Selatangar577 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Southern Peninsula, Iceland, Grindavik
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Ancient Ruin, Family And Kids
Between Grindavik and Krysuvik, lies the ruins of the fishing village Selatangar, abandoned since the 1880s. Selatangar is nothing now, but a hauntingly beautiful reflection of its past glory. The fishing settlement had been operating since the Middle Ages, and you can still see some of the houses and fish storages intact. Although, these houses are no lesser than caves carved out of lava rocks. It is quite a miracle as to how the settlers managed to live under such extreme conditions, fighting the unforgivable lava and harsh ocean winds. In the latter part of the 19th century, it is believed that the settlement was haunted by ghosts, which led to the abandonement. You can drive till the end of the rugged road, walk down closer the sea where you can see the waves breaking on the cliffs. Selatangar definitely paints quite a tragically stunning picture, full of drama and is a must visit.
Selatangar Travel Tips
- Due to the rocky lava landscape, good sturdy shoes are recommended.
How to Reach Selatangar
- Rent a Four-Wheel Drive vehicle.
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93.97% of people who visit Grindavik include Selatangar in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
52.08% of people start their Selatangar visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Selatangar
85.37% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Selatangar
Selatangar Reviews & Ratings
Long hike for a few stone ruins. Would probably skip this one.
Nice, peaceful beach, worth a walk from parking
It's a nice place, not that easy to get there but it's a nice body and beach. Be careful because the waves are very strong in the shore, also, park your car in the parking area and don't try to go to the beach with it, especially in a small car.
Fresh air... and water...
Would be considered baron by most youngsters but lovely for walkers. We parked nearer the road and walked down as a 4x4 is recommended to reach the car park.