Iceland’s south coast is breathtaking. There isn’t many places you can visit waterfalls, lava fields covered in moss, black sand beaches, picturesque villages and glaciers all in one day. In Iceland you can do just that, and all of these sites are located just off the main Ring Road. We had the best time roadtripping in Iceland last winter and the day we travelled from Þingvellir to near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon was one of our favourites as it was jam-packed with stunning scenery!
From our cabin in Þingvellir National Park, we headed south stopping at beautiful Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. It was then time for lunch and we decided Vik would be the perfect place to stop!
At Vik we had lunch and went for a stroll along the most famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara. The beach has pure black sand and is incredibly picturesque.
Be super careful though as the sea is really rough and there are often freak (or sneaker) waves. Sadly, some people have been washed out to sea and drowned so please, please be careful and don’t get too close to the waves. Some waves came more than half way up the beach and people had to run from the water.
Our next stop was in the middle of some beautiful lava fields which were covered in moss! The moss is so bright and green and apparently takes decades to grow, and can easily be destroyed by people walking on it. Be sure to stick to the paths and you’ll be able to wander between the beautiful mossy landscapes.
A very high percentage (apparently over 50%) of Icelandic people believe in elves and it is easy to see how these lava fields covered in moss could be little elvish villages!
As the sun started to quickly set, it was time to get to our hotel. We drove across beautiful waterways and past stunning glaciers.
The glaciers we saw were all glacial tongues of Vatnajökull Glacier (the largest glacier in Europe).
We couldn’t help but stop to take a few pictures of some of the beautiful glaciers! There honestly is nothing like the blue of glacier ice, it is one of the most breathtaking things you will ever see.
Iceland’s south coast is spectacular. It is rugged and breathtakingly beautiful and to be able to see stunning waterfalls, lava fields covered in moss, black sand beaches and bright blue glaciers all in one day is just incredible!