South Coast of Iceland

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South Coast of Iceland

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Golden Circle

One of the most popular drive in Iceland as it is close to Reykjavik and doable in one day - although one could easily spend several days alone exploring this incredible sights. Here are a few articles, experiences and points of interest we recommend you checking out while planning your trip.

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All You Need to Know about the Golden Circle
Hilmar Þór:Great overview article about the Golden Circle to plan your road trip.
Image - The Golden Circle: 4 Ideal Stops on the Way
The Golden Circle: 4 Ideal Stops on the Way
Hilmar Þór:Good article from a local with a few recommended stops on your way.
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Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
Hilmar Þór:Most people don't envision snorkeling in the cold waters in Iceland! However, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for outdoor adventurers
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Gullfoss Falls
Hilmar Þór:The best known waterfall in Iceland and for a good reason!
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Hilmar Þór:Incredible geothermal area with geysers
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Thingvellir National Park
Hilmar Þór:The valley between the American and Eurasian continental plates.
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The Execution Trail in Thingvellir National Park
Hilmar Þór:Great hiking trail in Thingvellir
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Just a few of the most spectacular waterfalls you might want to stop by at during your drive around the south coast.

Image - Skógafoss
Image - Gljúfrabúi

Hot Springs

Iceland is well known for its spectacular natural hot springs, some of which have been modernized while others are still entirely natural and off the grid. Here are a few great ones which are accessible in South of Iceland.

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The Reykjadalur Hot Spring Hike on Your Own
Hilmar Þór:A local's guide on how to hike to the popular Reykjadalur hot spring on your own.
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All of Iceland's largest glaciers are located on or near the South Coast. North of Gullfoss, you will find the northeastern edge of Langjokull and on southernmost part of Iceland you will encounter Eyjafjallajokull, Myrdalsjokull and all of their outlet glaciers. Vatnajokull is in the southeast.

Points of Interest

These are some of our favorite stops along the South Coast.

Image - Reynisdrangar
Image - Fjaðrárgljúfur
Fjaðrárgljúfur: A Gorgeous Canyon Made Famous by Justin Bieber
Hilmar Þór:This canyon is unfortunately currently closed to preserve its nature.
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Local Restaurants

We have collected a few small local and cozy restaurants we recommend along the Southern coast.

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  1. Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
  2. Gullfoss Falls
  3. Geysir
  4. Thingvellir National Park
  5. Gullfoss Falls
  6. Seljalandsfoss
  7. Skógafoss
  8. Gljúfrabúi
  9. Secret Lagoon Hot Spring
  10. Laugarvatn Fontana
  11. Hrunalaug
  12. Sólheimajökull
  13. Mýrdalsjökull
  14. Langjökull
  15. Reynisdrangar
  16. Solheimasandur Plane Wreck
  17. Dyrhólaey
  18. Efstidalur II - Kaffihús/ísbúð
  19. Midgard Base Camp & Restaurant
  20. Tryggvaskáli
  21. Restaurant Geysir Glima
  22. Restaurant Sudur Vik
  23. Fjorubordid Restaurant
  24. Systrakaffi
  25. Minilik Restaurant

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