Going To Iceland? In this installment of our Iceland Travel Guide Series, we list down the best places to visit in Southern and Western Iceland. Read our comprehensive Iceland Northern Lights Exploration Trip here!
What to do in Southern and Western Iceland
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Here are our top 10 attractions in Southern and Western Iceland! 🙂
1. Blue Lagoon
The locals will probably tell you the Blue Lagoon is too touristy and not worth going, but seriously, which place has such a dream-like quality to it? And where else in the world can you find another place like this? We say – go at least once! The waters of the Blue is said to have therapeutic effects, and we can vouch that our skin was as soft as a baby’s after a soak in it!
2. Hallgrímskirkja Church
The Hallgrímskirkja Church has a unique and breathtaking architecture modelled after the numerous basalt columns in Iceland. Being one of the highest points in Reykavik, it also has an observatory that allows panoramic views over the city.
3. Old Harbour
One of the most charming harbours around, the Old Harbour of Reykavik offers spectacular views of the mountain Esla. It also has a fantastic range of eateries around, the most notable of which is Cafe Haiti.
4. Golden Circle
Consisting of three gems namely Gulfoss, Strokkur Geyser, and Thingvellir National Park, the Golden Circle can be compacted into a half day tour from Reykavik city. If you have time to do only one thing, then this should be the one.
5. Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
Iceland has a great number of waterfalls but you get a good deal from visiting Hraunfossar and Barnafoss – 2 waterfalls at one site.
6. Snaefellsnes Penisular
Known as the microcosm of Iceland, the Snaefellsnes Penisular is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. Go in summer and you might be able to see puffins in abundance, or, join a puffin hunt if you are game for it.
7. Black Beach of Vik
Belief me when I say the Black Beach of Vik is like no other. Besides its black sands lining its shores, it also displays one of the most stormy piece of sea we have ever seen, driven by the fact that there is no land mass between Vik and Antartica. Imagine that! Drive along the beach for spectacular pieces of rock art carved by the sea.
It may seem like an ordinary waterfall, but you’ll get to experience its majesty when you get closer. Deemed as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, it doesn’t make sense to skip this.
9. Seljalandsfos Waterfall
Skogafoss’ sister waterfall, Seljalandsfoss is a short drive away. On good days, you might be allowed to climb up a small hill and creep up behind the waterfall, something that is truly unique and unforgettable.
10. Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
This is our personal favourite, and we strongly recommend that you do not skip this one. With floating icebergs and the vast expanse of glaciers and mountains as a backdrop, Jökulsárlón simply looks heavenly. Stay on here at night and try your luck at viewing the Northern Lights here.
That’s all from us! We hope that you have enjoyed our list of top 10 places to visit for Western and Southern Iceland! Do share your comments below with our readers if you have been to Iceland.
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First published 26 Jun 2014
Last Updated 16 Dec 2018