Day Trips

Hella is located in the heart of South Iceland. From here, in one day or less, you can visit many interesting sites from the coast to the highlands. The tourist office in Hella is right next to Guesthouse Brenna; there you will find further information about interesting sites and how to get there.

Seljalandsfoss800sign-1-Seljalandsfoss

A particularity of this gracious high waterfall is that you can walk behind it and have a different point of view of the surroudings from behind the water curtain. Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall situated 34 km east of Hella, close to the Road 1 along the South Coast. You can easily drive there or take a bus. Read more

Skógar – Skógafoss800sign-2-Skogafoss

The site of Skógar is located 62 km east of Hella. The place is known for its waterfall Skógafoss. It’s also the starting point for those who want to hike the Fimmvörðuháls track which goes from Skógar to Þórsmörk. In Skógar there is also one of Iceland’s biggest and most interesting folk museums. Read more

800sign-3-SolheimajokullSólheimajökull

Sólheimajökull is a spectacular glacier tongue coming out of the mighty glacier Mýrdalsjökull where volcano Katla is located. This beautiful place is located 72 km east of Hella. Hiking trips are available for those who want to explore the wonders of the crawling ice.

Dyrhólaey800sign-4-Dyrholaey

Dyrhólaey is a small peninsula that lies on the south-east coast, not far from Skógar, 88 km east of Hella. The place is known for its magnificent views over the coastline as well as a large hole that goes through the peninsula. Trips are available for those who want to sail around Dyrhólaey, which is an experience to remember. Read more

800sign-5-Vik i MyrdalVík í Mýrdal

Vík is a small village 95 km east of Hella. It is most famous for its black beaches which some people consider to be the most beautiful beaches on earth. The mountain Reynisfjall overlooks Vík and is the nesting place for many seabirds, including the colorful puffin. Close to Vík is a mountain called Hjörleifshöfði which is an ideal hike to get a view over the black coastline. Read more

Skaftafell

Although it is 233 km to Skaftafell from Hella, you can visit this place by car in a day with an early start. Skaftafell is a national park with the glacier Skaftafellsjökull in the center. The surroundings are often referred to as the Icelandic Alps. There are many beautiful places to see in Skaftafell such as the waterfall Svartifoss, the old farmhouse in Sel, and the glacier tongue Svínafellsjökull. Read more

Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull is the mighty volcano which erupted in 2010. This mountain is called the King of South Iceland and is visible from Hella. It’s better to enjoy Eyjafjallajökull from a distance because it’s not safe to hike there in the summertime due to cracks in the ice. Read more

Vestmannaeyar800sign-8-Vestmannaeyar

The islands of Vestmannaeyjar lie outside the coast of Landeyjar, 57 km from Hella. There is a ferry that sails from Bakki four times a day in the summertime. Vestmannaeyjar is a one of a kind place to visit for the day because of its beautiful surroundings and the island’s volcanic history. A variety of guided tours in and around the islands are available. Read more

800sign-9-HeklaHekla

This famous volcano is called by Icelanders the Queen of South Iceland. It’s located on the edge of the southern highlands, around 60 km from Hella. It’s possible to hike on the top of the mountain, and in the wintertime guided tours can be arranged there on a snowcar. Read more

Þórsmörk800sign-10-Thorsmork

Þórsmörk is a wide valley where the Markarfljót river runs. This green paradise, surrounded by glaciers, offers many wonderful hiking trails. The end of the valley is about 65 km from Hella. You will need a 4WD vehicle since you will be crossing the river several times, or you can take the bus.

800sign-11-LandmannalaugarLandmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is located in the southern highlands, 118 km from Hella. It’s possible to drive there in the summertime but a 4WD car is recommended. Hot springs emerge from the ground and are popular for bathing. From Landmannalugar to Þórsmörk lies one of Icelands most popular hiking trails called Laugavegur. It’s usually a three days hike in which travelers can see the great Icelandic wilderness in all its glory. Many other hiking trails are around Landmannalaugar, such as the trail to Landmannahellir and Jökulgil. Read more

Stöng

Stöng is a replica of an Icelandic viking age house, 77 km west of Hella. This is an interesting place to visit for those who want to learn how the first Icelanders made their homes. Read more

800sign-13-KeridKerið

This volcanic crater is located in Bláskógabyggð, 47 km west of Hella. A perfect place to visit for those who want to see the forces that created Iceland. Read more

Geysir800sign-14-Geysir

One of Icelands most famous geothermal sites located in Bláskógabyggð, 77 km west of Hella. The area is known for its Great Geysir as well as Strokkur, which  erupts every few minutes. Read more

800sign-15-GullfossGullfoss

The “Golden Waterfall”, as it is known in Iceland, is only 8 km north of Geysir. This is one of many large waterfalls in Iceland and a popular place for travelers to visit. Read more

Þingvellir800sign-16-Thingvellir

The national park of Þingvellir is located in Bláskógabyggð, 81 km west of Hella. Known for its historical and geological importance, Þingvellir is a place that every traveler to Iceland should see. Read more

Stokkseyri – Eyrarbakki

Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki are two small villages on the south coast of Iceland, 50 km from Hella. There are good restaurants in the area, such as Fjöruborðið in Stokkseyri, and Rauða Húsið in Eyrarbakki. Interesting museums are also there such as The Hunting Museum in Stokkseyri and The Cultural Museum Húsið in Eyrarbakki.

Hveragerði – Reykjadalur800sign-18-Reykjadalur

The town of Hveragerði is located by Road 1, 49 km west of Hella. It is known for its greenhouses that are heated with geothermal energy, providing Icelanders with fresh vegetables all year round. Near Hveragerði there is a valley called Reykjadalur, an area with hot springs that are ideal for bathing. Read more

800sign-19-Reykjavik TjorninReykjavík

Iceland’s capital is located 92 km west of Hella. Home to two thirds of Iceland’s population.

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