3 Best Things to do in South Iceland
Tip #1: Drive Route 1
Saeli says: “It’s a constantly changing landscape – you have the black sand beaches, the glaciers, the mountains, the waterfalls. And for me, there’s also the history. How the local people used to go down to the black sand beaches to fish, how they farmed – how they have survived eruptions. That’s what brings it alive for me.”
More details: Route 1, also known as the ring road, goes all the way around Iceland – and driving it is one of our Top 10 experiences in Iceland. Highlights of the south coast section include the famous Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon. But along the way you can take excursions up onto glaciers, hike upstream, or take a ferry over to the Westmann Islands, and much more besides.
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Tip #2: Take your time
Saeli says: “You have room to breathe in Iceland. My nearest neighbour lives 1.6 kilometres away; when I go out of my front door, there’s a waterfall. Here in London, it’s different. It takes two, three days to get used to the difference.”
More details: There’s much more to Iceland than its capital Reykjavik, and we always recommend getting out and seeing the real Iceland. Stay in countryside hotels and guesthouses and try fresh local produce, use local guides for excursions, and stop often to savour the fresh air and impressive scenery.
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Tip #3: Visit Thorsmork
Saeli says: “If there’s one place in particular to go, it’s Thorsmork. It’s so raw, untouched – it’s a landscape under construction. Superjeep is really the only way to get there. You don’t just park your car in the carpark and walk for five minutes, but that’s one of the best things about it – you have to work for it.”
More details: Thorsmork is a favourite of our team of Iceland Specialists too! You can read Eric’s account of driving through Thorsmork en route to Eyjafjallajokull glacier to get a sense of this incredible place.