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Southwest Iceland

Visit Southwest Iceland

Introduction

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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Iceland and Greenland Explorer

15-day stay & cruise from £8,500 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Depart Iceland’s coastal capital and set sail on this Greenlandic adventure. Days at sea give plenty of time for identifying seabirds and whale-spotting, while Zodiac® cruises allow you to experience the vast glaciers and ice floes first hand.

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Top itineraries in Southwest Iceland

North Iceland Odyssey

6-day tailor-made journey

Embark on an odyssey with this six day itinerary, visiting the famous Blue Lagoon, spotting whales, sinking into hot springs, absorbing the cities and admiring the landscapes of the less crowded Northern Iceland.

Journey Around Iceland

8-day Escorted tour from £2,210 pp incl. flights

Explore vibrant cities, glaciers, lagoons and volcanic landscapes on this seven-day escorted tour around Iceland.

Northern Lights Academy

8-day itinerary

Iceland is a remarkable country, jam-packed full of geological wonders and some of the most spectacular and varied scenery anywhere in the world.

Iceland's Northern Lights & Winter Wonders

5-day escorted tour from £960 pp incl. flights

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.

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Top places to stay in Southwest Iceland

Hotel Katla, Vik

Traditional hotel

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.

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Traditional hotel

Reykjavík is a wonderful city to start off your Icelandic adventure, and the centrally-located (and aptly named) Centrum gets you right into the heart of the fun

Hotel Frón, Reykjavik

Accommodation

Hotel Frón is a modern and friendly hotel situated in the heart of Reykjavik on the main shopping street, Laugavegur. From its bright blue façade to its exposed bricks and beams and contemporary artworks, the hotel is a real mix of modern and traditional. The result is a friendly, homely place with…

Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel, Iceland

Contemporary hotel

To escape the crowds at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, book into this award-winning design hotel with its own private geothermal lagoon.

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Where to go in Southwest Iceland

Reykjavik

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.

Blue Lagoon

Located in the shadow of the Svartsengi geothermal power station, the steaming waters of the Blue Lagoon have transformed this plant's mineral-rich overspill into one of the most iconic health retreats in the world.

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