Hiking in Þjórsárdalur valley close to the volcano Hekla
Vatnajökull National Park encompasses Skaftafell with magnificent views on the glacier in the south-east and Jökulsárgljúfur in the north as well as all of the Vatnajökull glacier, including Iceland‘s highest peak Hvannadalshnjúkur. In its vicinity, one can find stunningly beautiful hiking areas.
More hiking areas include the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar, with the famous hiking track Laugavegur, leading to the green valleys of Þórsmörk and onwards to Skógar by the coast. They all have their special perks and a big selection of hiking trails for every difficulty level.
Island Hopping: the Westman Islands
On top of Heimaey's own volcano Eldfell that erupted in 1973
The Westman Islands consist of 15 islands but Heimaey is the only inhabited one and reachable either by a 35-40 minutes long ferry ride from Landeyjahöfn or a short flight from Reykjavík. The Westman Islands are home to the largest puffin colony in the world, a beluga sanctuary, an oceanarium as well as an impressive museum about the volcanic eruption of Eldfell in 1963, which led to the evacuation of the entire island Heimaey.
Only accessible by special scientific permission is Iceland’s newest island Surtsey, a UNESCO World heritage, 18 km southwest of Heimaey. Since its “birth” in 1963, it has been a unique research territory for the development of flora and fauna on new land.
Volcanoes play a vital role in Iceland's past and present
The South is rich in history and culture. Events from the Sagas are remembered in many ways along the coast, and several museums in the area celebrate Icelandic customs and heritage.
Viking age longhouses, scientific exhibitions about volcanoes, earthquakes, and Icelandic wildlife, museums about famous artists and writers from the past will cross your paths in the South. Dive into history and find your favorite exhibition
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