Selatangar, Grindavik

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Address: Southern Peninsula, Iceland

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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 Information

  • 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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  • Thought provoking ruins of a medieval fishing village. What really set this apart from other Icelandic attractions was that we were the only souls around.

  • Not many ruins left. The path to the ruins needs some love.

  • Cool spot to visit for a quick hike. Trail can be hard to keep track of but the ruins are pretty obvious. Saw fox tracks while I was there too! I took my 2WD (unknowingly) down the 4x4 track and made it ok, just had to go slow.

  • Great ruins! It's a little bit of a hike but once you find the trail, it's worth it. Trail leaves off the parking lot, which takes you right there, or you can follow the 4x4 track, which is a little harder to find.

  • Weird, rough place. To get there take a road for 4wd-vehicles down to the ruins on the coast from the road to Isolfsskali.

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