The South is Iceland’s most travelled region and it’s easy to see why, with its active volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, Europe’s largest glacier and the trio of natural wonders which make up the Golden Circle. Embark on a Golden Circle tour and discover the mysterious landscape of Geysir; meander through the geothermal field past bubbling hot pools and fumaroles to the iconic Strokkur geyser which erupts 20 metres into the sky every ten minutes. Close to Vík – Iceland’s southernmost village – Dyrhólaey is an attractive promontory created during a submarine volcanic eruption some eighty thousand years ago.
Beyond the black sand beaches, the pounding Atlantic has eroded 100 metre-high lava cliffs into uniquely-shaped rock pillars which are a haven for puffins and guillemots as well as basking seals. Covering around 8% of the country’s surface, it’s hard to miss the immense Vatnajökull Glacier which dominates the south west landscape. The majority of the southern rim now forms part of Skaftafell National Park, an unmissable land of contrasts from endless flat sandy plains to soaring volcanoes. The highlight of the region is Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, a natural wonderland where chunks of glacial ice tumble into the lake creating a visual spectacle of gigantic icebergs floating in the blue waters.