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Best of South Iceland May 16-23

By Staff

  • Hellisheiðarvirkjun power plant is within a half an hour drive from Reykjavík. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the South Iceland section of What to Do and See this Week Around Iceland, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Cows celebrating summer
Farmers Anna María Kristjánsdóttir and Ari Árnason welcome guests to their farm Helluvað near the town of Hella, South Iceland, Sunday the 18th to witness when the farm cows are allowed back into the fields to graze after a long winter. "The animals jump up and down in joy. They just don’t know what to do with themselves, the poor things, they have been holed up inside all winter,” Anna said in an interview with lnewspaper DV. The event will take place at 1pm on Sunday the 18th.
This is beautiful to witness, believe us.

A visit to a state-of-the-art geothermal power plant
How about joining a visit to a state-of-the-art geothermal power plant and a photo exhibition? You can do that by stopping by at Hellisheiðavirkjun power plant within half an hour drive from Reykjavík. The power production is of course the main attraction but the photos by  Einar Ólason (born 1957) are also worth the visit. Einar worked as a newspaper photographer for more than 30 years and is best known for his portrait pictures. Recently he shifted his attention to Icelandic nature – and focused on small items hidden in the landscape. is exhibition is open daily between 9AM and 5PM in May and June.

Flight show in Selfoss Airport
Selfoss town Flight Club celebrates its 40th anniversary on Saturday May 17th at Selfoss town Airport. The area opens at 10AM and the flight show starts at 1.30PM. Airplanes, ultra lights, helicopters, kiting, paragliding, sightseeing, aerobatic, parachuting. The flight museum is open from 10AM to 12PM.

The pit stop
Stop by at Dverghamrar (Dwarf Rocks). Just east of Foss á Síðu waterfall, are two large and striking columnar basalt rock formations, topped with cube-jointed basalt. The landscape is thought to have been moulded at the end of the Ice Age when the sea level was higher. It is believed that waves coming into contact with the molten lava shaped these peculiar formations into the rocks. Columnar basalt is formed when a lava flow cools suddenly and contraction forces build up.  Dverghamrar is a protected natural monument.
More information here.

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