Iceland’s South Shore is where you will find some of the country’s most astounding scenes of natural beauty. Along this stretch of coast, spanning just south of Reykjavik to Vatnajökull National Park, there is a trove of spectacular sights and experiences to behold.
There are waterfalls aplenty to marvel at, here; the sixty-meter-high Seljalandsfoss waterfall flows from the famous Eyjafjallajokull glacier, while Skogarfoss waterfall is said to be one of the most beautiful in the country. There is also the striking Gigjokull glacier and lagoon and the basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar to marvel at; the latter is said to have originated when two trolls unsuccessfully dragged a ship to land and turned to rock when daylight broke.
Adventurers will have plenty to fuel their adrenaline with, too. Solheimajokull is a great place for an ice walk, while Thormsmork valley, accessible only with a mountain vehicle, reveals mountains, glaciers and birchwoods. During summer, there is also fertile farmlands, making ideal terrain for riding with some of the county’s friendly pony-sized horses – unique to Iceland, the breed first emerged with Norwegian settlers over one-thousand years ago, and their pretty appearance makes them an icon on the landscape.
Base yourself at Skalakot, whilst you explore the stunning South Shore region with its waterfalls, Basalt sea stacks and Solheimajokull glacier.
Located amid the stunning setting of rural southern Iceland, Skálakot is a sumptuously stylish boutique hotel that offers a unique opportunity for adventures in the ‘land of fire and ice’. Comprising just fourteen art-deco inspired rooms, this luxurious hotel has been owned by the same family for seven generations and prides itself on warm and personal hospitality. It is set on the family’s private farm, which breeds its own stables of friendly Icelandic horses, who can take guests out on guided tours of the stunning landscape. There is also a fine dining restaurant for guests to enjoy, which serves seasonal specialities and homegrown vegetables from breakfast through to dinner, plus outdoor steam baths and hot tubs for relaxing under the stars after a day of adventure. With glaciers, mountains and volcanoes all nearby, this is an ideal spot for exploring the wonders of Iceland.
- Type:Boutique Hotel
- Summary:Family owned art-deco inspired boutique hotel
- Feature:Set on a farm with horses for guided rides
- Rooms:14 rooms
- Nearest airport:Keflavík International Airport