South Iceland – the land of the waterfalls. One beautiful and impressive waterfall after another one, including for the waterfalls Urriðafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Svartifoss, and Öxaráfoss. Me, and some four other girls, decided to rent a car and to explore the south coast of Iceland over a weekend.
The first day included the Urriðafoss waterfall, the famous waterfall Seljalandsfoss, the airplance wrack, and the Fimmvörðuháls waterfall. On the second day we went to the Glacier Lagoon, and the post for that will be published soon too. Before driving back to our accomendation, we stopped at Skaftafell too and hiked to the Svartifoss waterfall. On the third and last day we went to the Golden Circle, which I already saw mostly. However, new for me was the crater lake and the waterfall Öxaráfoss at the Thing.
It is a waterfall in Þjórsá, Iceland’s longest river, and the most voluminous waterfall within the country. The surrounding is a lava field and it is planned to build a hydropower station on the lowest part in the future.
The most famous waterfall on the south coast is the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It is 60 meters high and you can go behind it with a foot path at the bottom of the cliff. The waterfall has its origin in the volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010 and disrupted and cancelled flights all over the world.
Little tip: walk a little bit farther and walk into a cave to see the waterfall Gljufrabui, the „secret watefall“.
Of all the spots we saw, this was by far the most disappointing one. I really recommend you to think twice about going there. It is like a hour walk through stone dessert and the plane is usually covered with humans. There is nothing more there than the airplane wrack, stones, and a bunch of tourists on one single spot.
The waterfall was one of my favorites, pretty empty, too. It is located between the Seljalandsfoss and the airplane wrack. The waterfall is part of the Fimmvörðuháls area, which is known for its hiking trails and the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers.
We were lucky to be there shortly before the sunset and got a great view with the sun behind the mountains.
Skaftafell and watefall Svartifoss
That area was by far my favorite. We were lucky to be there right during the autumn color time and it was magically. Since we had good weather, we were able to see the mountain Kristínartindar and the glacier Skaftafellsjökull too.
The Svartifoss is famous for its columnar jointing formations
The Black Sand Beach
I did not get to see much of it, because it was almost dark but we got to see the beautiful late sunset. It is a popular stop because of the basalt sea stacks, called Reynisdrangar. It is near the village Vik.
Crater lake Kerið
The crater lake is a private sight seeing spot and hence there is a admission fee. It is 55 meter deep and the crater itself is about 3ooo years old.
The waterfall is one of the spots, I did not see on my Golden Circle tour. The buses usually stop on the other end of the Thing.