The South of Iceland is in many ways different from other quarters of the country. It has much more lowland than other parts of the island. Therefore, it has been considered more suitable for farming. In the South you have wide valleys, rivers and lakes but also some of Iceland‘s most astonishing volcanoes. Travelers are probably familiar with the glacier Eyjafjallajökull that erupted in the year of 2010 and became world famous in the following.
The river Þjórsá runs through the middle of South Iceland. It‘s the longest river in Iceland, being 230 kilometers in length. It runs all the way from Hofsjökull glacier in the highlands to the sea near Þykkvabær village, known for its delicious potatoes. The valley of Þjórsá is a magnificent sight for anyone that wants to experience the most Icelandic nature.
The South of Iceland has many of Iceland‘s most popular tourist attractions like Gullfoss waterfall, the hot springs in the Geysir area and Þingvellir national park, where Iceland‘s biggest lake is located. The South is the first impression of most travelers, since Iceland‘s main international airport is in Keflavík town.
The capital city Reykjavík is close to the airport and the country‘s hotspot for culture and service. About two thirds of the country‘s population live in Reykjavík area. It was chosen as Europe‘s culture city in the year of 2000.