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Witness captivating nature on this Iceland south coast tour.
Allow us to take you on an Iceland south coast tour in this short travel video. You’ll witness enchanting scenery and brilliant natural views of waterfalls, black sand beaches, and even the remnants of a plane crash.
How to Spend 4 Days in Iceland
If you’re interested in embarking on an Iceland south coast tour, you’ll likely start in Reykjavik after flying into the country. After spending a day in Reykjavik, we ventured out on a two week road trip of Iceland. Even if you don’t have two weeks, you can still easily see the southern coast of Iceland. I recommend spending one day in Reykjavik, one day exploring the Golden Circle (check out our video of the Golden Circle), one day venturing out to the south of Iceland, and the last day visiting the Snaefellsness Peninsula in west Iceland. You’ll cover a lot of ground and view some incredible scenery in four days.
Naturally, if you’re looking to spend two weeks like we did, I recommend that you read all of our Iceland travel articles for valuable information about our trip. After all, Iceland is one happy nation and happiness must be contagious as we were filled with joy as we drove around the Ring Road.
Iceland South Coast Tour
From Reykjavik to the Golden Circle and to the south coast of Iceland, we admired stunning view after stunning view. It’s best to rent a car and take a self drive tour to travel around Iceland on your own terms. You can spend as much or as little time at any natural attraction. Furthermore, you can stop anywhere you like along the way. You might find yourself pulling over every five minutes to take more photographs as you’ll see beautiful scenes around every turn.
Seljalandsfoss is a famous waterfall with a 60-metre drop. It’s possible to walk behind the waterfall. Be sure to bring your rain jacket! Gljúfrabúi is a secret waterfall in the same area as Seljalandsfoss. It has a cute name, “the one who lives in the canyon”. You can view this waterfall by walking through a narrow entrance in the Franskanef Cliff. Lastly, Skogafoss is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland it’s very easy to visit off the Ring Road. From the base of the waterfall, there is a staircase built into the side of the mountain. We hiked up to the top of the waterfall for amazing views of the coastal lowlands and the Icelandic highlands.
Turf Houses Of Drangshlid
The turf house tradition in Iceland dates back to the settlement days of the 9th century. The turf houses at Drangshlíð are currently being preserved and eventually, restored. There were a few old homes built into the hillside, with grass and turf comprising the roofs.
Crashed Plane Site
The Sólheimasandur plane crash site is a popular spot in the south of Iceland. In 1973, a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane had to make a crash landing due to extreme icing. Fortunately, everyone survived the plane crash. The wreckage remains near the Sólheimasandur black sand beach. There’s a large parking lot off the side of the road. The walk to the plane crash takes about 45 minutes. Witnessing the crumbled wreckage of this small plane is well worth the trek.
Vik Black Sand Beach
Justin and I explored the dramatic black sand beach of Reynisfjara near the town of Vik, which is a stop you must make on your Iceland south coast tour. We admired the views from the peak before trekking down to the adjacent Kirkjufiara Beach to put our own footprints in the sand. Deep blue waters, tiny black pebbles, and distant rock formations will surely dazzle you.
Interested to see more photos from the southern coast of Iceland? Check out our South of Iceland travel photo album.
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