10 Reasons To Visit Beautiful South Coast in Summer

4 minute read20 May 2019

You know how each country has one specific part of it that is unbelievably popular and visited by travellers from all over the world for its divine beauty? The South Coast is Iceland’s answer to this question. This gorgeous coastline is dotted with so many divine things to see that travellers are awestruck by all the sights they get to experience. It has it all, all that Iceland offers. Right from waterfalls, glaciers, beaches and glacier lagoons to mountains, volcanoes, nature reserves, and small villages, South Coast of Iceland is the way to go if you want to pack as much action as possible in a day or two. Starting from the capital, Reykjavík, it is a perfect destination to witness the coastline all the way to the Glacier Lagoon.

While this stunning coastline is accessible throughout the year, it is best and most-visited during the summer as the temperatures are pleasant and the journey through the entire coastline is an absolute breeze. In this blog, let’s talk about ten reasons why you should visit the South Coast in Summer.

  • Temperature: Reiterating the same point again because we cannot emphasize on it enough, the temperatures during the Summer are quite easy to deal with as opposed to the extreme winters that the country experiences. Having said that, the weather in Iceland is unpredictable and can change anytime but it is not as drastic as during winters.


  • Waterfalls: The waterfalls that you will come across along the South Coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, are adorned with multiple rainbows as the splashes of water from the falls get in contact with the sunlight, leaving you with a sight to behold and an excellent place to take photos.

  • Midnight Sun: In Iceland, during Summers, daylight sticks around for a good 21 hours. So, the long days give you the chance to explore more and see more of this coastline. In fact, you can even party in the midnight sun along the South Coast and it is ensured that you will have a blast. Opt for a guided hop on and hop off tour with Sterna Travel to spend the night under the midnight sun.


  • Glistening Icebergs: As the sun comes out of hiding during Summers, when you visit the Glacier lagoon, you will notice the icebergs reflecting the sunlight and glistening. Going there during the sunset will give you an ultimate experience as the golds of the sun will converge with the blue hues of the majestic lagoon. You’ll also find these shimmering icebergs in the Diamond black sand beach not very far away from here.

  • Puffins: If you are an avid bird-watcher, you’ll find these gorgeous Icelandic puffin colonies with their orange beaks flocking along the coastline. They are birds of the summer and certainly don’t stick around during winters, so you have a good chance of spotting them in summers.


  • Cities and villages: The towns and villages that you will stop by in your journey of the South Coast will be lively in action with festivals, markets and more. Here’s when everyone gathers together to celebrate the summer. It’s a great way to interact with locals as well.


  • Safety factor: In summer, you don’t have to worry about the snow-clad roads or any potential weather changes. The journey along the South Coast will be appealing and devoid of any weather-related change of plans.


  • Reynisfjara Beach: Visiting the black sand beach during the summer days will give you a better view of the sea and the basalt columns. You will also find a cave nearby that you can check out.

  • Sólheimajökull glacier: You can head to this old glacier and even touch the ice. It is relatively easy for you to access this location in summers hence, it is a great idea to visit it during the warmer months. If you are adventurous, you can check out the possibilities of going glacier-walking with a guide.


  • Local food and produce: Seafood is the star of the cuisine in Iceland. You find all kinds of them, fresh or dried, to be a stable in many Icelandic homes. Especially in summer, you will find a lot of fresh produce available and less of the smoked food commonly available during winters to preserve meats.


The South Coast of Iceland is a true pleasure for tourists and it has been flocked by thousands of visitors from around the world. You will be lost for words at the variety of landscapes you get to see along this coastline. You are sure to have an amazing Icelandic experience here. Sterna Travel’s guided tours take you across the South Coast right from Reykjavik to the Glacier Lagoon features some of the best attractions Iceland has to offer. Our guides are friendly and will be more than happy to answer any of your questions as well as tell you interesting stories about these locations.


Sterna Travel offers guided day tours and Northern lights tours from Harpa Concert Hall downtown Reykjavík for groups and individuals with guidance in English. We are a fully registered travel agency and have been a proud recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certif

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