You can read about our entire Iceland journey here.
Top Things to do in Southern Iceland
Seljalandsfoss is an awesome waterfall along the Ring Road in southern Iceland. You can walk around the entire waterfall, which was a fun experience, and a great way to capture photos at different angles of the waterfall. Hiding right next door to Seljalandsfoss is Gljúfrabúi, a small and hidden waterfall within a canyon, giving it a mystical feel.
Tips: Be sure to pack and bring full rain gear (jacket, pants, and boots) so you can walk around the entire waterfall; you will get wet! You need to pay for parking in the parking lot.
Located on the Skóga river, Skógafoss is another waterfall in southern Iceland along the Ring Road, at the cliffs of the former coastline of Iceland (volcanic activity has pushed the coastline futher out). The waterfall height is about 200 feet/60 meters and is about 50 feet/15 meters wide, making it one of the largest in Iceland.
Tips: Walk up the countless stairs to get an awesome view from the top, including where the waterfall begins and a view over the southern coastline.
Sólheimajökull is a massive glacier in southern Iceland between two volcanoes: Katla and Eijafjallajökkull. You can access this glacier right off the Ring Road, and walk right up to the glacier. The size and scale of the glacier are just breathtaking.
Tips: You can book various tours to hike on the glacier. Book in advance.
Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey
Dyrhólaey is a small and rocky peninsula offering beautiful ocean views with a small lighthouse and a notable volcanic rock arch. Adjacent to Dyrhólaey is Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with numerous interlocking basalt columns, likely resulting from a volcanic fissure eruption (similar to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway). Hálsanefshellir Cave is also located here.
Tips: Keep an eye out for puffins on Dyrhólaey! There is also a walk you can do for scenic views of both areas; just Google “Viewpoint of Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey”. You can also access a part of the black sand beach from Vik.
Located on a black sand beach that literally feels endless is Hjörleifshöfði Cave. The cave is accessed from the Ring Road a little ways east of Vik. On a cloudy day, it looks like a scene from another planet!
Tips: You probably shouldn't attempt to visit without a 4x4 or AWD vehicle; the road is mostly dirt and rock.
This winding river canyon dating back 2 million years was on our list to see, but the road was not yet open for vehicles when we visited in mid-April. Highly recommend visiting this deep canyon in the summer for beautiful panoramic views.
Food and Lodging in Southern Iceland
Restaurant Sudur Vik
Located in an old beautiful home, Restaurant Sudur Vik is a cozy restaurant in Vik with a simple and hearty menu offering great views over Vik and the coast. You must try the Skyr Cake!
Black Beach Suites
The suites at Black Beach Suites are spacious and upgraded, and each one-bedroom suite has a private patio with great views facing the ocean to the south. This was a great hotel to stay at close to Vik, and the viewpoint of Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey.