Travel eye candy: South Iceland in pictures

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Feast your eyes on the stunning sights of South Iceland.

Iceland’s landscape is unmatched — miles of farmland and rough but flat volcanic terrain, punctuated by spectacular mountains resting along the horizon. One look at this European country will tell you why it was chosen as a backdrop for everything from “Game of Thrones” to “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

The colder months bring short daylight hours to Iceland (only about 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in November), but what you’ll see in the light (and the dark, for that matter) will astound you: waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, hot springs, plenty of farm animals and, if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights. Even better? You can fly from the East Coast of the U.S. to Iceland (the country’s main airport is Keflavik International Airport located outside Reykjavik) in about five or six hours depending on your departure city.

South Iceland features a series of popular tourist destinations situated along a 190-mile route often called The Golden Circle. The sights here are beloved for a reason: From the black-sand beaches of Vík to aerial views of Reykjavik — the most northern capital in the world — this area of the country serves up some of the best travel eye candy around. Enjoy!

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The Blue Lagoon
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The Blue Lagoon, complete with a swim-up bar.
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Dusk in Hella, Iceland.
The sun rises in Hella, Iceland.
The sun rises in Hella, Iceland.
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Seljalandsfoss from afar.
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Seljalandsfoss — look closely to see the person sightseeing on the left!
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The power of Seljalandsfoss.
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Looking out at Eyjafjallajökul — a glacier capped by a volcano, which erupted in 2010.
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The Eyjafjallajökul visitors’ center.
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Skógafoss, a history.
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Skógafoss from afar.
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At the top of Skógafoss, looking out on to the mountains above.
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Beautiful South Iceland.
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The stairs leading up to the top of Skógafoss.
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View from the top of Skógafoss.
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Icelandic horses — the only horses that have five gaits, including their signature gait, the tolt.
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Riding in South Iceland.
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Geysir, the geyser after which all other geysers have been named.
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Geysir in the distance.
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The sign for Strokkur, a smaller geyser situated near Geysir.
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Strokkur, a geyser that regularly erupts every several minutes.
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A closer view of Gullfoss
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Gullfoss panorama.
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The stunning, snow-capped mountains of South Iceland.
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The Northern Lights — one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.
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The Northern Lights
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The Northern Lights in Hella, Iceland.
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The coast of Vík, Iceland’s southernmost village.
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A Vík panorama.
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Vík’s black-sand beaches and the Reynisdrangar rock formations in the distance.
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A city street in Reykjavik’s 101 district, with Hallgrímskirkja in the distance.
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Cozy cafe Babalu in Reykjavik.
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The view from the top of Hallgrímskirkja with Reykjavik’s colorful buildings below.
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The menu at Snaps, a popular Reykjavik restaurant.
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A vendor at the Kolaportid flea market in Reykjavik.
Inside The Laundromat, a quirky, popular bar-restaurant in Reykjavik.
Inside The Laundromat, a quirky, popular bar-restaurant in Reykjavik.
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Looking up at Hallgrímskirkja.
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Hallgrímskirkja’s famous organ, which has 5,275 pipes, stands about 50 feet tall and weighs 25 tons.
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A statue of Leifur Eiriksson — a gift from the U.S. — stands outside Hallgrímskirkja.
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Eiriksson was reportedly the first European to discover the U.S.
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Inscription on the statue of Leifur Eiriksson.
Baejarins Beztu hot dog stand in Reykjavik -- one of our "Top 10 hot dog hot spots!"
Baejarins Beztu hot dog stand in Reykjavik — one of our “Top 10 hot dog hot spots!”
November snow in Reykjavik.
November snow in Reykjavik.

(All images by Melisse Hinkle)

Travel eye candy: South Iceland in pictures was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Melisse Hinkle
Author: Melisse Hinkle (271 posts)

A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has traveled throughout North America, biked through rice paddies in Bali, seen the Northern Lights in Iceland, walked alongside llamas in Machu Picchu and made her way around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Head of Content and Social Media for North America at Cheapflights.