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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.


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Top places to stay in South Iceland

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, South Iceland

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, South Iceland

Contemporary hotel

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

Hotel Ranga, South Iceland

Hotel Ranga, Hella

Traditional lodge

One of the best hotels in Iceland, Ranga is an Icelandic institution; this hotel is an ideal base to explore Icelandic highlands, glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, fishing villages, magnificent waterfalls, hot springs, cultural centres, historic places, nature preserves and much more

Where to go in South Iceland

Vatnajokull National Park

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

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…


The small town of Hella has earned its popularity because of its proximity to the beautiful highland foothills. This is the perfect place to stay for those looking to explore these isolated highlands. Beware though, there's very little accommodation.

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