7 Spectacular Sights to See in South Iceland
Iceland is the destination for all nature lovers, wave watchers and anyone seeking an adventure. I will admit I started genuinely noticing how beautiful Iceland was after seeing it appear on Instagram. The majestic waterfalls, black sanded beaches, and the ascetically pleasing natural landscape left me transfixed with its splendour. I recently spent seven days on a road trip exploring the land of fire and ice. In this post, I will share with you some fantastic photography locations and tips for exploring South Iceland.
1. Fjaorargljulfur Canyon
From the parking lot, it is a short 10-minute trek to the first view of the canyon. A well-maintained path along the edge allows you to look at the serpentine-like river below simultaneously until you reach the first aspect.
2. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
It is worth it to spend some time here and admire the impressive ice sculptures. The sight is fascinating on its own, and even more with the icebergs that contain ash from volcanic eruptions against the luminous-blue water.
Dyrhólaey literally means “the hill island with the door hole.”
Iceland is the breeding ground for 60% of the worlds Atlantic puffins. This is one of the locations where they can be found early April until September each year. It is a sheer drop from the edge of the cliff, so don’t look over if you are afraid of heights. At the same time, the view of the waves crashing onto the shore is utterly mesmerizing.
4. Kirkjufjara Beach
East of Dyrhólaey arch is this beach. There are many warnings of the tide turning lethal in seconds if you are physically on the beach when the tide is high. The best view is a safe distance, elevation and also provides many photo opportunities.
In Iceland, “WC” is the understood term for the washroom and you will see it labeled as such. There is a washroom onsite with a 200 ISK entry per person.
5. Reynisdrangar Black Sand Beach
This beach is considered one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world in 1991. With its legends, lava formations and black sand, this impressive view should be on your list of sights to see.
6. Solheimasandur Plane Wreck
With the newly created parking lot, it will be easy to park your car and walk the 4km round trip to the plane.
The path to the wrecked DC-3 Plane is marked with reflective poles to guide your way. Unfortunately, it takes a while before it comes into view. I suggest wearing layers and comfortable shoes suitable for the terrain. I have seen photos where it has been a favourite destination to view the Northern Lights. However, I would recommend visiting the day where there are some sun and no rain or wind. As the terrain is very flat, it would be disastrous if the wind blew you over and there was no one there to call for help.
The water inside the crater does not accumulate by rain or snowfall but groundwater. The current pool of water at the bottom is at the same level as the water table. There’s a path surrounding the rim and into the slopes, for visitors to walk around and take in the enchanting aquamarine water against the red rock.
It is rare to see an admission fee. However, this location you need to pay an entrance fee. It is 400 ISK per person.
Iceland is a magical place to explore and immerse yourself with nature. In any season, the sights will not disappoint!