Exploring the South Coast

So my next big day trip is a tour of the South Coast with beaches, volcanoes and glaciers on the cards theres plenty of variety in the south. Unlike the tour of Monday which was a super deluxe 50 person coach, today’s transport is a rickety old mini bus and there are 5 of us. Slight difference.

Its a long drive to the south coast, in fact two hours from Reykjavik before our first stop but its a famous one…or should that be infamous?  Eyjafjallajökull and that farm that was always on the news in 2011 when all the European flights were grounded.


Next on the agenda is another of those Icelandic waterfall: Skógafoss.

From here we drive on further and eventually reach the black beaches regions which I find much prettier. We stop at  Dyrhólaey with views over the beach and of the Reynisdrangar rock columns. Very photogenic seascapes and lots of weird volcanic rock forms for me to play about on – what more could you want.

Dyrholaey with the Reynisdrangar rocks in the background

As short drive on and we stop for lunch in the town of Vik which is famous for its impending doom. When the volcano Katla behind it erupts the glacier currently covering it will melt so fast it will cause an instant flash flood and wash out the town. But if they detect it a siren will go off and everyone has 20mins to get from wherever they are to the safety of the church on the hill. Apparently there are practises on regular occasions as it is not a case of if the volcano erupts but when. What a fun place to live.

Black beaches of Vik and the Reynisdrangar rocks

After a lunch break, that for me was far to long, we head out to the bit I’ve been looking forward to most – the glacier. We’re visiting Sölheimajökull which is an offshoot or “glacier tongue” of the Mýrdalsjökull Ice Cap. (if you can pronounce either I’ll buy you a cake). Its not a long drive but a very bumpy off road one and then a very windy walk to get to the edge of the glacier but once I’m on it, its actually not cold at all. It is however, pretty grubby as its covered in a layer of volcanic ash.

Standing on a glacier that’s covered in volcanic ash. Only in Iceland eh?

Last stop on the way home is another waterfall. This time Seljalandsfoss where you can even wander behind it though as I found out this means getting quite wet.



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