Top 10 most beautiful places in South Iceland

…located less then 100 km from Eyrarbakki, which are not the Golden Circle.

Eyrarbakki is a friendly village situated by the sea, not so far from Keflavík Airport, what makes it a great place to stay for a couple of days to explore the nature of Iceland! We would like to show you some places which are not that popular like the Golden Circle, but it makes them even more special and, of course, less crowded. They are perfect for a day trip from Eyrarbakki.

1. Waterfall Háifoss 96 km

The real beauty – Háifoss is the forth highest waterfall in Iceland, falling        122 m.

Our tip: Not everybody knows that you can see this waterfall also from the bottom, just follow the path downhill.

2. Geothermal area Krýsuvík 55 km

A very varied area where you can discover a lot of steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs, with a breathtaking and colorful surrounding area.

3. Krýsuvíkurberg Cliffs 53 km

A marvellous 15 km wide and 40 m high sea cliffs where you can see a thousands of seabirds.

Our tip: The cliffs are accessible by 4×4 vehicles but you can also park a car on a parking lot next to the road and walk there.

4. Reykjadalur Hot Springs 29 km

Reykjadalur is a spectacular valley in the mountains. To get to the hot spring you need to hike 3 km what takes about 45-60 minutes, but the bath in the hot river will definitely make it up to you.

The hot river in the middle of the night

Our tip: You can find the best temperature for you in the hot spring by going up, to get warmer water, or down the river, to get colder water.

Reykjadalur during the winter

5. Westman Islands 90 km to the ferry

A perfect place for hiking, climbing, and to see puffins! The ferry takes only about 30 minutes and costs 1 380 isk. Learn more about Westman Islands here.

Our tip: The best place to see puffins is Stórhöfði. If you are lucky you will get to see dolphins and seals as well!

6. Waterfalls Seljalandsfoss & Gljúfrabúi 82 km

Seljalandsfoss  is a very popular waterfall where a path leads you befind the waterfall, but we definitely recommend checking Gljúfrabúi as well, which is just 1 km from Seljalandsfoss.

7. Gunnuhver Hot Springs 90 km

Gunnuhver is an active geothermal area with a mud pools and steam vents on the southwest part of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Nearby you can see Reykjanes Lighthouse and Valahnúkamöl boulder ridge, is Valahnúkamöl boulder ridge, composed of 1-3 feet thick well rounded stones.

8. Raufarhólshellir and Arnarker Lava Tunnel

Learn more about those places from our blog post – Staff trip to Raufarhólshellir!

9. Brúarfoss Waterfall 65 km

Outstanding waterfall, called “Icelandic’s Bluest Waterfall”. Little gem hidden away provides a beautiful scenery every season.

Our tip: Follow down the river to discover a picturesque landscape and more waterfalls, like this one below!

10. Hafið Bláa restaurant 5 km

And last but not least – Hafið Bláa offers up spectacular panoramic views of the sea, mountain and the river. On a clear day you can see at least four active volcanoes, including Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla, and out to the Westman Islands. During the summer the restaurant is surrounded by lupine fields, and during the winter it’s a great spot to see the Northern Lights.



Now open daily!

The summer is finally here so starting today we are open from 12:00 to 21:00 every day! We prepared for you some surprises in the dessert menu so please stay in touch with us to see what we offer. You will find us on Facebook and Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming you. See you soon!

Staff trip to the lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir

The other day we went for a secret trip – nobody knew where we are going! We were told to bring a sturdy shoes, a sweater and be ready for an adventure! After not so long ride we arrived to a parking lot by the lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir.

From about one year the tunnel is accessible via guided tours only. I’ve been there twice 2 years ago exploring the tunnel all by myself and I was quite sure nothing is gonna surprise me this time! I could not be more wrong. I was there during the summer time, and during the winter the tunnel changes into a fairy tale with thousands of icicles! Add to this a great illumination and well-prepared guide who tell you everything you need to know about the place, and it no longer looks like a place where I’ve been before.

During the summer:

During the winter:

The Standard Lava Tunnel Tour lasts about an hour and the ticket is 6.400 kr. Visit their website to learn more:

If you plan exploring the lava tunnel during the summer (when you don’t need other equipment than a sturdy shoes and a flashlight), you may want to consider going to Arnarker cave, which is only 10 km from Raufarhólshellir and is free to visit.

Entrance to Arnarker cave:

Colours of Arnarker:

The lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir is located just 14 km from Hafið Bláa, and Arnarker – 20 km. If you are interested to see the beautiful icicles – hurry up, summer is coming!

We would be happy to tell you about other interesting places nearby when you visit us!

Winter opening hours

On Thursday, our winter opening hours went into effect. The days are getting shorter, the darkness is coming sooner, and there are fewer hours in the day to enjoy our wonderful view. So we are closing earlier as well. We are open 12:30-18:00 Thursday-Monday, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are, however, always open for groups and special events. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to eat or stop with a northern lights tour to offer coffee and baked goods to your guests.

Opening 23. February!

Dear guests, Hafið Bláa will be opening again on Thursday, 23. February. We will be open 5 days a week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), offering up fantastic views of the sea and volcanoes with your meal or coffee. Our specialties are seafood, including fish and langoustine/lobster, and homemade cakes. New in February, we are also offering BBQ ribs! We look forward to welcoming you.

Closed for the season

Dear guests, Hafið Bláa will be closed from 26 November-22 February for winter. During this period, we will be open for groups only and by special arrangement. We will re-open with normal hours on 23 February. Happy holidays!

New opening hours

Summer is over, which means northern lights season is upon us!

It also means new opening hours. Starting 1. October, we will be open 12:30-17:00 Monday and Thursday and 12:30-21:00 Friday-Sunday. If you’d like to come outside these hours with a group, feel free to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Now open!

We are now open! Our opening hours at 11:00-21:00 daily. The restaurant has been closed since January of this year and has re-opened under new management. The management team also runs Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’-winning Rauða Húsið in Eyrarbakki. We are excited to share this beautiful spot and our excellent food with you!

Grand Re-Opening 1. May

Hafið Bláa will reopen under new management on 1. May. We offer the same spectacular views with a brand-new menu. Stay tuned for more!