South Coast of Iceland

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The South Coast of Iceland is the most easily accessible part of the country's southern region. It is found along the Ring Road (Route 1), which encircles Iceland. The area is made up of diverse landscapes; marshlands, bays, cultivated pastures, estuaries and black sand deserts. When driving the South Coast route from Reykjavík city, the first major features are the two great waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. These waterfalls sit beneath the notorious subglacial volcano, Eyjafjallajökull.

The Dyrhólaey cliffs are next, home to many seabirds. You can stand on an enormous rock arch which you can marvel at from many angles.

Adjacent to the village of Vík is the famous black-sand beach or Reynisfjara, which is home to basalt columns and the Reynisdrangar rock formations. Even though this area is beautiful, it is notorious for its dangerous sneaker waves. Even on seemingly calm and still days, visitors should keep a distance from the shoreline.

What do I need to bring

Warm clothes and rain coats.

Icelandic weather can be unpredictable and change in a short amount of time.

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