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The South West Corner of Iceland

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Southwest Iceland is the region of Iceland where the majority of the country's population lives, in and around the capital. Economically Southwest Iceland is dominated by Reykjavík and the capital area (Icelandic: Höfuðborgarsvæðið).

Webcams areas in Iceland

South West - West - Westfjords - North - North East - South East - South - Highlands

 

south west iceland

It could be argued that all other towns in the Southwest today function partly as suburbs of Reykjavík. Geographically, however, the capital area is simply at the eastern fringe of a peninsula known as Reykjanes, which juts out from the west coast into the Atlantic Ocean. This peninsula is one of the youngest landscapes in Iceland and is mostly covered by a field of lava, making it very inhospitable away from the coastline. Between Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes (in West Iceland) is the Faxaflói bay.

Southwest Iceland has historically been considered part of South Iceland, and it was only over the last century or so that it gained the position of absolute dominance over other regions that it has today. The Southwest is currently home to over two thirds of the population of Iceland and in addition to some important fishing harbours, it is the location of most economic activity in Iceland other than primary production. As in many other countries, there is a level of animosity (or at least competition) between the capital area and the rest of the country. Some would argue that the "real" Iceland is not found in the Southwest. Nevertheless, it is the area most visited by tourists, being home to popular destinations such as Reykjavík and the Blue Lagoon and with easy access to the Golden Circle.

The Greater Reykjavik Area

Reykjavik City

Reykjavík is the capital and largest city in Iceland. Its latitude, at 64°08' N, makes it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay. With a population of around 119.764 (2013) (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavík Area), it is the heart of Iceland's economic and governmental activity.

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Reykjavik City

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Reykjavik city - Pond

Reykjavik to the North

Reykjavik to the South East

Reykjavik to the South West

Reykjavik city

Reykjavik city

Austurvöllur public area

Austurvöllur is a public square in Reykjavík, Iceland. The square is a popular gathering place for the citizens of Reykjavík, and especially so during good weather due to the prevalence of cafés on Vallarstræti and Pósthússtræti. It has also been a focal point of protests due to the close location to the Parliament of Iceland. -

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Austurvollur - In front of the Parliament - Down town Reykjavik 

Kopavogur city

Kópavogur is a city and Iceland's second largest municipality, with a population of 30,779. It lies immediately south of Reykjavík and is part of the Greater Reykjavík Area. The name literally means seal pup bay. The town seal contains the profile of the church Kópavogskirkja with a seal pup underneath. Kópavogur is largely made up of residential areas, but has commercial areas and a lot of industrial activity as well. The tallest building in Iceland, the Smáratorg tower, is located in central Kópavogur.  

Reykjanes peninsula

Eldey island

Eldey is a small island about 10 miles (16 km) off the coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland. Located west-southwest of Reykjavík, the island of Eldey covers an area of about 3 hectares (7.4 acres), and rises to a height of 77 metres (253 ft). Its sheer cliffs are home to large numbers of birds, including one of the largest Northern Gannet colonies in the world, with around 16,000 pairs. -

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Eldey Island

Eldey

Eldey

Akranes downtown

Akranes village

Akranes is a port town and municipality located on the west coast of Iceland. It is the ninth most populous town in Iceland with a population of around 6,623 people (as of January 2011). The area where Akranes is located was settled in the ninth century, but did not receive a municipal charter until 1942. -

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Akranes village - Downtown


Webcam feed of road conditions in Southwest Iceland

 Here below you can find a direct feed from selected roads in Southwest Iceland.

 

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Hellisheiði mountain road

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Hellisheiði

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Hellisheidi to the West

On the road

Hellisheidi to the East

 

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Hveradalir

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Hveradalir 

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Hverardalir to the West

On the road

Hverardalir to the East

 

Hringvegur (1) Ring road, Sandskeið

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Sandskeið 

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Sandskeid to the East 

Sandskeid overview

Sandskeid to the West

On the road

 

Þrengslavegur road (39), Lyngbrekkur

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Lyngbrekkur 

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Lyngbrekkur to the North

On the road

Lyngbrekkur to the South

 

Suðurstrandarvegur road (427), Selvogur

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Selvogur 

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Selvogur to the West 

On the road

Selvogur to the East

 

Suðurstrandarvegur road (427), Festarfjall mountain

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Selvogur 

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Festarfjall to the East

On the road

On the road (2)

Festarfjall to the West

 

Hafnarfjarðarvegur road (40), Bústaðabrú bridge

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Bústaðavegur 

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The bridge towards Kopavogur town

 

Hafnarfjarðarvegur road (40), Arnarneshæð bridge

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Bústaðavegur 

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The bridge towards Gardabaer city 

The bridge towards Kopavogur city

 

Reykjanesbraut road (41), Nónskarð in Kopavogur city

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Reykjanesbraut 

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Towards Kopavogur city

Towards Gardabaer city

 

Reykjanesbraut road (41), Strandarheiði 

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Strandarheiði 

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Strandheidi to the West 

Strandheidi to the East

 

Reykjanesbraut road (41), Rósaselstorg roundabout

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Strandarheiði 

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Seen to the North

On the road

Seen to the South

 

Grindavíkurvegur road (43), Þorbjörn mountain

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Strandarheiði 

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Seen to the North 

On the road

Seen to the South

 

Þingvallavegur road (36), Mosfellsheiði mountain road

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Mosfellsheiði 

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Seen to the West

On the road

Seen to the East

 

Hringvegur  (1) Ring road, Blikdalsá river

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Blikdalsá 

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Blikdalsa to the South

On the road

Blikdalsa to the North


 

 

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