Southern Iceland, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Southern Iceland is also a very popular destination as it has many attraction that are easily accessible by two-wheel drive cars. Iceland is known for its impressive waterfalls, there is a new one around every corner.

Some of the most spectacular ones in the south include Seljalandsfoss, a 60 meter waterfall you can walk behind, you might want to wear some wet weather clothes as you will get wet from the spray. Another great waterfall is Skógafoss, also a 60 meter drop that can be viewed from the top and bottom, and finally Svartifoss, this waterfall is amazing as it is surrounded by dark lava columns.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is another must-see with its huge basalt columns, black sand, and spectacular panoramic views. For those of you that aren’t afraid of a bit of walking I would recommend paying a visit to Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck, the site of the 1973 wreckage of a US Navy DC3, don’t worry everyone survived! It is about a 45 minute to an hour walk of nothingness, the terrain is flat and not very scenic and you will feel like you’ve walked for hours until finally you see the plane coming into view on the horizon and the journey is worth it.

One of my favourite places was Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon which is approximately 100 m deep and 2 km long, there is a path that runs along the top of the canyon, trust me, these views will take your breath away, be sure to pack your camera. The final attraction I would like to tell you about on the south coast is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you can watch large glaciers slowly make their way out to sea. Just around the corner you will find Diamond beach, given its name because as the glaciers travel out to the ocean smaller pieces of ice wash up on the shore and sparkle like diamonds on the beach, it’s a beautiful sight.

***Photos are provided by our respected Colleague Mr Warren Duncan

October 31, 2018

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