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Iceland Road Trip (South)

In my opinion the south part of Iceland has the most attractions and also some of the best. It’s quite convenient as you can make day trips from Reykjavik to these places if you don’t have the time to do the ring road.

Seljalandsfoss 

Probably one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. This waterfall is very unique as you can walk behind it. If you want to walk behind it you should wear some waterproof trousers and jacket as you can get wet from all the mist. Also wear sturdy shoes as it can get slippery.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljavallalaug pool

It was on my bucket list to visit this place for a long time, so I was happy when I could finally cross it off. You need to come off road number 1 onto 242. This is going to be a bumpy ride now to the parking lot, but trust me it will be worth it! It takes about 15 minutes to get to the pool from the parking lot. The hike itself was really pretty as well. Mountains, rivers and waterfalls were all surrounding us. When we arrived we got changed in one of the changing rooms. Now this is not a 5 star hotel in terms of facilities, but the pool does have a 5 star hotel view. The changing rooms were all dirty and men and women got changed in the same room. The pool itself is not regularly maintained, locals clean it once a year during summer. When we were there the ground was covered with algaes. It was built in 1923 and was the first pool which was used for swimming lessons. The pool is 25m long and about 10m wide. The water comes from a natural hot spring in the area. As it was a cold and rainy day the water felt nice and warm. We spent about 30 minutes swimming in the pool, then head back to the parking lot. Highly recommend this place!

Seljavallalaug pool Seljavallalaug pool

Skógafoss 

Awesome place to have a new facebook profile picture taken! This waterfall just looks epic. According the a legend there is treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. A wooden stairway brings you to a viewing platform on the top. There is a long hike beginning from here, which we had to miss out on, due to lacking time. There is a camp site here, which could be ideal if you want to have the waterfall all to yourself or snap a sunset, sunrise picture.

Skógafoss

Reynisdrangar

Some rock pillars out in the sea near Vik. This is a great stop because you can walk on the Black Sand Beach. You can even enter some caves underneath the pillars. We were there on a sunny, relatively calm day, but I read articles of tourist dying there as the waves were so powerful and they swept people out to the ocean!

Reynisdrangar Reynisdrangar Reynisdrangar

Vík

We spent the night in the camping in Vík. We had a lovely view to the church which looked stunning during sun set. I can’t think of a better place to set up camp.

Vík Vík

Svartifoss

I loved Svartifoss from the pictures even before I saw it in person. It just looks unique because of the basalt columns around it. You can hike up to the waterfall in less than an hour. It wasn’t very busy, probably because it makes a bit of an effort to hike up, unlike Dettifoss or Gulfoss. There is a nice view to a windy river on your way back. There is an information centre and restaurant at the parking lot. We had lunch there and their soup portion was enormous.

Svartifoss 12

Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon

You don’t get to experience walking up this close to ice bergs everyday. You can book a boat ride in the lagoon as well. If you are lucky you can even see some seals in the water.

 Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon

Hof

We spent the night in the camping in Hof. Very pretty camp site by a lake with mountain views. There is a small hill you can walk up to and go on a small stroll.

Hof campsite Hof campsite

Read my other article about the Golden Circle,East Iceland and usefel tips before travelling to Iceland.

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15 comments

  1. Your photos are simply breathtaking! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. AHA so that’s where these photos come from! How long were you in Iceland for this trip? The Svartifoss waterfall looks super unique, so I’m wondering how long you spend to fit this all in!

  3. Iceland is absolutely amazing! I am seriously in love with your pictures. Thank you for this detailed guide!

  4. Your photos are gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to camp in Iceland so it is great to see that it so achievable and there are so many beautiful places that you are allowed to stop at. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looks like it was a wonderful adventure!

  6. Iceland is just STUNNING! I always look at the pics and dream about going there. The nature is unbelievably beautiful. Also I like the Cherburashka there, haha

  7. I’m so happy I came across this!! I’m doing Golden Circle and South Coast tours of Iceland in 2 weeks…I can’t wait!! You’re pics look awesome. I hope I can get my new facebook profile picture in front of one of these amazing waterfalls :)

  8. Your pics are gorgeous and really inspire me to go visit Iceland, not that I’ve ever NOT wanted to go. Friends of mine recently did an Off Road driving tour in Iceland, and the footage was incredible. I’m not jealous, I’m not jealous, I’m not jealous…sigh.

  9. Such beautiful photos of an interesting landscape. I especially enjoyed the sunset in Vik!

  10. I feel like it’s hard not to get a good photo of Iceland! The landscape is absolutely breathtaking there! I would love to visit Seljavallalaug pool. Natural hotsprings would definitely be a highlight of the trip for me! The black sand beach also sounds so cool to see. I’ve seen white and red sand beaches, so this would be something completely different for me!

  11. We went to Iceland last spring, it was really amazing! Thank so much for your work and info! It was my second time i have visited Iceland but after reading your inspiration and want to jump on the plane again.

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