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: //thelavatunnel.is/

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!

Easter special and opening hours

Looking to enjoy fresh seafood with stunning views over Easter?

Easter opening hours:

  • Maundy Thursday 29. March – 12:00-19:00
  • Good Friday 30. March – 12:00-21:00
  • Holy Saturday 31. March – 12:00-21:00
  • Easter Sunday 1. April – 12:00-21:00
  • Easter Monday 2. April – 12:00-19:00

Easter special:

  • Choice of main course:
    • Fresh local cod filet with sweet potato purée and salad
    • or
    • Chicken tomato pasta with Icelandic chicken breast and Parmesan cheese
  • Choice of our of our homemade cakes with fresh whipped cream for dessert
  • 3.600 kr

Our full menu is also available, including langoustine tails, beef tenderloin steak, vegan options, and more.

We look forward to welcoming you. Happy Easter!

Now open later

Dear guests, we are now open until 19:00 so you can enjoy the sunset over the ocean. Come and enjoy a delicious meal or cake and coffee as the sun sets over the black sand beach and the Blue Sea.

Wife’s Day Special this weekend

Celebrate Wife’s Day/Women’s Day with a special meal at Hafið Bláa.

Instead of Valentine’s Day, Icelanders have traditionally celebrated Husband’s Day (Bóndadagur) in January and Wife’s Day (Konudagur) in February. Konudagur is Sunday 18. February.

In addition to our normal menu, we are also offering a special prix fixe menu (set menu) all weekend long:

  • Seafood soup with locally-sources seafood and vegetables
  • Beef tenderloin steak with pepper sauce, served with sweet potatoes and salad
  • French chocolate cake with ice cream and berries
  • 6.900 kr per person

The offer lasts until 18. February 2018.

Reserve a table online or call us at +354 483-1000.

Spring opening hours

We are back from our winter break! Hafið Bláa is now open Thursday-Monday 12:00-18:00 (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

Outside these hours, we are open for groups. In summer, we are open every day until 21:00.

Weddings, Incentives, Special Events

Looking to wow at your next event?

Hafið Bláa offers a unique location for:

  • Gala dinners
  • VIP groups
  • Weddings
  • Special events

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At Hafið Bláa, we offer everything from standing receptions to buffet meals to multi-course gala dinners.

Enjoy stunning panoramic views with your meal—some say the best in Iceland!

Our menu focuses on fresh local ingredients, especially seafood, prepared to perfection. Guests also have access to the black sand beach for recreation, receptions, wedding ceremonies, team-building exercises, and more.

Hafið Bláa can accommodate up to 100 guests seated or 150 for a standing reception.

Two-course meals from 3.600 kr, three courses 5.800-8.800 kr. Contact us for coffee or meal buffet or canapé ideas and prices.

Our restaurant is located 40 minutes’ driving from Reykjavík, 50 minutes from the Blue Lagoon, and 15 minutes from Selfoss.

Contact us for more information or call +354 483-1000.

Closed for winter

Dear guests, Hafið Bláa is now closed for the winter. We will re-open on 15. February 2018.

The restaurant is open for special events, groups, and northern lights tours by special arrangement. Contact us if you would like to organize a visit.

Happy holidays!

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.