Northern lights at Hotel Ranga

Southern Iceland


Southern Iceland is a fascinating volcanic area characterised by stark landscapes, imposing mountains, and areas of intense geothermal activity.

Once you get out of the Reykjavik area you start to see the real Iceland in all its glory. Smoking volcanoes tower over molten moonscapes. Thermal pools and boiling mudbaths abound. The starkness of the lava fields contrast with areas of extraordinary beauty: there are beaches and cliffs composed of multicoloured igneous rock and, inland some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Europe.

Our recommended places to stay in the south are:

Both are about an hour’s drive from Reykjavik in wild, remote countryside.

From September through to March, the night sky is dark enough to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis.

To get an overview of our hand-picked places to stay in Iceland, see all places to stay

Useful information

Flight times

There are flights to Keflavik airport every day from Heathrow and Gatwick (flight time is approx. 3 hours), as well as flights from Scotland with Icelandair. From the airport it’s a one hour drive to the south of the island.


With its Nordic climate, the driest months of the year in Iceland are May, June and July. Mid-June to August is high season.  At other times, many tourist facilities outside Reykjavík are closed. For a chance to see the Northern Lights travel between December and April and for whale-watching, the spring and summer are best.

When to travel

Where to stay

Northern lights at Hotel Ranga

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Northern Lights at Ion Hotel Iceland

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Experiences in southern-iceland

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