Skógafoss Waterfall

EXPLORING ICELAND SOUTH COAST. TOP 7 SPOTS.

From Reykjavik, we drove East along the Route 1 ring road that follows the Iceland South Coast. It was to be a long journey covering 800 miles, but our tour guide Regna made it exciting with stories of changelings and trolls, and the outstanding views made the journey more than worth it.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

SELJALANDSFOSS

There is no doubt that in Iceland don’t exist a shortage of waterfalls, so almost everywhere you go you find them in all shapes and sizes, each one with its own particular characterises and legends. Many of them are found along the South Coast, following the Ring Road.

You can barely spot Seljalandsfoss from the road, but a stop there is totally worth it. The waterfall itself drops about 60 meters. But the fascinating aspect, that makes it being unique, is that you can walk behind it!

In winter, the floor gets too slippery that you can hurt yourself, so be careful. Oh, after saying that, here’s a photo of me doing crazy stuff behind the waterfall, and it’s in winter and the floor is slippery… Crazy girl! It cost me 20 minutes to reach the point and one or two close calls, oops! It would have been a great idea using crampons 😃✌️

Seljalandsfoss and SkógafossSkógafoss Waterfall

SKÓGAFOSS

A little bit further of Seljalandsfoss, we find this big and impressive waterfall. It has an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. And due to the amount of spray, the waterfall often produces a rainbow on sunny days, which make it even be more beautiful.

The thing I loved the most about it was climbing the 370 steps to the top of the waterfall that not only offer a different perspective of it but also rewards every climber with an awe-inspiring view out over the Iceland South Coast coastline.

DyrhólaeyReynisfjara Black Sand Beach

REYNISFJARA BLACK SAND BEACH

Known as the most impressive black sand beach of Iceland, the shore of Reynisfjara doesn’t let anyone indifferent. Here is located an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid and in the summer months is the perfect area for bird watching, the cute puffins, fulmars and guillemots are the stars of the show!

Turn on the right before arriving at Reynisfjara Beach and you’ll be at Dyrhólaey, the southernmost part of Iceland, a 120-meter high promontory that offers a jaw-dropping view and features spectacular rock formations.

Vatnajokull Ice Cave Vatnajokull Ice Cave Iceland

VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER AND ICE CAVES

Vatnajökull Glacier is the largest glacier in Europe and covers an 8% of the island of Iceland, and also is the largest protected area in Europe. Due to the global warming, this massive piece of ice is losing an average of 100 meters of ice on each side every year. Anyways, it’s still of a different and amazing beautiful kind of thing.

Ice caves are formed every winter when temperatures drop off and water froze, and can be found in the lowest parts of outlet glaciers, usually where glacial rivers have stopped flowing through a tunnel in the glacier. I was lucky enough to be inside an ice cave for about an hour and a half admiring the mesmerising blues and the wave effect on the roof.  An experience that will last forever on my mind and something I recommend to everyone!

THE WESTMAN ISLANDS

Adding the Westman Islands to a 2-day itinerary along Iceland South Coast during winter time may sound precipitated, but I don’t regret any of the 3 hours spent there. The ferry to the islands only take 30 minutes to arrive, but once there, it feels like you are in a world away. The Westman Islands are small and the only inhabited island, Haimaey, is only 7 square miles in size. About 4,000 people call this rock home.

I only hope to come back and dedicate an entire day to these fascinating islands and its welcoming people.

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoonJokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON

This was by far my favourite spot of my trip through Iceland South Coast. I spent an entirely hour watching how house-sized chunks of ice broke off from the Vatnajokull glacier, change so drastically its shapes, tumbling, cracking and melting as they made their way to the Atlantic Ocean, where they completely melt and became a part of the sea. After being marvelled by the place and with hundreds of photos from all the possible angles, was time to play with some little ice chunks and also, time to a very quick swim in the lagoon! IT WAS FREEZING!! 😝

Ring Road Iceland

THE DRIVE ITSELF

It may sounds I am running out of ideas, but for me, the best thing of doing a road trip along the Iceland south coast was the driving scene. It encapsulates this otherworldly beauty, from stunning cliffs to dazzling waterfalls, to soaring verdant meadows covered with snow and dotted with Icelandic horses, to lava fields and black sand beaches, and even to the volcanic deserts with lacking of life but not beautifulness.

The drive through these incredibly and varying gorgeous landscapes is the real delight in exploring Iceland South Coast, the stops and experiences mere blips on the map in comparison.

Lava field IcelandReynisfjara Black Sand Beach Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
The Iceland South Coast holds some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Iceland. The area boasts a unique mix of volcanoes and glaciers, geysers, hot springs

 

33 Comments
  • Jean
    Posted at 00:46h, 11 January Reply

    Oh Iceland! Why are you so pretty and so far away from me? Love the photo of you licking the ice. One day I’ll make it to Iceland and try to get photos as nice as yours.

  • Iza Abao, Two Monkeys Travel Group Writer
    Posted at 02:37h, 11 January Reply

    You are just 19 years old and looks like you have been traveling more than me. Really great for you! I have not been to Iceland and would really love to go there someday or soon. I like Vatnajökull Glacier’s photo. It looks breathtaking! I also love your neon green jacket. May I know the brand’s name?

    • Nuria Vidal
      Posted at 12:13h, 18 January Reply

      Hey Iza! Yay, I love travel haha you should go,everywhere is breathtaking so you’ll love it!! The jacket is from Columbia 🙂 xx

  • Samantha Lorenz
    Posted at 05:06h, 11 January Reply

    You take amazing photos! Iceland is high on our travel bucket list and these shots make me want to go even more. I haven’t heard of the Westman Islands before but it looks like a spot we’ll have to add to our must see list!

  • James Smith
    Posted at 11:39h, 11 January Reply

    I would say the most beautiful stops were Reynisfjara, Jökulsárlón and Vatnajökull Glacier. Probably all of them were beautiful stops. I’m going to Iceland in March and I’m definitely going to take this route. Thanks for sharing, I’m inspired!

  • Sonja
    Posted at 16:44h, 11 January Reply

    Your pictures here are so amazing! LOVE them! I did this drive along the south coast and back in one day so didn’t have time for all the stops. Can’t wait to go back!!!

  • Cliodhna Ryan
    Posted at 19:12h, 11 January Reply

    I have never heard of the Westman Islands. It looks spectacular. That photo of you (I presume!) with the yellow top is amazing! I love the idea of driving and being able to stop for the diverse scenery. It looks like a fabulous trip.

  • Naomi
    Posted at 19:51h, 11 January Reply

    Your pictures are truly amazing! I love the waterfalls and the ice. and the vulcanic ground. lol, everything basically.

  • Vicki Louise
    Posted at 04:46h, 12 January Reply

    Stunning photographs! It’s easy to see why these were your favorite spots! I love the waterfalls, the back sand and the ice cave – oh and everything else too!

  • Mike Cotton
    Posted at 13:00h, 13 January Reply

    Iceland! What a fantastic country. I recently wrote a piece about why I want to visit Iceland. Hopefully one day I’ll get to visit this magical country.

  • nico
    Posted at 15:30h, 13 January Reply

    Beautiful! You have certainly a sharp eye for taking pictures and of course Iceland is a great place for that. It seems you enjoyed fully your time there. Great article that would make more than one wanting to go 🙂

  • Rhiannon
    Posted at 15:33h, 13 January Reply

    Iceland is so beautiful! I really hope to visit some day soon, your pictures are invoking an insane amount of wanderlust for me! VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER AND ICE CAVES (sorry for the caps – had to copy & paste because nooo idea how to do the 2 dots above the o!) in particular look magnificent!

  • Tatum Skipper
    Posted at 16:30h, 13 January Reply

    The Glaciers and ice caves definitely look like my favorite. Holy shit they are beautiful! I have been dying to go to Iceland because of how cheap it is from the US, just haven’t gotten around to it. By the way, the post is great but that yellow jacket is awesome! I love the pop of color in the pictures! Retro looking. <3

  • Sanne - Spend Life Traveling
    Posted at 17:21h, 13 January Reply

    You make Iceland look and sound incredible! I have been reading a lot about Iceland lately and really hope to visit soon!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 19:02h, 13 January Reply

    WOW I never realized these spots in Iceland existed! And you took such gorgeous shots! I’m pinning this for later 🙂

  • Sandy Cadiz-Smith
    Posted at 19:07h, 14 January Reply

    I absolutely loved Iceland when I visited last year – it’s such a magical place. Your photographs are totally amazing and make me want to go back as they are all different places to the ones I visited.

  • Ticker Eats The World
    Posted at 15:30h, 15 January Reply

    Wonderful post and Iceland continues to intrigue me more and more. The Ice Caves look magnifiacant and was reading about them in another post. They just look mesmerising not to forget the waterfalls. Iceland truly is a nation of Water and Fire and so amazingly natural.

  • Hendrik
    Posted at 16:08h, 15 January Reply

    Beautiful photos,I really like! Yes Iceland is unique and incomparable and so unbelievable diverse.
    We have been there last year and especially this region in the south is incredible… thanks for bringing bacj such nice memories 🙂

  • Diana - MVMT Blog
    Posted at 19:03h, 15 January Reply

    These are some of my favorites as well! If I had to pick one I’d probably have to go with Jokulsarlon. Those glaciers are just amazing. I loved stopping along the way and taking pics on the road too – everything was just so picturesque.

  • Rashmi and Chalukya
    Posted at 20:31h, 15 January Reply

    Iceland is beyond dream, every picture seems surreal. The picturesque landscapes are unbeatable and driving through these must be an amazing experience. Vatnajökull Glacier and the ice caves are stunningly beautiful. Hope we could make to it someday soon.

  • finja
    Posted at 21:48h, 15 January Reply

    Omg, your photographs look so amazing!! Can’t get over them. The black sand and than you licking the ice. Such natural beauty found there, really want to go some day. Growing up, iceland ponys have been one of my favourites… 🙂 Have a lovely week ahead!

  • Harsh Gupta
    Posted at 10:51h, 16 January Reply

    My god, those waterfalls! You are a lucky one – the photographs have turned out amazingly well. Iceland is my dream destination!

  • Amanda Tran | LVV Travel
    Posted at 11:36h, 16 January Reply

    All of my fave spots too! Loved Iceland too much and love your pics!

  • Ling Ge
    Posted at 21:57h, 16 January Reply

    Loved all of those places, but I didn’t get to see Dyrhólaey because the weather was TERRIBLE!! When we got to the top, the fog was so heavy that you could not see anything around you, so all we saw was the lighthouse up there…NEXT TIME! Really great photos!

  • Allison
    Posted at 07:05h, 17 January Reply

    What stunning photos! Iceland looks wonderful. I love all the waterfalls and the ice cave looks spectacular. Iceland is now on my bucket list.

  • Natalie
    Posted at 17:14h, 17 January Reply

    Iceland is the new hottest place thanks to the free stop overs I’m reading about! I love the names of things in Iceland…they look like a mouthful! We love learning a few words and phrases of a language before we visit to help interact with the locals and get more of a flavor of the destination!

  • Emily
    Posted at 11:15h, 18 January Reply

    I’m going on an Iceland road trip with my family later this year and we are so excited! I’ve pinned your post as I don’t want to miss any of these places. I also can’t believe you swam in the icy lagoon – I don’t think I’ll be doing that even in August!

  • Nastja
    Posted at 12:13h, 19 January Reply

    Wooow!! These photos are amazing! I just can’t wait to visit Iceland. That’s a great selection of beautiful places! I’m gonna bookmark this article so that i can check it again when i’m finally gonna travel there!

  • Marlies
    Posted at 21:17h, 25 January Reply

    Your pictures look amazing! I have visited Iceland before but I didn’t do the self drive. I hope to do this one day and see more. Vatnajökull Glacier will definitely be on my list!

  • Antara
    Posted at 14:03h, 26 January Reply

    You make Iceland look even more beautiful with your pics and description!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 11:26h, 09 June Reply

    Great post and amazing pictures!!

    • Nuria Vidal
      Posted at 11:27h, 09 June Reply

      Thanks so much! Icelands such an incredible place 🙂

  • Joan Cajic
    Posted at 12:17h, 09 June Reply

    I need to up my travelling game, Iceland looks like a very beautiful place and a must visit. The glacier caves are really breathtaking I can imagine how they looked up close just wow. Thank you for sharing.

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