The South Coast of Iceland, spanning from just outside the capital city of Reykjavik to Jökulsárlón, is easily drivable along the Ring Road highway (Route 1). The beginning of the route is easily accessible from both the international airport in Keflavik and the domestic airport in Reykjavik, or via downtown Reykjavik, with a 45 minute drive.

You’ll want to take your time exploring the region’s dramatic landscapes. Although there are highlights that are very popular amongst visitors, opportunities abound for off the beaten path stops and adventures along the entire region. Countless waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic landscape, ice caves, glacier lagoons, and fishing villages are just some of the wonders to look forward to encountering. 

Check out this 8-day itinerary for Southern Iceland to explore volcanoes, lagoons, glaciers, and hiking trails, and the Ultimate Guide to the South Coast for even more ideas.

From Keflavik and the Reykjanesbær

Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour 

After landing at Iceland's international airport and picking up a car rental, travelers will embark on Route 41 towards the Ring Road (Route 1). The south coast region begins shortly after reaching the Ring Road, near the town of Hveragerði. Many tours depart right from the airport with options for full day or multi-day itineraries and cover many of the highlights of the south coast.

Find out more about traveling from Keflavik.

From Reykjavik

Duration: 45 minutes - 1 hour

For travelers in the capital city of Reykjavik looking to explore the south coast, self-driving is the most popular option for flexibility purposes. It is possible to join a group tour for the day or multi-day itineraries to venture some or all of the south coast. Taking bus line 52 from the Mjodd station just outside of Reykjavik is also an option for people interested in traveling to villages like Hella, and Vik. It's a straight ride (with a few stops) to Hella. To get to Mjodd from downtown, you can either take a taxi or the 3 bus line from Ráðhúsið, which takes about 20 minutes. Drivers will just hop on the Ring Road (Route 1), traveling south towards the coast where many natural attractions await. 

Find out more about traveling from Reykjavik to Hella, Vik, and Kirkjubæjarklaustur; all villages on the south coast.

From the Golden Circle

Duration: 1 - 1 1/2 hours

Travelers already in the Golden Circle looking to adventure along the southern coast will need a rental car to make the journey. This article about the Best of Iceland's Golden Circle and South Coast provides more ideas and insight for these regions.

Find out more about traveling from the Golden Circle.