Top 10 most beautiful places in South Iceland

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…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.



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