The land of fire and ice, Iceland is an otherworldly country with astronomically diverse landscapes. Find yourself in a blizzard within the depths of the mountains one day and exploring a sunny beach the next.
A lifetime could be spent discovering every square inch of untouched nature Iceland has to offer. For now, we are going to delve into the south coast and the sights you simply cannot miss.
Remember when that volcanic eruption disrupted flights across Europe? Behold the mammoth responsible for the chaos. The mountain itself is a mesmerizing sight to see and knowing the volcano is still active will make you appreciate the power of Mother Nature even more.
A stop along the southern route of Iceland will provide stunning views of the volcanic backdrop overlooking peaceful farmlands.
Stop alongside Route 1 and feel the midst of gorgeous Iceland waterfalls against your face. Seljalandsfoss may be the main attraction at this pit stop, but there are several streams of water tumbling from the cliff above. Walk along the route to count the waterfalls before getting up close and personal with Seljalandsfoss.
Unless it is encased in ice, the walking path will take you behind the majestic waterfall for unbelievable pictures.
Summer or winter, the mighty Skógafoss is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland and definitely the most spellbinding image in all of Iceland. This massive waterfall dumps tons of water from the Skógá River and peacefully flows again after the tumble. Walk up to this marvelous work of nature and look just right to see the rainbow shimmering over the cascading water. Whether you prefer the icy tundra of a half-frozen Skógafoss or the intense rush of the water surrounded by green summer pastures, it is a breathtaking sight.
For more outrageous views, climb the stairway to the top of the hill for aerial shots of Skógafoss and the nearby coastline.
Go for a stroll along this enthralling black sand beach. Images of Reynisfjara have spread globally and it is easy to imagine why when seeing it for your own eyes. The black sand beneath your feet, mysterious rock formations just off the coast, basalt columns, and waves of the north Atlantic create a surreal environment.
Reynisfjara is beautiful, but she is also fierce. The turbulent waves have been known to suck unsuspecting visitors into the rough waters of the Atlantic.
A dreamlike spot on Reynisfjara to relax and listen to the sounds of the ocean is the opening underneath a jagged rock formation adjacent to the captivating basalt columns.
Nestled along the other side of the geologic barrier is the rural village of Vik. The serenity of this cozy seaside town is unmatched as its residents look out to sea. Walk the quaint streets of this tranquil village or hike around the area for views of a lifetime.
Not Ready to Go Back?
The journey does not have to stop there, spend the night in Vik by exploring the scenery under the Midnight Sun or the dancing Northern Lights.
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