Iceland is a country known for its extreme beauty and natural wonders; glaciers, active volcanoes, black-sand beaches, geothermal lagoons and majestic waterfalls. Many of these sites lie along the Southern Coast of the country, between Reykjavik and the region surrounding Vatnajökull Glacier. While there are countless sites to explore in this region, we’ve compiled a list of not-to-be-missed places when visiting Iceland’s Southern coast!
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
A 5-hour drive from Reykavík lies Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s deepest lake (the maximum depth is 248 metres). Filled with icebergs, this lagoon has become one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. It’s also been used as a filming location for many movies including Interstellar, Batman Begins and the James Bond films Die Another Day and A View to a Kill.
Fed directly by two glaciers, Skogafoss is situated at the cliffs of what was once the coastline. The magnificent falls drop more than 60 metres and can be seen by walking to the base of the falls or by climbing a staircase up the side for an aerial view.
Not far from Skogafoss lies Seljalandsfoss. This waterfall is unique because during the summer months you can follow the trail to the backside of the falls and take in a full 360-degree view. If you plan to wander behind the waterfall, be sure to wear your rain jacket and other waterproof clothing!
Adjacent to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s popular Diamond Beach, a black sand beach dotted with crystal clear ice blocks that wash up from the lagoon.
Though it’s not on the Southern coast, Iceland’s famed “Golden Waterfall” lies within the Southern region of the country and is a site so stunning, it simply should not be missed!
This National Park is a geological paradise. Walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates (you can even snorkel along this fissure!), soak in the striking landscapes, scattered with lava rock remnants and observe the natural Geysir.
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