Iceland: The South Coast

Favourite Experiences:

  • Cruising through the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Climbing behind the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Exploring the black sand beach in Vík

On my last day in Iceland, I went on a fifteen-hour tour with Gray Line called South Coast and Glacier Lagoon. Although this was by far my longest day, it was also one of my favourites. The scenery along Iceland’s south coast is amazing, and despite the fact that this tour involved a lot of driving time, the views from the window on the bus were worth it. My day included stops at Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Vík, and Seljalandsfoss. A definite highlight included in this tour was a glacial cruise in the lagoon where I could get up close to glacial icebergs. This cruise is weather dependent (so not guaranteed) but if you get the chance to get out into the lagoon, take it. The glacier guides are wonderful and let you hold, and even eat, pieces of thousand-year-old ice. Another highlight was climbing behind the beautiful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Keep in mind that you will get soaked on your climb behind the waterfall, so bring a change of clothes or make this your last activity of the day (as our tour did). The waterfall is west-facing, so it is perfect for a sunset climb. Below are some of my favourite photos from my day along Iceland’s south coast:

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Views of Vatnajökull Glacier from the road

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Skógafoss Waterfall

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Rainbow at the base of Skógafoss Waterfall

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River at the base of Skógafoss running towards the coast

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Passing by mountainside farms headed east on the Ring Road

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The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Amazing!!

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Cruising through the glacier lagoon is an amazing experience!

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Fun fact: the blue icebergs in the glacier lagoon mean they have recently flipped over!

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Taking in the Jökusárlón Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajökull Glacier in the background

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The adorable town of Vík at sunset

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The black sand beach at Vík at sunset (when the winds are high!)

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I saw a lot of waterfalls on my trip, but Seljalandsfoss was my #1 favourite because you can climb behind it!

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Beautiful views of Seljalandsfoss from behind the falls, be prepared to get wet!

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The path behind the falls is a bit slippery, but completely worth it!

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Every angle behind the falls is worth a picture

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Other brave souls getting soaked behind Seljalandsfoss!

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