • Rachel
    September 4, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    This sounds like such a great tool! Thanks for pulling this list together too – definitely saving it for when a trip to Iceland happens!

    • Jeannie
      September 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Trip Creator is so great, very helpful! Yes definitely hold onto this one, happy to help!

  • Danielle
    January 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I thought the walk to Svartifoss was a little more challenging than suggested on the guide map. 1.7km is dead easy and I have a decent fitness level, but the fact that it’s uneven and uphill will lots of natural and man made steps I think makes it a lot tougher, I was quite surprised, I headed off with a sandwich in my hand for an ‘easy walk’ but found it pretty tough. In comparison I’d read of people finding the walk to the plane wreck & ‘inside the volcano’ to be challenging, but I had no issues there. I think they need a ‘knee disclaimer’ 🙂 as I’d expect ‘easy’ to be suitable for everyone but my retirement age mum would never have made it! I mean you need any hiking gear or anything but I think it was deceptively challenging! (but I seem to be the only one in all I’ve read lol)

  • Danielle
    January 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    *don’t need hiking gear