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Best of South Iceland August 15-22

By Staff

  • One of a Kind The Westman Islands offer some of the most breathtaking views in all of Iceland and give visitors the opportunity to explore a volcano that erupted 40 years ago. Photo courtesy of visitwestmanislands.com

This is the South Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.

 

The Westman Islands
Experience Iceland with a day-trip to the Westman Islands. Only accessible by flight or a 30 minutes boat trip, the Westman Islands will offer you a change from your daily life, and allow you to see a different side of Iceland. The town is home to around 5,000 people, primarily made up of employees connected to the fishing industry. Visitors entering the harbor have the opportunity to see odd volcanic structures that you just can't see anywhere else in the world. Once on the island, there is plenty to do. In addition to admiring the amazing scenery, you can visitor the The Eldheimar Volcano Museum to see some of the amazing history of the island, largely influenced by the eruption of its volcano 40 years ago. The Westman Islands is also a great place to see everyone's favorite bird, the puffin!

Árnes Camp Site
If you are in need of getting in touch with your "outdoorsy" side, enjoy a great camp site atmosphere at Arnes. About an hour drive from the capital city of Reykjavik, The camping ground is located right next to the Kálfá river. Additionally, the site is set up adjacent to the Þjórsárdalur valley where  you find many natural wonders, historic sites and diverse nature. From an ammenities standpoint, the camp site has a spacious green flat with 36 electrical connectors. Also, there are a good side areas including a flat right by the pool, which can accommodates smaller groups. Toilets, showers and washing machines are also available.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Located about 65 km. from Skaftafell, abd 370 km. east of Reykjavik, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a sight to behold for visitors hoping to see floating ice in Iceland. You can explore the lagoon in one of the boat tours offered in the area. The distinct blue-green color of the lagoon provides a stark contrast to the floating blocks of white ice that have broken off the glacier and are floating around the lagoon. This natural wonder of Iceland is something that is worth making the trip to see!

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