Top Most Beautiful South Iceland Attractions You Can’t Miss

There are a lot of things to do in Iceland and Icelandic attractions are almost countless. But what are the best South Iceland attractions that you really can’t miss during your stay in Iceland? Here are the top most beautiful attractions in South Iceland!

To South Iceland attractions to visit in Iceland

Iceland has a lot to offer. On almost every turn from the Ring Road, you can find something beautiful. Our 7 days Iceland road trip itinerary was filled with amazing sights, from hidden gems to those more popular, that just can’t be missed.

Wherever I travel, I prefer to find places off the beaten path, not flooded with tourists. However, there are also those few truly breathtaking and iconic South Iceland attractions, that, even though they are popular with people, you must see them when you are in Iceland. And with a little effort, you can still manage to visit them without anyone around.

Top South Iceland attractions you can’t miss

#1 Hot Pools

That’s one of the best things about Iceland – natural hot pools. Cold or warm outside – doesn’t matter, because when you dip in the hot waters of the geothermal pools life just instantly becomes better.

One of the famous commercial and very well promoted ones is a Blue Lagoon. However, there are so many natural hot pools in Iceland, that you can choose for yourself which one you prefer to visit. The smaller and more hidden pools are less popular, but equally (or even more) amazing, so you can enjoy your time there alone.

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Iceland hot pools
Iceland hidden swimming pool

#2 Glaciers

To see a glacier up close in Iceland is a must!

One of the biggest south Iceland attractions is a big national park covering glacier, Vatnajökull National Park. One of three national parks in Iceland is extending to the huge area, including Vatnajökull glacier.  Can you believe, that it is the biggest ice cap in Iceland and second largest in Europe? Worth visit is also Sólheimajökull Glacier, where you can try a glacier hike and Skaftafell park where we did a hike to the Black Falls.

Skaftafell is famous for its Alpine-like landscape with influence from glaciers, volcanoes and rivers. Trips to the glacier are very popular and there are many other activities that will keep you busy. You can also hike to the Svartifoss (Black Falls), made from black basalt columns. It was an inspiration for an architect who built the very well known church in Reykjavik – Hallgrímskirkja.

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Skaftafell glacier
Skaftafell glacier

Iceland glacier

Svartifoss (black falls) in IcelandSvartifoss (Black Falls) in Iceland

#3 Jökulsárlón – Glacier lagoon & Diamond beach

Iceland is definitely a land of ice and I was fascinated by all the ice, that you can see there all year round.

Do you recognise those blue pieces of ice floating in the water?

Maybe if you’ve seen movies Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or Batman Begins it will bring your memories, as those movies were shot in the Icelandic glacier lagoon.

Jökulsárlón was developed into a glacial lake when the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier started melting and breaking. Now, you can see the icebergs of different sizes and shapes drifting away from the glacier and dying in the sea. The glacier lagoon grows and changes, so if you visit it again after some time (or even the next day, what we did) it will be entirely different.

I’ve never seen something like this before – milky white and bright blue colours of ice look truly spectacular. Many of the ice parts lie on the black sand beach nearby, called Diamond beach, where you can touch them and taste a 1000 years old ice (it’s not that tasty;)).

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Jökulsárlón glacier lagoonJökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Eating 1000 years old ice in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Eating 1000 years old ice in Diamond beach

#4 Reynisfjara black beach

Black beach, called like this because of the pitch black volcanic sand and basaltic columns towering above it (called Gardar), that also form a shallow cave nearby was voted one of the best beaches in the world (more beautiful than Indonesia!).

In the sea, directly in front of it, there are dramatic looking sea stacks called Reynisdrangar. The sea looks very aggressive and the waves are high and strong – white foam created by them contrasts with dark volcanic sand making it a perfect landscape view for photographers.

The waves at Reynisfjara beach can also be dangerous. They are called “sneaker waves” – they can sweep in quickly and their force is so strong, that a person would struggle to come back on the shore. They already caused several accidents with people drowning in the sea, so be careful!

The Reynisfjara beach is very touristy and you will see couches and numerous cars in the busy car park, but it’s a special place and definitely worth to see. You can always walk away on the beach to be by yourself with those breathtaking views or sit on the nearby pebbles and cook your lunch, as we did.

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Reynisfjara black beach

Reynisfjara black beach cave

#5 Geysir geothermal area

Filled with mud pots and bubbling hot springs, geothermal areas in Iceland are very interesting sights to visit. One of the most known places is the home for Geysir geyser, which gave the name to all of the other periodically spouting hot springs. It’s located in Haukadalur valley on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill. Geysir doesn’t erupt as often as before, but his younger brother Strokkur located around 50 meters away, blows a high stream of water every 6–10 minutes, so you can be sure that you see it. Its usual height is 15–20 m, although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 m. Around, you can see other bigger or smaller geysers and smell the sulfur in the air.

Together with Þingvellir and the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area is a part of the Golden Circle – one of the most famous tourist routes on the island. It’s also included in our Iceland road trip itinerary here.

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Iceland Strokkur geyser
Iceland Strokkur geyser

litli geysir Iceland

Top things to do in Iceland and Top South Iceland attractions - Iceland geyser area

Strokkur Geyser Iceland

Cooking eggs in geyser Iceland
If you fancy a new Iceland cooking experience, you can try to cook some eggs in the geyser 😉

#6 Waterfalls

Iceland is a land of many stunning waterfalls. In the south of the country I would recommend you to see at least one of those two:

Gullfoss [Eng. Golden falls]

It’s an iconic waterfall in southwest Iceland, located in the canyon of the Hvítá river. With its height of 32 meters and significant width, it creates an outstanding impression of masses of water falling down to the rocky river bottom. You can view it from above or go down to see it closer.

There were some plans to use it for generating electricity, but now it is luckily protected.

Together with Þingvellir and the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss is another part of Golden Circle route.

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Gullfoss waterfall

Skogafoss

Skogafoss is a stunning waterfall situated on the Skógá River. It falls from the cliffs remaining from the former coastline, which now is at a distance of about 5 kilometres away. It’s one of the biggest waterfalls in the island, with the width of 25 m and drop of 60 m.

You can walk close to it and watch the water falling down in front on you. Just be aware that you can get quite wet as the waterfall produces a lot of spray. However, thanks to that, in the sunny days you can see the rainbow reflected in the water drops.

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*8 places in South Iceland that you can't miss* Another stunning waterfall – Skógáfoss, is situated on the Skógá River and falls from the cliffs remaining from the former coastline, which is now at about 5 kilometres away. It’s one of the biggest waterfalls in the island, with width of 25 m and drop of 60m. Amazing experience it is to@come@so@close@to it, get wet from the spray and see those masses of water falling down. You can also climb to the top and view it from above! * Want to know more about places not to miss in South Iceland? Check my new post on the blog – link in bio ? . . . . #skógafoss #iceland #worlderingaroundiceland #worlderingaround #southiceland #icelandbucketlist #visiticeland #icelandroadtrip #landscape #fuji #fujix #photography #earthfocus #natgeotravel #amazingview #bestplacestogo #outdoors #travelblog #blogtroterzy #islandia #waterfall #photooftheday #explore #hiking #backpacking #rainbow #traveling #earthpix #everydayiceland #icelandlover

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Skogafoss

#7 Þingvellir

The third site on the famous Golden Circle route in South Iceland has historical, cultural, and geological significance. Located in a rift valley between the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate, is an unusual place to visit. You can even try snorkelling or diving in the lake of the Silfra canyon, where the continental drift between the plates is wide enough to swim and enjoy great visibility.

Þingvellir is also the place where the national parliament of Iceland was established in 930 AD. Since 2004 it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and important place for Icelandic history and culture.

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss - Pingvellir tectonic plates

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss  - View to Pingvellir

#8 Reykjavík

If you are not sure if it’s worth stopping by in Reykjavik, think again. There are so many reasons to fall in love with Reykjavik!

Usually, I’m not a city girl and Iceland is all about nature. But I think it’s definitely worth to visit the country’s capital, even for one day. You can discover the real Icelandic way of life, look at Icelanders enjoying their days and explore a bit of an island’s culture. Most of the people, who you’ll meet in popular places in Iceland will be foreigners, so better to get to know some of the locals in the beautiful Reykjavik. The city is a home for 130 thousands of people and with the country population of over 300 thousand, it’s the main hub.

It’s a pretty town, that has a lot to offer with some cosy restaurants, bars and a lively music scene. You just need to watch out for your money as, man, Iceland is pricey! Luckily, there are ways on how to travel on Iceland on a budget, also in Reykjavik, so have a look.

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss  - Reykjavik

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss  - Reykjavik colourful streets

Top South Iceland attractions you can't miss  - Hallgrímskirkja church reykjavik
Hallgrímskirkja church Reykjavik

+ Northern Lights in Iceland

Thanks to its location, Iceland is a perfect place for watching the Northern Lights. Even during our stay in September, we managed to see them 3 nights in a row. The first night even from Reykjavik. I have for you some tips on how to see Aurora if you also want to see this amazing spectacle!

Aurora Iceland
Northern Lights in Iceland

Would you like to see some of the South Iceland attractions? Would you add anything else to the list? Let me know in the comments!


More Iceland read:

Ultimate South Iceland road trip itinerary

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Iceland off the beaten path 

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13 thoughts on “Top Most Beautiful South Iceland Attractions You Can’t Miss

  1. Oh what beautiful photos! Iceland is on my bucket list but sounds like I really need to save some cash. But the views are priceless!

    Katie

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    1. Hi Katie, thanks for the comment! Iceland is beautiful and you should definitely visit if you have a chance. To be honest, you don’t need that much money for it, though. It is more expensive than other places in Europe, but you can lower the costs down. Have a look at some tips here: Iceland on a budget

    1. Thanks, Enrico & Zuzana! I’m glad you find it helpful 🙂 good luck for your Iceland trip in 2018 – fingers crossed so you can go there!:)

  2. This was very helpful! I am planning my wedding in Iceland for spring of 2018 and I cannot wait to see these locations! Do you think the Skaftafell area would have enough room for a group of 10 to do a quick ceremony without too many people in the background? Just not sure how large this area is around the black falls. Thank you!

    1. Wow, that sounds amazing! So happy for you 🙂
      For the Black Falls, there is the rocky area just next to the waterfall, around the stream and a small path on the side. The path is too small for 10 people, but you could stand around the rocks in the middle. If you google Black Falls, it will show you images with people sitting on those rocks. In spring it shouldn’t be very crowded and it’s generally less crowded places than other easier to get to waterfalls, where you don’t have to hike. There is also a small bridge over the stream, you could stand there and your guest around. Otherwise, you can also see the waterfall from a bit of distance – when you approach it, there is like a plateau which is big enough for many people to stand and you can see waterfall, but it’s further away. I think it’s doable, just take good hiking shoes as it’s all rocks! 🙂 Good luck!

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