Upcountry Árnessýsla

Upcountry Árnessýsla, or Uppsveitir Árnessýslu in Icelandic, is a rural area in South Iceland, home to many of the country's most famous attractions.


Upcountry Árnessýsla is one of the few places where arable land in Iceland reaches up to 50 km inland. As a result, it's one of the most important agricultural areas in Iceland. There are no major towns, however. The total population numbers a few thousand but only a few hundred live in the villages scattered around the area.

The entire area lies in a geologically active belt with many interesting sights such as volcanoes, geysers etc. As a result of this and the proximity to Reykjavík it's one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland.

Get in

Rainbow over Gullfoss

The area is about a hour and a half from the capital and you can get there by car or bus. From Reykjavik there are several tour operators offering guided "Golden Circle" bus tours that include Gullfoss, Geysir, and Thingvellir. Such a tour will cost you around ISK10,000 per person as of August 2014 and is a fairly convenient way to get in, around and out if you don't have a car.

By bus

Reykjavik Excursions Phone: +354 580 5400. Routes 6/6a and 610/610a run from the BSI terminal in Reykjavik to Gullfoss and Geysir.



Some of the most famous sights in Iceland are dotted around Upcountry Árnessýsla.

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