Locals have been admiring the natural beauty and abundant wildlife in the mesmerising South Shore for centuries, now it’s your turn. Awe-inspiring waterfalls, sea-polished glaciers, endless black sandy volcanic beaches and herds of graceful Icelandic horses roaming the plains, are just a few of the spectacular sights and experiences to behold.
South-Iceland is blessed with a number of stunning waterfalls. The 60-metre-high Seljalandsfoss falls is one of the best-known in Iceland, flowing from the famous Eyjafjallajokull glacier. A footpath leads you behind the falls so if you’re not afraid to get a little wet, you can walk through to the other side. Another spectacular sight is the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks located along the black sands of the Reynisfjara beach below, where waves of the north Atlantic spectacularly break. Another highlight just 30 kilometres away is Skogarfoss, one of Iceland‘s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls that tumbles over a cliff, marking the country's former coastline.
The Icelandic Horse is a unique breed and a national treasure, descending from the horses of the first settlers imported from Norway in the 9th century. As they are known for their intelligence and friendly character, horse-riding tours for all abilities are highly recommended, allowing you to connect with these fascinating creatures as you explore the stunning scenery of moss-covered lava fields and soft black lava sand on the beach.
Take a private boat to the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), an archipelago of 15 islands off Iceland’s South coast. Explore the only inhabited island of Heimaey, to witness the largest puffin colony in the world, walk around lava fields and hike along beautiful trails some 900 foot above sea-level, offering incredible vistas. Other activities include boat tours around the islands, passing in and out of caves along the way, visiting the Eldheimar museum to learn more about the 1973 volcanic eruption, and Sæheimar Natural History Museum and Aquarium, full of information about the island’s native birds.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Temp Guide These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for South Shore
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for South Shore.
British Airways from London Heathrow to Keflavik and Iceland Air from London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
From London Heathrow to Iceland: 3 hours
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit Insect and tick bite avoidance.
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations i.e, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCDO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: Foreign Travel Advice. Additional sources of information include: Public Health England, The National Travel Health And Network Centre, Foreign And Commonwealth Office and your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.