Iceland's South Coast: Top 10 Sights - Hotel Rangá


Skógafoss waterfall in south Iceland.

Iceland’s South Coast: Top 10 Sights

Iceland's south coast is one of the most beautiful regions of our country. The area features incredible waterfalls, amazing black sand beaches and unique rock formations. A drive down this stunning route is highly recommended while staying at Hotel Rangá. Here you can find our top 10 sights along Iceland's south coast.
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gluggafoss waterfall in fljótslid
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1. Fljótshlíð

Only 20 minutes from Hotel Rangá, the beautiful Fljótshlíð valley is worth a visit. Drive to see Gluggafoss, a stunning waterfall that pours through crevices in between rocks and features both an upper and lower falls. Then go for a quick but steep hike up Stóra Dímon, a nearby hill that features fantastic 360° views.

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2. Seljalandsfoss

Located only 25 minutes from Hotel Rangá, this dramatic waterfall cascades over a 65 m cliff flanked by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano glacier. In the summer months, visitors are able to follow a path behind the falls and witness a truly unique perspective.

Gljúfrabúi waterfall south iceland
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3. Gljúfrábúi

When visiting Seljalandsfoss don’t forget to see its neighboring waterfall, Gljúfrábúi. Partially hidden by a cliff, catching a glimpse of the falls requires visitors to wade through a small stream. Once inside, you will be rewarded by an astounding sight. Be sure to wear sturdy, waterproof shoes if you want to take a closer look.

4. Westman Islands

One of the best kept secrets in Iceland, the Westman Islands are a short 30 minute ferry ride away. The islands’ craggy cliffs offer fantastic views and are a summertime home to a large puffin colony. Visitors can also climb to the top of Eldfell, a volcanic cone that formed in after an eruption in 1973.

Skógafoss waterfall south Iceland
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5. Skógafoss

The mighty Skógafoss waterfall is situated on Iceland’s south coast, approximately 40 minutes from Hotel Rangá. Steps lead to an observation platform directly above the falls, allowing visitors to witness the water’s power up close and see beautiful views of the coast.

skogar museum south Iceland

6. Skógar Museum

After visiting Skógafoss, why not visit the Skógar Museum located in the nearby town of Skógar. The museum features a cultural heritage collection of 18,000 regional folk craft artifacts and an Open Air Museum with various examples of traditional Icelandic architecture including a turf farmhouse.

Kvernufoss waterfall south Iceland
Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir

7. Kvernufoss

Kvernufoss is a hidden waterfall just minutes from the Skógar Museum. To get there, you follow the path starting behind the museum. After climbing over a few steps to cross a fence, follow the path to the left to enter Kvernugil gorge. Kvernufoss waterfall is located at the end of the gorge. In the summer, you can walk behind this hidden gem.

Hiking in Iceland
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8. Dyrhólaey

As you drive down the coast towards Vík make sure to top at Dyrhólaey, a beautiful promontory that is the southernmost point of Iceland. From atop the peninsula, you will have access to amazing views of the Icelandic coastline. Dyrhólaey is also an important bird nesting site and summertime visitors are likely to see puffins.

Reynisfjara black sand beach
Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir

9. Reynisfjara

One of the most mesmerizing landmarks of the South Coast, Reynisfjara is a black sand beach located just outside the town of Vík. The cliffs along the beach are made of incredible basalt columns worn into regular steps by the ocean waves. When visiting the beach, it is important to be careful due to strong and unpredictable waves.

Vík village south Iceland
Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir

10. Vík

Vík is a small town on Iceland’s south coast, only about 80 minutes from Hotel Rangá. While well-known for its proximity to Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey, Vík is also beautiful in its own right. You can walk from the town to the beach and see some lovely ocean views. The town also has several restaurants, a swimming pool, a brewery and a beautiful country church.

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