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South Iceland is the region of Iceland along the North Atlantic Ocean. South Iceland's charm lies in its many large and impressive waterfalls and glaciers, unique geology and fascinating medieval history. 

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South West - West - Westfjords - North - North East - South East - South - Highlands

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The area is the setting of of some of Iceland's most popular sagas and home to many of their heroes. Njáll's saga, one of the most famous sagas, is largely set in South Iceland with the title character Njáll living at Bergþórshvoll and the hero Gunnar hailing from Hlíðarendi in Fljótshlíð near Hvolsvöllur. These farms still exist today, but don't expect to see medieval ruins. Icelandic building materials were not made to last, and the farms you see today are twentieth century constructions. However, the nature and the scenery remain as impressive!

people walking around thingvellir national park in iceland

Volcanoes and mountains

Katla volcano

a view of katla volcano landscape in south iceland

Katla is a large volcano in southern Iceland. It is very active; twenty eruptions have been documented between 930 and 1918, at intervals of 13–95 years. It has not erupted violently for 95 years, although there may have been small eruptions that did not break the ice cover, including ones in 1955[1] and 1999. Prior eruptions have had a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of between 4 and 6 on a scale of 0 to 8. In comparison, the Eyjafjallajökull 2010 eruption had a VEI4. The bigger VEI6 eruptions are comparable to Mount Pinatubo's 1991 eruption.

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Katla

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Katla Volcano - In Myrdalsjokull glacier

Hekla volcano

mount hekla view in iceland

Hekla is a stratovolcano in the south of Iceland with a height of 1,491 meters (4,892 ft). Hekla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874. During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the "Gateway to Hell."

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Hekla

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Hekla Volcano

Islands south of the coast

The region also contains two of the most important seats of power of medieval Iceland: Skálholt was the location of the bishop of Iceland from 1056 until 1106, when north Iceland received a bishop of its own but Skálholt remained the seat of a diocese covering east, south and west Iceland until 1801. Þingvellir was the meeting place of the Alþingi, the joint parliament and court founded in 930. Alþingi lost its legislative functions in 1662 but remained a court held at Þingvellir until 1800. Alþingi was later revived (in 1845) as advisory and later legislative assembly in Reykjavík. It was also at Þingvellir that, on the 17th of June 1944, Iceland was declared a republic.

Surtsey island

Surtsey is a volcanic island off the southern coast of Iceland. At 63.303°N 20.6047°W Coordinates: 63.303°N 20.6047°W Surtsey is the southernmost point of Iceland. It was formed in a volcanic eruption that began 130 meters (426 ft) below sea level, and reached the surface on 14 November 1963. The eruption lasted until 5 June 1967, when the island reached its maximum size of 2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi). Since then, wind and wave erosion has caused the island to steadily diminish in size: as of 2002, its surface area was 1.4 km2 (0.54 sq mi).

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Surtsey

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Surtsey island - View to the North East

Villages in South Iceland

Hella village

Hella is a small town in the southern part of Iceland at the shores of the river Ytri-Rangá and has, as of 2011, 781 inhabitants. Hella is situated 94 kilometres (58 mi) to the east of Reykjavík on the hringvegur (Road no.1) between Selfoss and Hvolsvöllur.

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Hella

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Hella village

Laugarvatn - village and lake

laugarvatn fontana aerial view in winter

Laugarvatn is a lake and small town in the south of Iceland. It is a bit smaller than the neighboring Apavatn. It is situated at a popular touristic round-trip, the Golden Circle and acts as a popular staging post in the area. There is a small but popular hostel situated in the town. If somebody wants to go from Þingvellir to Haukadalur, it is possible to follow a track through an interesting volcanic landscape and along Laugarvatn. The lake contains some geothermal springs under the surface, making it a popular swimming spot with some warm patches along the shoreline year-round.

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Laugarvatn

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Laugarvatn - village and lake

Webcams showing road conditions in Iceland

Here below you can find a direct feed from selected roads in South Iceland.

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Lómagnúpur

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Lómagnúpur

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Lomagnupur to the West

On the road

Lomagnupur to the East

 

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Eldhraun

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Eldhraun

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Eldhraun to the South West

On the road

Eldhraun to the North East

 

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Reynisfjall mountain

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Reynisfjall

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Reynisfjall to the East 

On the road

Reynisfjall to the West

 

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Markarfljót river

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Markarfljót

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Markarfljot to the West

On the road

Markarfljot to the East

Towards Bakkafjara coast

 

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Landvegamót

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Landvegamót

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Towards Thjorsa river

View over Landvegur road

Towards Hella town

Seen to the South

 

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Skeiðavegamót

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Skeiðavegamót

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Towards Selfoss town

Towards Thjorsa River

On the road

Seen to the North

 

Bræðratunguvegur road (359), við Hvítá river

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Bræðratunguvegur

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Hvita to the West 

On the road 

Hvita to the East

 

Biskupstungnabraut road (35), Svínavatn lake

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Svínavatn

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Svinavatn to the West 

On the road

Overview of the road

Svinavatn to the East

 

Lyngdalsheiðarvegur road (365), Lyngdalsheiði

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Svínavatn

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Seen to the West

On the road

Seen to the East

 

Þingvallavegur road (36), Gjábakki

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Lyngdalsheiði

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Gjabakki to the South

On the road

Gjabakki to the North

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