Icelandic South Coast Tour
After our late night getting back around 2am after exploring the shoreline and hunting for the Northern Lights, we rallied and woke up early yet again to catch the bus for our South Coast Adventure from Gateway to Iceland, our last tour planned for this trip. Although we had driven past many of the main south coast sights on our way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon previously, we would now have the time to stop and see some more hidden gems of waterfalls and black sand beaches.
Our first stop was Skógafoss, an extremely tall waterfall that cascaded down into a small pool against a backdrop of bright green moss and rock. A few minutes after our arrival, a rainbow appeared and made for some amazing pictures.
A walking path allowed us to get up close near the top of the waterfall, where we saw two more rainbows and could peer down into the pool of water way below us.
We then made our way to Myrdalsjökull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland that sits atop the Katla volcano. At the glacial tongue called Sólheimajökull, our guide sadly informed us once again that the ice was melting at such a rapid pace due to global warming.
The southern coastal town of Vík was our next stop, where we got to explore a black sand beach and admire the sea stacks off the coast. Our guide informed us that the town’s quaint little church with a recognizable red roof is the meeting point in case of a volcanic eruption necessitating evacuation.
We then visited another black sand beach called Reynisfjara that was surrounded by high cliffs and formations in the rock around huge caves that allowed easy access for climbing.
The basalt columns off the coast were beautiful as well and legend has it that the basalt columns were formed when trolls got turned to stone while they were in the ocean.
The bus took us over to some hills overlooking the same black sand beach and we were able to spot puffins nesting on the nearby rocks!
A mini detour led us to a tiny cave in the side of a cliff that used to be used for herding sheep, but was now a beautiful, secluded cave covered in vibrant green vines.
Our final stop, Seljalandsfoss, was incredible – it’s a massive waterfall that flows over a cave so you’re able to walk completely behind and all around the waterfall (getting pretty wet from the water spraying everywhere in the process).