Despite being one of the smallest regions in Iceland, the southwest is home to the vibrant capital Reykjavik and some spectacular landscapes. See itinerary ideas

Most people access Iceland via the southwest and base themselves here at least initially, taking advantage of the lively atmosphere, exceptional restaurants and hip cafés in the capital to get a first impression of Iceland. 

Reykjavik, the most northerly capital in the world, has a small town feel despite its importance and can be easily explored by foot. Climb the tower at Hallgrimskirkja for panoramic views, get a sense of the city’s past at the National Museum and, in season, venture just outside the harbour to go whale and dolphin watching. 

Visitors are also lured to the region by the Blue Lagoon whose pastel blue waters are a consistent balmy 37-39C. Located in the shadow of the Svartsengi geothermal power station, the steaming lagoon has transformed the plant’s mineral-rich overspill into one of the world’s great health retreats.

 

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