Visit Southwest Iceland
One of the smallest regions in Iceland, the Southwest is also one of the most populated and is home to the capital city Reykjavik. This is a landscape pockmarked by signs of its geothermal past; the vast solidified lava flows that dominate this area create a flat ashen landscape and hint at the tumultuous events that created them.
The airport at Keflavik is the gateway to Iceland, making the southwest most people's introduction to Iceland. The hotels and cuisine in Reykjavik are superb whilst the charming streets fill with revellers embracing the vibrant nightlife here. Visitors are also lured here by the prospect of sinking into the tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon. After a few nights, visitors tend to move on to the southern coastal regions, or the highlands further north.
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This spectacular itinerary sees you discover Iceland's epic beauty as well as much-unexplored Greenland onboard the luxury Silversea Silver Cloud Expedition where you'll enjoy all-inclusive fine dining, opulent bars, a pool deck, hot tubs and a luxury spa.
Top itineraries in Southwest 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 is deservedly known for its dramatic landscapes and abundance of geological wonders. This five-day tailor-made self-drive tour combines a two-night stay in Iceland's charming capital Reykjavik with two-nights at Ion Hotel.
Combine the colourful city of Reykjavik with the Iceberg town of Ilulissat in Greenland. The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in addition due to the town's location north of the Arctic Circle it’s a fantastic place to look for the Northern lights.
Top places to stay in Southwest Iceland
Located within easy reach of all of Reykjavik’s popular sites and city centre, the Hotel Skuggi offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant and an abundance of excursions and tours in the surrounding area.
An ideal option for those taking a road trip along Iceland’s spectacular south coast, with outdoor hot tubs and a delicious on-site restaurant.
To escape the crowds at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, book into this award-winning design hotel with its own private geothermal lagoon.
Where to go in Southwest Iceland
Reykjavik is a capital city with the feel of a small town. Brightly painted houses of corrugated iron dominate the city skyline and skyscrapers are virtually unheard of here. The buildings cluster around the Tjornin Lake, a spot that's at once tranquil and the bustling heart of the city.
Southwest Iceland articles
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