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        Visitors staying in cheap hotels in South Iceland may be surprised to find that unlike the rest of the Icelandic shore, the coast here is and endless sweep of sandy beaches. There are many beautiful hiking trails here, and one takes you to the 715-foot Glymur Waterfall, Icelands highest. Dyrholaey is the southernmost part of Iceland, and is one of the islands best places to see bird life.

        One of South Icelands principal attractions is Skaftafell National Park, which is the largest national park in Europe. There are no roads into it, but the park is popular with campers and hikers who come for the forests and the waterfalls. There are glorious views of Hvannadalshnukur, which at 6,952 feet is Icelands highest peak. There are guided tours of the park, including one by horseback. Kirkjubaejarklaustar is a 20-letter word meaning Church farm cloister. It is the name of a village that might once have been the home of Irish monks. Here you can see the ruins of an old nunnery, and Systrastapl (Sisters Rock), which was named for two nuns who were buried here after being burned at the stake for witchcraft. The most frequently visited area is Landmannalaugar, which is part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. This is a land of lava, sand, rivers and lakes. It is noted for its mountains and geothermal activity. The Torfajokull Volcano sits roughly in the middle.