South Iceland Guide
Gulfoss waterfall, Iceland's biggest sight.
South Iceland Attractions
The country's most popular region for tourism containing its most famous attractions in what is widely known as the 'Golden Triangle', and conveniently situated near to Reykjavik.
Gullfoss - a famous waterfall north of Skalholt of 35m which drops into a one mile long canyon below. Nearby is a pretty area around the gorge of Bruarhlod on the Hvita River.
Great Geysir and Strokkur 'Butter Churn ' - Geysir used to spout off regularly but following an earthquake it now has less predictable outbursts and is of little interest. The nearby 'Stukkar' geyser has taken over the tourist entertainment role, spewing forth great quantities of water up to sixty feet in the air every few minutes.
Gufudalur 'Steam Valley' - north of Hveragerdi has a lot of geothermal activity including Gryla geysir.
'Hot Springs Garden' - a very touristy town which has a small geysir and geothermal area
plus a large greenhouse called 'Eden' with tropical plants in it.
Hekla 'Hooded' Volcano - the most revered volcano in Iceland gets its name from the cloud which tends to hang around it superb cone.
(Thorsmork) 'Thor Woods' - unusually arboreal for Iceland, this is a beautiful valley with
trees and other flora, popular with locals as well as foreign tourists
so it gets busy.
National Park and surrounds - an area of both great beauty and history - it was
the site of the old Icelandic Parliament.
Skalholt - if you like classical music the town holds a festival during the summer and there is a mosaic in the local church worth seeing.
Skogafoss - a very photogenic waterfall which sprays in such a way that it often creates a rainbow.
Island - the 'Galapagos of the North' are a group of fifteen young islands
including Surtsey which popped up in 1963.