Explore the Top 10 Most Spectacular Locations in Iceland
When visiting Iceland South Coast, there are a few must-see sights not to be missed. From glaciers and waterfalls to black sand beaches, there’s plenty here for everyone to enjoy!
Seljalandsfoss is one of the most beloved South Coast attractions, but this waterfall also hides an unexpected gem: Gljufrabui.
1. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, situated in Vatnajokull National Park, is an unmissable attraction on any trip to Iceland. With its vibrant blue icebergs, you won’t want to miss this must-visit spot during your vacation there!
Visit various viewpoints around the lake or take a zodiac boat tour to get closer to these majestic ice chunks. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot seals sunbathing on one of their bergs!
2. Diamond Beach
Diamond Beach is a black volcanic sand beach near Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where chunks of ice from Breidamerkurjokull glacier drift ashore and slowly erode away.
Diamond Beach in Iceland features chunks of ice that sparkle like diamonds against the dark, black sands. It is one of the most photogenic sights in all of Europe, making it a must-see for any visitor to this stunning destination.
3. Reynisfjara Beach
Reynisfjara, located on Iceland’s south coast, is one of the country’s most iconic black sand beaches. It’s a photographer’s paradise with unique basalt columns, sea caves and rock formations set against an unblemished background of black sand.
Reynisfjara Beach is not only a picturesque photo spot, but it’s also home to some of Iceland’s most stunning sea stacks. According to folklore, these moss-covered basalt stacks were formed when two trolls attempted to drag a ship onto land before sunrise.
4. Gljufrabui Waterfall
Gljufrabui, or Canyon Dweller, is a waterfall located on the south coast of Iceland near Seljalandsfoss. While it doesn’t receive quite as much attention as its more famous neighbor, Gljufrabui should still be added to your list of things to do when visiting Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss is another breathtaking waterfall that offers visitors an awe-inspiring experience. However, it can be somewhat difficult to access so it’s best to visit during off-peak season.
5. Solheimasandur Black Beach
One of Iceland’s most stunning stops on the South Coast is Solheimasandur Black Beach. Derived from Katla volcano, this black sand beach offers incredible views of Myrdalsjokull glacier and Eyjafjallajokull glacier on clear days.
With some planning and the right gear, exploring the wreckage of a plane that crashed on this black sand beach can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
6. Skogar Museum
Skogar Museum was established in 1949 and houses an unparalleled collection of regional artifacts curated by Thordur Tomasson.
This museum provides a fascinating look into Icelandic life, illustrating how people lived in an economically depressed nation. It boasts an impressive collection of folk relics and turf houses, as well as a model turf-house village.
7. Kvernufoss Waterfall
Kvernufoss is one of Iceland’s most stunning waterfalls, situated a short distance east of Skogafoss and one of only a few that you can actually walk behind!
You can visit Skogar Museum by parking your car near the trailhead on your left and taking a short 15-20 minute hike uphill.
8. Ingolfshofdi Cape
Cape Ingolfshofdi (also known as Super DC-3 plane wreck) is an intriguing natural attraction on South Iceland. Your tour begins with a hay cart ride over water, marshes and sand before enjoying an hour-long hike around the cape.
South Iceland’s countryside is a striking combination of geological beauty and majestic grandeur, featuring massive cliff faces that defy gravity as they have been sculpted by receding sea levels, volcanoes, and the movement of Reykjanes Ridge.
LAVACentre, situated between three of Iceland’s most prominent volcanoes – Hekla, Katla and Eyjafjallajokull – is one of the country’s most remarkable geological attractions. This cutting-edge interactive museum brings alive the powerful forces that created Iceland and continue to shape our planet today.
Visitors get a crash course in volcanology while experiencing the extreme forces associated with volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Designed by Basalt Architects and Gagarin, it’s an immersive multimedia experience like no other.
10. Icelandic Lava Show
Experience an extraordinary event at The Icelandic Lava Show: get up close and personal with the fiery force that created our world through molten lava flowing, hear its sizzle, and feel its heat radiating from it!
Vik, Norway hosts the captivating Lava Show – the brainchild of Julius and Ragnhildur Jonsson. Motivated by Fimmvorduhals volcano’s 2010 eruption, they wanted to provide people with a safe and educational way to experience the intense heat of molten lava up close.