We chose the South Coast Classic sightseeing tour through When in Iceland which handles small groups. And we were happy with this choice as we didn't have to deal with a bus full of people.
When basaltic lava starts to cool from within, it contracts and fractures, forming hexagonal columns like these ones on Reynisfjara beach. They look deceptively man made.
|Black pebble beach and Dyrhólaey Peninsula|
Climate change is chillingly real in South Iceland. Sólheimajökull glacier has retreated a kilometer between 1930 and 2010. And the ice is measurably thinner than in previous years.
The beauty of Seljalandsfoss can be observed behind the cascades. You can walk behind it if you're not afraid to get a little wet. There are two smaller waterfalls in the area that can be explored. In this part of the country, you don't have to look far to find a waterfall.
Skógafoss exudes power as it plunges 60 meters down the side of the cliff. The cascade is an impressive 25 meters in width. There is an interesting legend about a hidden treasure chest in a cave behind the falls. It was left by a Viking settler named Þrasi. It has yet to be found though the handle of the chest was pulled out by some locals and is now on display at a museum nearby.
I wish I could have spent more time in South Iceland. We had a full day exploring its attractions yet there were many that we missed. All the more reason to pay another visit in the near future.
Where to stay:
Foss Hotel Baron
Baronsstigur 2-4, Reykjavik
The hotel is located across from the sea and a 24/7 grocery store is conveniently located behind it.
When in Iceland
Images by TravelswithCharie