ICELAND - To The South

After four days in the north of Iceland (click to read the part one HERE), our road trip is taking us in a new direction. Bye bye, good weather, hello to the cloudy and windy south coast. Pity, that the South is the adventure-richest part of Iceland and we had such a bad luck with weather. Like Landmannalaugar - rainbow mountains, where we've planned to go, but it was all covered in snow and not accessible for tourists. At least we have another reason to come back to Iceland again!

Where we went, what we did:

Day 5

Day of glaciers! Went to Jökulsárlón - the glacial river lagoon in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. However, we had bad luck with the weather. It was very windy and cloudy and we missed the amphibian boat, and unfortunately, we hadn't had more time to wait to another boat. (next time !!)

Went to Skaftafell National Park, and see Svartifoss waterfall, one of Skaftafell's best known attractions, mainly for the basalt column walls that flank it.

Day 6

Visited the Reynisfjara beach, near the village of Vik, on the South Coast, very popular for the black sand and basalt columns.

Went to Dyrhólaey, the small peninsula located on the south coast

Saw the abandoned DC plane wreck on Sólheimasandur

Saw the Skógafoss waterfall, situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland

Explored the hidden beauty of Gljúfrabúi waterfall

Walked behind the Seljalandsfoss, 60 meters high waterfall with a foot path behind it

Day 7

Joined the The Golden Circle, a popular tourist route in the South Iceland

Explored Geysir, the Þingvellir national park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and Öxarárfoss waterfall (because day without a waterfall on Iceland, doesn't count!)

Day 8

All day long hike from the Hjálparfoss waterfall, situated in the lava fields north of the stratovolcano Hekla, to the waterfall Háifoss

Day 9

Visited Keriða volcano crater lake located in the Grímsnes area, where Bjork held her concert 5 years ago.

Iceland is well worth the visit for sure

and if you want to enjoy your trip, I definitely recommend staying loner than a week. There are so many unique sights, from waterfalls to thermal baths, to volcanoes and glaciers, huge variety of hikes and outdoor activities that even two weeks with the everlasting sunshine of arctic days in June will definitely make you want more. The unique landscapes of this beautiful piece of Earth being torn apart between Europe and North America are a true experience for anyone who enjoys nature and can withstand an occasional gale and storm.