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Best of South Coast Iceland

Discover the must-visit places along the South Coast

|April 7, 2022

South Coast of Iceland is a majestic destination with several natural and unique wonders including waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, and black sandy beaches.

When you think of exploring Iceland, what is the first visual that comes to your mind? Is it the black sand beaches or the natural ice caves? Well, what if we told you South Coast in Iceland is everything you'd picture and more? The South Coast of Iceland is indisputably one of the popular locations in the region that is most visited.


The South Coast / Iceland


We have created a list of places that must be included while exploring South Iceland. From waterfalls to glacier lagoons, we have covered it all. If you are traveling from Reykjavík, it's easy to get to one of the most loved sites on Iceland's south coast, the ice and lava-shaped landscapes.

How to Explore South Iceland

No matter which part of Iceland you might be traveling from, the South Coast of Iceland is easily accessible by road. From the international airport, we recommend you hire a car rental to get to see Iceland's south coast attractions. From Keflavik and Reykjanesbær, Route 41 towards the Ring Road will get you to Iceland's south coast in less than an hour. It takes about the same time if you are planning to travel from Reykjavik. Ideally, you'll need at least 4 days to explore South Iceland to its fullest. But, if you have a packed itinerary, we recommend you spend 2 days discovering the highlights of the destination.

Scenic Road by the Mountains in Iceland

Drive way to South Coast of Iceland

Exploring the Best of South Iceland

We have curated this exclusive list of the best of the South Coast. The list includes stunning natural sights, popular attractions of the South Coast, and some hidden gems too. Get ready to uncover the best of everything the South Coast of Iceland has to offer. As one of the country's popular destinations, the South Coast attracts a large number of tourists, especially during the months of June, July, and August.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Falls by the Sunrise in Iceland

Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

Have you ever had the experience of walking behind a waterfall? At Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you'll have the opportunity to do just that. As one of the most favorite experiences, while exploring the South Coast of Iceland, you get to walk behind an impressive 40-meter (131-foot) waterfall. If you have some more time on hand, take some time out to get a quick dip in the Seljavallalaug, an old swimming pool that was built in 1923 with naturally warmed waters.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full of Icebergs in Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in South Coast of Iceland

The next location on our list of best places to visit on the South Coast is the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Located within the premises of Vatnajökull National Park, this natural wonder is your opportunity to witness floating icebergs from the water’s edge. During the summer season, explore the glacier lagoon by taking a boat tour and seeing this natural wonder up close.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Arnardrangur Rock at Reynisfjara Beach

Arnardrangur "Eagle rock" at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland

Originating from the volcanoes, the black sand beach here is an unusual beach experience that no travelers would want to miss. Located near Vík í Mýrdal, these beaches offer dramatic views adorned by the Garðar cliff with its basalt columns. As a must-visit location in South Iceland, you could also spot the Reynisdrangar rock pillars at a distance.

Diamond Beach

Small Icebergs by the Shore at Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach in South Coast of Iceland

Also known as Breiðamerkursandur, Diamond beach is well known for the sparkling black sand and the chunks of solid ice that can be spotted on the shore. Your trip to explore Southern Iceland is incomplete without visiting one of the black sandy beaches here.

Skógafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss Falls during Summer Season

Skógafoss Waterfall in Iceland

Located a short drive away from Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss waterfall has an impressive drop height of 60 meters. Legends have it that there is a hidden treasure chest behind Skógafoss waterfall. As one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, this natural attraction is definitely the best sight to see.

Svartifoss Waterfall

Svartifoss Falls with Basalt Columns in Iceland

Svartifoss Waterfall surrounded by basalt columns, Iceland

Another hidden gem located within the premises of the Vatnajökull National Park, this waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns. The fantastic trails would let you hike up to the waterfalls within 45 minutes. Also known as the black waterfall, Svartifoss is truly incredible and glorious.

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Outlet in Iceland

Sólheimajökull Glacier outlet of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier in Iceland

This glacier covers one of Iceland's most explosive volcanoes, Katla, which is believed to erupt every 40 to 80 years. Sólheimajökull is one of its outlets where glacier hikes are considered to be a popular activity. This unique Icelandic experience also gives you an opportunity to go above and beyond to discover the stunning ice caves at Katla.

Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Aerial View of Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Skaftafell Nature Reserve, Iceland

Do you enjoy hiking? Make sure Skaftafell nature reserve is on your list of places to explore. The magnificent landscapes including the hanging valleys, canyons, and rivers will leave you awestruck.

One of the most essential accessories to capture the moment and your travel memory is a good camera. While no pictures would do justice to the natural beauty of this destination, it is always fun to browse through the pictures for more travel inspiration in the future.

In all honesty, the South Coast of Iceland is a wonder in itself. Every traveler has their own way to explore Iceland's South Coast. What would yours be?

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