South Coast of Iceland Itinerary – Experience the Rugged Iceland Coastline

The South Coast of Iceland is world-famous for its incredible scenery. The list of attractions is familiar to all of you Iceland enthusiasts out there. But if you are new to Iceland I think that the South Coast is a great way to start to get to know the country. Anyway, here is my idea for a South Coast of Iceland Itinerary.

Go on the South Iceland Express Road Trip and get the exclusive road trip app

In my opinion the best way to know the South coast would be to book the South Iceland Express Road Trip from Iceland Travel where I work. If you book this road trip package you will be able to explore the area with the aid of the exclusive Iceland Travel Companion App. In the app, your South Coast of Iceland itinerary is laid out before in the app in a really clear way.

This is just one example of the scenery which can be enjoyed on Icelandic road trips: Reynisfjara Beach near the village of Vík.
This is just one example of the scenery which can be enjoyed on Icelandic road trips: Reynisfjara Beach near the village of Vík.

Reykjavik, the capital of cool

Start in Reykjavik city and make sure you do all the fun things to do in this capital of cool. There is certainly no lack of things to do in Reykjavik. Here are a few cool activities you can do in Reykjavik.

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Day two for South Coast of Iceland Itinerary – go to Hveragerdi town

After you have explored Reykjavik drive towards the town on Hveragerdi. Go swimming in the lovely local pool. Hike to the valley of Reykjadalur where you can bathe in a hot stream. In the summer you can also go on a biking tour to fully experience the area around the town which is shaped by bubbling hot springs and geothermal pools. No change of going hungry since you will boil an egg in a hot spring and eat bread baked in the geothermally heated ground. Bike around the local river and visit an earthquake museum where you can try an earthquake simulator. Relax afterwards in the local swimming pool. In the winter time you can join a northern lights hunt from the town of Hveragerdi.

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Head towards the village of Vík

Drive towards the village of Vík. This is a day for wonderful waterfalls and the famous black beach and Dyrholaey promontory. Check out the waterfalls Seljalandsfos, its hidden neighbours Gljúfrabúi, Kvernufoss and of course the well known Skogafoss. After that it is Reynisfjara, AKA the black beach with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. You get a lovely view of both from the Dyrholey promontory. Just remember to be careful when you are on the beach and up on the promontory. One tour I would absolutely recommend to you is the ice cave tour in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. This tour is also available in a ´Fast Track´format.  The stark ruggedness of the glacier and the beauty of the ice caves is just incredible. Another nice option is Under the glacier tour.

 

The walls of the ice caves of Mýrdalsjökull on the south coast of Icealand glisten like steel.
The walls of the ice caves of Mýrdalsjökull on the south coast of Icealand glisten like steel.

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Drive to the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur village and see an awesome canyon

When you are done exploring Vík you can head up to the fantastic canyon of Fjaðrargljufur (try to say that after couple of pints!).

 Mt. Lómagnúpur on the South Coast of Iceland.
I wish I was a better photographer so I could do Mt. Lómagnúpur some justice.

It will take you an hour to drive there. This awesome canyon is probably the most photogenic place in all of Iceland. Just be careful on the edge as the canyon is more than hundred meters deep in some places. Fjaðrargljufur canyon is close to village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. The scenery there is just beautiful. If you choose to stay there overnight I would suggest you check out the steep rocky hill of Systrastapi and the Systrafoss waterfall. Both of these are connected to the medieval convent which Kirkjubæjarklaustur is named after.

The massive Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon should be a part of your South Coast of Iceland Itinerary.
The massive Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon should be a part of your South Coast of Iceland Itinerary.

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This road goes on to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, or even Höfn

Head on to the wonderful glacial lagoon called Jökulsárlón. I recommend going on a boat trip on the water so you can really can get a close look at those majestic icebergs floating on the water. In this distance you will hear the rumble of giant icebergs breaking off the main crawling glacier. Don´t forget to cross the highway and go to the ´Diamond Beach´

The diamond beach across the road from the glacial lagoon on the south coast of Iceland.
The diamond beach across the road from the glacial lagoon on the south coast of Iceland.

It is one of my favorite places in Iceland. Since you have come this far you need to check out the Skaftafell national park. Hike to the wonderful Svartifoss and admire the majesty of Vatnajokull glacier and its highest peak ´Hvannadalshnjukur´

Mt. Hvannadalshnjukur, the highest peak in Iceland seen from the Hrutfjallstindar peaks
Mt. Hvannadalshnjukur, the highest peak in Iceland seen from the Hrutfjallstindar peaks

Depending on the time you have, you can visit the town of Höfn. It has a surprising number of great restaurants. Don´t leave town without tasting the L´angoustine!

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What to do if you have little time but still want to get a great  South Iceland Itinerary

If you have little time but still want to discover the wonders of the Icelandic South Coast I would recommend the following options:

  • South Shore Adventure´covers many of the attractions mentioned above in just 10 hours. This tour will take you as far as the village of Vík
  • Premium Southern Iceland Tour is a small group tour that will take you as far as the village Vík. This tour will stop at Holt farm where you will get coffee and pastries and learn about life in Iceland.
  • South Coast and Eyjafjallaj0kull – discover South Iceland in Super Jeep and go up close to the Mýrdalsjökull clacier ice cap.

Map of the South Coast of Iceland Itinerary