Bakki’s Guide to the South

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Jessi Kingan

Bakki’s Guide to the South

Recommendations, discounted tours, information and local insights

Eat and drink

Treat yourself to a delicious meal out, or buy something to prepare in your apartment.

Image - Rauða Húsið Restaurant
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Rauða Húsið Restaurant
Jessi:The pride of Eyrarbakki! Our local restaurant, beloved by Icelanders and travelers alike. Try the langoustine, fish, or lamb.
Image - Hafið Bláa
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Hafið Bláa
Jessi:Ocean views from every seat in the daylight, a great place to see the northern lights at night. Restaurant is open February-November. Outdoor seating and direct access to a black sand beach.
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Kaffi Krús
Jessi:Casual bistro in Selfoss. Open for breakfast from 8:00.
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Hendur í höfn
Jessi:In Þorlákshöfn, 15 minutes' drive west of Eyrarbakki
Image - Guðni Bakari
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Guðni Bakari
Jessi:Our favorite for breakfast
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Tryggvaskáli
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Fjorubordid Restaurant
Jessi:Lobster restaurant. Lobster in a pot served family style, crack them open with your fingers.
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Vínbúðin
Jessi:The local liquor store, the only place you can get beer, wine or hard alcohol outside a bar (and the Duty-Free). Closed Sundays.
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Krónan
Jessi:The best selection in Selfoss, including specialty, gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan items
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Samkaup Úrval Selfoss
Jessi:Open 7:30-23:30 most days
Image - Ölvisholt Brewery
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Ölvisholt Brewery
Jessi:Local brewery that offers tours, tasting room. Excellent beers!
Image - Ölverk Pizza & Brewery
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Ölverk Pizza & Brewery
Jessi:Brewpub and pizza place with a brick oven.
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ÓB Eyrabakki
Jessi:Convenience store and gas station. Open 9:00-19:00 most days.
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Krisp Restaurant
Jessi:Casual restaurant in Selfoss
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Iceland with Kids

Iceland has plenty to offer for the whole family. Here are some ideas.

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Sundhöll Selfoss
Jessi:Good outdoor swimming pool with a big slide. Hot tubs at different temperatures.
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Bakkahestar Horse Riding Tours
Jessi:Great for kids 5 and up. No experience necessary. The owner teaches riding to kids and the horses are very calm.
Image - Sundlaug Þorlákshafnar
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Sundlaug Þorlákshafnar
Jessi:Good indoor and outdoor swimming pools for the whole family. Indoor shallow pool with slides and other water features; outdoor lap pool, hot tubs, and water slides.
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Slakki
Jessi:A fun stop on the Golden Circle if you have kids. Domestic and farm animals, putt putt golf, and more. Open in summer.

Hot Springs & Swimming Pools

From navigating your way to hot springs, to how to navigate Icelandic swimming pool culture.

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Image - Hrunalaug
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Hrunalaug
Jessi:A small place. It gets easily crowded, so if you have your heart set on a visit, you might want to plan extra time in case you need to wait and come back. If there aren't too many other people there, it's a lovely, secluded place.

Outdoor adventures and activities

It’s what Iceland does best….choose from a wide variety of top rated tours and experiences that will take you out into the wild Icelandic nature.

Image - The Lava Tunnel
$ 89
Experience
The Lava Tunnel
Jessi:If you see one cave in Iceland, it will probably be this one. Just about 15 minutes away from Eyrarbakki, on the way to Reykjavík, it's very accessible. They offer guided tours every hour on the hour, no equipment of your own required. Just wear comfortable and supportive walking shoes.
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Jessi:Eyrarbakki is the perfect base for 3-6 days exploring south Iceland. Here are some ideas to get you dreaming!
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$ 144
Experience
Black Beach ATV Tour near Reykjavik
Jessi:Just 15 minutes away in Þorlákshöfn
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The Striking Lake of Iceland's Kerið Crater Volcano - Travel Tramp
Jessi:Just 20 minutes' drive from Eyrarbakki
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$ 48
Experience
Black Beach Adrenaline Ride
Jessi:Tours depart from nearby Þorlákshöfn, just 15 minutes away.
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Hiking & Trekking

Venture out on your own or have be guided on an adventure...find the perfect fit for you!

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Animal Lovers

Get up close and personal with Icelandic wildlife

Image - Bakkahestar Horse Riding Tours
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Bakkahestar Horse Riding Tours
Jessi:A local family-run company that offers horse riding tours on the beach in Eyrarbakki. Walking distance or just a few minutes' drive.
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Image - Sólvangur Stable Café / Hestakaffihús
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Sólvangur Stable Café / Hestakaffihús
Jessi:Meet the Icelandic horse at Sólvangur. See into the stables from the coffee shop, and if you love horses, this place is great for souvenirs.
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Glacier Experiences

Climb it, hike it, snowmobile on it...choose how you want to experience these slow moving giants of ice and snow.

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Arts & Culture

From viking legends to modern art, get to know the deeper side of Iceland.

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Árnessýsla Heritage Museum - The house at Eyrarbakki
Jessi:Step back in time and learn a bit about the history of Iceland at the Húsið museum in Eyrarbakki. Open daily in the summer.
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Konubókastofa (The Women´s Book Lounge)
Jessi:A library and reading room focusing on the works of Icelandic women authors.
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Laugabúð
Jessi:A local shop, but more than that, a step back in time. This shop is preserved much the way it was 100 years ago. The shopkeeper is a gem.
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Skálholt