Visit South Iceland
Southern Iceland still resonates in the international consciousness as the home of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for the spectacular 2011 eruptions that grounded planes across Europe. The largest eruption of recent years, this event served as a reminder of Iceland's turbulent past and drew the worlds attention to the startling beauty of this volcanic landscape.
This rich geothermal activity is what makes Southern Iceland the most visited of all Iceland's regions; thermal springs here have created geysers capable of expelling plumes of water up to 70 meters tall. The regularity of this spectacle makes this a popular stop on the Golden Circle route, taking in Geysir, Pingvellir National Park and the falls at Gullfoss.
This region is truly a land of waterfalls; approach as close to the edge of the abyss as you dare at Gullfoss, walk behind a wall of water at picturesque Seljalandsfoss, or get soaked by spray at mighty Skogafoss, which towers over you at 200ft.
With black volcanic sands, thermal springs and bubbling mud pools, the beauty of this landscape relies on Iceland's unique geographical location, straddling one of most active tectonic rifts in the world.
Top itineraries in South Iceland
This escorted tour takes in the winter wilderness of southern Iceland, starting and ending in the capital Reykjavik and visiting a number of the region's most impressive sites, from the iceberg-filled waters of the Jokulsarlon Lagoon to the waterfalls of Gullfoss and Skogafoss among others.
Iceland's wildlife is best seen in summer, when humpback, minke and giant blue whales can be spotted off the coast at Reykjavik and Húsavík, and millions of puffins draw birders to the clifftops of the Westman Islands
If you're a second-time visitor to Iceland or a first-time visitor keen to get a little more off-the-beaten-track, this eight-day self-drive visits the scenic Snaefellsnes peninsula and the lesser-known Westfjords, taking in remote villages, seabird cliffs and historic saga sites.
Top places to stay in South Iceland
Whether you are seeking a quiet, soulful soak beneath the Northern Lights, a challenging trek across an ancient glacier or a day of fly-fishing in plentiful icy rivers, ION Luxury Adventure Hotel will provide an unforgettable holiday experience
Where to go in South Iceland
Located at the centre of Vatnajökull National Park the Vatnajökull Glacier is larger than all the other glaciers in Europe combined. Short flights from a nearby airstrip carry you out over sections of this icy tundra and are the best way to experience the sheer scale of this frozen expanse.
Pingvellir National Park is a popular stop-off on the Golden Circle route and adds a dose of history to this scenic tour. At the park's heart is a gorge, lined on either side by craggy outcrops. More than simply a site of geographical intrigue, it's also the site where the original Icelandic parlia…
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