The ultimate Iceland road trip: The South Coast

South Coast, Iceland

You've opened your advent calendar right? RIGHT?! It's a bloody good job Christmas is around the corner cos I am grumpy af atm. Someone just come and take away all my responsibilities. Please and thank you. In the meantime, I'm gonna keep writing posts about Iceland cos it gives me an excuse to look at photos of waterfalls.

Right, so, second part of this road trip (Golden Circle section here), and we're now heading to the south coast.

Stop 5: Seljalandsfoss waterfall (the one you can walk behind)

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland

Yep, you can walk behind a waterfall. Is that not incentive enough to go pay a visit to this babe? You don’t come out resembling a drowned rat but I would still recommend waterproof trousers if you have them (which I didn’t lolz). There’s a little cafĂ© (I recommend the smoothies) here so you can enjoy a picnic (if you’re going during the summer that is) in front of the waterfall, which falls over a mini cliff face. And then you can edge your way under the cliff face and around the back of the water which roars in your ears and soaks your jeans. Utterly amazing.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland

Stop 6: Reynisfijara beach 

Reynisfijara beach, south coast, Iceland

Technically, stop seven is closer to stop five, but we drove on to Reynisfijara beach so we could break up some of the journey on the way back by stopping at Skogafoss and it worked for us.

If you were going to imagine an Icelandic beach, this would probably be it. Volcanic, black pebbles with a glacier (man I wanted to go on that glacier) looming in the background. Mind blowing.

This particular beach is also famous for its unique, naturally formed rock sculptures. Some are in the sea, some hang over the sea and there’s an amazing sculptured cliff face and cave actually on the beach for you to check out and use up your camera memory over.

Reynisfijara beach, south coast, Iceland
Reynisfijara beach, south coast, Iceland
Reynisfijara beach, south coast, Iceland

 Stop 7: Skogafoss waterfall (the one with the rainbows)

Skogafoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland

This is what you might call a classic waterfall, in that it’s a complete vertical drop. This creates a crazy amount of spray so that, when the sun comes out, you can see all these rainbows in the mist. It was absolutely stunning. It was amazing to get up close to the bottom of a sixty foot waterfall (again, the spray) and fascinating to feel the temperature drop the closer you got. In terms of picture-taking, this was probably my favourite waterfall and I could have sat and watched it all day.

Skogafoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Skogafoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Skogafoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland
Skogafoss waterfall, south coast, Iceland


Iceland, you babe. <3

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