Places of interest


Many of the most popular natural pearls in the south can be found in our area. Syðri - Steinsmýri stands at the edge of Eldhraun, which had then flowed over 60km from the eruption site at Laki. The lava is covered with moss that constantly changes color according to humidity. There is also a lot of bird life in Steinsmýrarflóð.

The beach

It is possible to drive down to the shore from Syðri-Steinsmýri on most four-wheel drive cars, but not the smallest jeeps. In the emergency shelter by the shore you will find an exhibition that Fótspor - an association for history and monuments in Skaftárhreppur has set up on a ship's shore. The emergency shelter has a long history, but it was originally a warehouse built in 1920. Skaftfellingur sailed with goods and completely changed the ship's transport of goods to the countryside, which was then isolated between unbridged rivers. You can read more about Skaftfelling, the history, culture and nature of Skaftárhreppur on the website


In the vicinity of Kirkjubæjarklaustur are Systrafoss, Kirkjugólfið, Stjórnárfoss and Fjaðrárgljúfur.

Skaftárstofa is a tourist information center where you can find a lot of information about the surrounding area, you can see exhibitions about Vatnajökull National Park and there is also a shop with books, maps and souvenirs.

The highlands

For longer day trips to the highlands you can look at Laki, Eldgjár, Langisjór and Landmannalaugar. These roads are passable for most four-wheel drive cars, but utmost care must be taken and always look at the weather forecast.


Jökulsárlón is less than 2 hours drive from Syðri-Steinsmýri. But on the way there are many interesting places that are worth visiting, such as Dverghamrar, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull, Ingólfshöfði and Fjallsárlón.