Southern Region and

Reykjanes Peninsula

Small "Suðurnes" (Reykjanes Peninsula) and large "Suðurland" are often geographically connected to one region.

Next to the town of Keflavík, Iceland's international airport is located at the western end of the Reykjanes Peninsula. This airport with it's industry around, let Keflavik and the Reykjanesbær area grow to almost 16.000 inhabitants (Jan. 2020).

The over all population number of the Reykjanes Peninsula is approx. 27.800 (Jan. 2020).

Suðurland defines the southern part of Iceland with it's largest town Selfoss (Population approx. 6.000). Also a part of the southern district are the "Vestmannaeyjar" (Westman Islands - Population approx. 4.300 - Jan. 2019).

Together with the capital region, Suðurland is the most frequented tourist destination in Iceland.

The entire southern district counts about 28.400 inhabitants (Jan. 2020).

Lakagígar / Laki (818 m) - fissure volcano (last eruption 1783-1784)

Solidified lava with fragile moss growth

Kirkjubæjarklaustur / Kirkjugólfið (Church Floor) - natural basalt formation

Þórsmörk

Hrafntinnusker (1.141 m)

Byggðasafnið í Skógum / Skógasafn (Skogar Museum)

Eyjafjallajökull (1.666 m)

Reynisfjara / Dyrhólaey

Reynisfjara seen from Dyrhólaey

View in summer

View in winter

Dyrhólaey

Reynisdrangar seen from Dyrhólaey

Hálsanefshellir with Reynisdrangar

Dyrhólaey seen from Reynisfjara - View in summer

View in winter

Drangshlíð

Skógafoss

Skógafoss - upper river

View in summer

View in a mild winter without strong storms (2019)

View in a snowy winter with heavy sandstorms (2022)

Ice with black sand on it's surface at Skógafoss

Vestmannaeyjar / Population 4.301 (2019)

Electric powered Vestmannaeyjar Ferry "Herjólfur IV" approaching Heimaey

Town of Heimaey - View from volcano Eldfell (last eruption 1973)

Skólavegur

Stafkirkjan

Rocks at Heimaey port exit

Plane Wreck at Sólheimasandur - The Plane crashed there in 1973 and was never removed.

Gljúfrabúi next to Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

Fauna and flora at Seljalandsfoss

Ice at Seljalandsfoss

Seljavallalaug (built in 1923)

Urriðafoss - Iceland's most voluminous waterfall (at very low water level)

Þingvallavegur

Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir / Almannagjá / Öxarárfoss

Öxarárfoss

Þingvallakirkja (built in 1859)

Þingvallavatn

Geysir / Strokkur

Frozen grass near Strokkur

Gullfoss

Þjóðveldisbær - reconstructed farm based on the excavated farmhouse Stöng

Stöng - excavated farm probably destroyed during Hekla eruption in 1104

Hjálparfoss

Along Landmannaleið and F208

Approaching Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar natural bath

F-Road maintenance

Sprengisandsleið F26 (starts near Hrauneyjar / Suðurland)

Crossing Sprengisandur during early Bárðarbunga earthquakes in 2014 (F26 wasn't closed yet) - No time for better photos...

Björgunarsveit at Nýidalur

Björgunarsveit near Aldeyjarfoss

Björgunarsveit in front of Aldeyjarfoss (Norðurland eystra)

Sprengisandsleið F26 (ends near Aldeyjarfoss / Norðurland eystra)

Strandarkirkja / Reykjanes - founded in 12th century / completed in 1888

Reykjanes Hraun

Bláa Lónið (Blue Lagoon) / Þorbjörn (243 m)

Reykjanesbraut

Approaching Suðurland / Suðurnes by plane

Ölfusá / Eyrarbakki