Iceland's south coast offers otherworldly beauty with countless natural attractions. International travelers arriving into Keflavik Airport (KEF) can embark onto the Ring Road (Route 1) to start exploring the coastal route which spans from just outside of Reykjavik all the way east to the impressive Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Self-driving is the most popular option for making the most out of venturing this area of Iceland. Group tours departing from the airport offer both day and multi-day itineraries for travelers looking to explore that way.
Volcanic landscape, countless waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches are just some of the highlights the diverse south coast has to offer. Get sprayed by mist at Skogafoss, take a dip in one of Iceland's oldest natural hot pools, Seljavallalaug, and visit turf houses at the Skogar Museum. For ideas to help create your itinerary, this Ultimate Guide to Iceland's South Coast is a great resource.
By Rental Car
Duration: 10-12 hours
Driving directly from Keflavik to the end of the south coast (Jökulsárlón) takes approximately five and a half hours. The Golden Circle's top three attractions are a straightforward detour off the Ring Road (Route 1) that runs along the southern coast. Seljalandsfoss and its neighboring cave waterfall, Gljúfrabúi are worthwhile stops as you make your way east.
Avid hikers should consider venturing into Thorsmork, the southern highlands for a plethora of epic treks. Mýrdalsjökull glacier is an outdoor enthusiast's playground, with hiking and helicopter tours available. Reynisfjara black sand beach and Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park are also popular stops along the route to the east.
By Group or Private Transfer
Duration: 8-10 hours
Many group tours departing directly from Keflavik's airport are available to spend either a full day or multi-day visiting top spots on the southern coast. These can easily be done during an extra-long layover as well for a glimpse into some of the best landscape of Iceland. For more flexibility to tailor the route to your preferences, a private tour is also an option, although more expensive.