NAT: Around Iceland

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South Iceland

Area 24,256 km2 (9,365 sq mi)
Population (2007) 23,311
Density 1/km2 (3/sq mi)

The southern region is probably the most visited region in Iceland, with numerous waterfalls and impressive glaciers that attract thousands of tourists each year.

The towns in the southern region are Hveragerdi, Eyrarbakki, Stokkseyri, Thorlakshofn, Selfoss, Hella, Hvolsvollur, Vestmannaeyjar, Vik and Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Selfoss is the largest town in the south.

Some of the most famous attractions in the south include the Golden Circle (Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall), Landmannalaugar, a mountainous area rich in minerals, Vatnajokull glacier, the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Iceland, and one of the largest in area in Europe, Thorsmork valley, Eyjafjnallajokull glacier, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogafoss waterfall and Reynisfjara black sand beach.

From Landeyjahofn harbor you can take a ferry to the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), known for it’s 1973 volcanic eruption that destroyed part of the town Vestmannaeyjar.

Photo Credit: Íslandsstofa

in South Iceland