- Address: Southern Peninsula, Iceland, Grindavik
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Ancient Ruin, Family And Kids
Selatangar - Review
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.
- Due to the rocky lava landscape, good sturdy shoes are recommended.
How To reach Selatangar by Public Transport
- Rent a Four-Wheel Drive vehicle.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Selatangar
95% 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
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Selatangar, Grindavik Reviews
Super bumpy road to a small parking place best driven with a 4WD. Nice view on the sea and black and beach. Should be a nice little hike on a good day. (We were here at a rainy windy day, so skipped it)
So cool! Amazing to walk over a moss covered lava field and then end up at a fishing village that has been used since the 14th century. The ruins just line the beach so keep following the trail down and then you will run right in to them. The beach was also beautiful and the vegetation just other worldly. Enjoy!
It was inspiring to see how the fishermen lived and remnants of their structures. And then a surprise treat developed when asking a local couple about a ground berry. This was their family's land and they led us around to see the old fox traps, other edible plants, lava formations, caves and detailed history of the area. We are impressed with the abundant hospitality in Iceland.
The ruins themselves are pretty interesting. But you should definetly park at the first parking lot, even though you may think the road continues. It's a very rough sand/rock road and it will bring you no closer. You will have problems returning. Also, the path to the ruins isn't clear anymore, which leads to walking through vegetation.
I'm sure it's nice, but couldn't see it. The road was in such an awful condition, that it was only passable with a 4X4.