Things to do on the South Coast of Iceland

The South Coast of Iceland is one of the most beautiful places in the country, with breathtaking landscapes, volcanic black sand beaches, waterfalls, and geysers.

Whether you’re an adventurer at heart or have a detailed itinerary for your trip, taking a road trip to these popular destinations can be a breeze.

Keep reading to discover the best things to do when visiting the South of Iceland and make memories of a lifetime.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is one of the most popular things to do in South Iceland. It’s such a unique waterfall because you can walk behind it and see the water falling from a great height (200 feet) right in front of you.

To get there by car, you need to take the right exit off Route 1 (Ring Road) on Iceland’s South Coast. Once you get there, you can park your car and take a short walk to the waterfall from the parking lot.

Þingvellir national park in Iceland

Þingvellir National Park

One of the main things to add to your South Iceland itinerary is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with deep historic meaning. This was the site of Europe’s oldest parliament which took place from 930 to 1798.

It lies between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and the road transition from one end to the other can be a little steep, so rent a car that can handle this terrain.

geyser Strokkur

Golden Circle

If you’re visiting Iceland for the first time, the Golden Circle is one of the top destinations you shouldn’t miss. This is where you’ll see the world’s biggest geyser, the Great Geyser. Since this geyser is inactive at the moment, your next best option is the Strokkur geyser.

This one is active and can spout water as high as 100 feet into the air. You can see this once-in-a-lifetime attraction every couple of minutes, so make sure your camera is ready! You can get to the Golden Circle easily by car from Reykjavik.  

Diamond Beach in Iceland

Diamond Beach

Want to see real-life natural ice diamonds? Take a road trip to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in South Iceland to a place called Diamond Beach. Here, massive blocks of ice travel through the water until they’re small enough to be washed ashore. Once they do, they form beautiful clear crystals of ice that look like real diamonds against the black beach sand.  

Plan Your Next Trip to the South Coast of Iceland With Us Today

Whether this is your first time in Iceland or you’re coming back to visit again, exploring the South Coast of Iceland deserves to be high on your itinerary list.

From the stunning waterfalls to the unique national parks and glaciers, South Iceland is a sight to behold and keep in your memories forever.

Start planning your next South Iceland trip and explore this beautiful part of the country at your own pace. At Geysir Car Rental Iceland, we have a rental car for all your road trip needs. Learn more about our cars here and book yours today.