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7 Spectacular Sights to See in South Iceland

November 14, 2017

Iceland is the destination for all nature lovers, wave watchers and anyone seeking an adventure. I will admit I started genuinely noticing how beautiful Iceland was after seeing it appear on Instagram. The majestic waterfalls, black sanded beaches, and the ascetically pleasing natural landscape left me transfixed with its splendour. I recently spent seven days on a road trip exploring the land of fire and ice. In this post, I will share with you some fantastic photography locations and tips for exploring South Iceland.

1. Fjaorargljulfur Canyon

7 Spectacular Sights to See in South IcelandFrom the parking lot, it is a short 10-minute trek to the first view of the canyon. A well-maintained path along the edge allows you to look at the serpentine-like river below simultaneously until you reach the first aspect.

2. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

7 Spectacular Sights to See in South Iceland-1It is worth it to spend some time here and admire the impressive ice sculptures. The sight is fascinating on its own, and even more with the icebergs that contain ash from volcanic eruptions against the luminous-blue water.

3. Dyrholaey

7 Spectacular Sights to See in South IcelandDyrhólaey literally means “the hill island with the door hole.”

Iceland is the breeding ground for 60% of the worlds Atlantic puffins. This is one of the locations where they can be found early April until September each year. It is a sheer drop from the edge of the cliff, so don’t look over if you are afraid of heights. At the same time, the view of the waves crashing onto the shore is utterly mesmerizing.

4. Kirkjufjara Beach

7 Spectacular Sights to See in South IcelandEast of Dyrhólaey arch is this beach. There are many warnings of the tide turning lethal in seconds if you are physically on the beach when the tide is high. The best view is a safe distance, elevation and also provides many photo opportunities. 

In Iceland, “WC” is the understood term for the washroom and you will see it labeled as such. There is a washroom onsite with a 200 ISK entry per person.

5. Reynisdrangar Black Sand Beach

7 Spectacular Sights to See in South IcelandThis beach is considered one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world in 1991. With its legends, lava formations and black sand, this impressive view should be on your list of sights to see.

6. Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

7 Spectacular Sights to See in South Iceland

7 Spectacular Sights to See in South IcelandWith the newly created parking lot, it will be easy to park your car and walk the 4km round trip to the plane.

The path to the wrecked DC-3 Plane is marked with reflective poles to guide your way. Unfortunately, it takes a while before it comes into view. I suggest wearing layers and comfortable shoes suitable for the terrain, such as seen here. I have seen photos where it has been a favourite destination to view the Northern Lights. However, I would recommend visiting the day where there are some sun and no rain or wind. As the terrain is very flat, it would be disastrous if the wind blew you over and there was no one there to call for help.

7. Kerid

7 Spectacular Sights to See in South IcelandThe water inside the crater does not accumulate by rain or snowfall but groundwater. The current pool of water at the bottom is at the same level as the water table. There’s a path surrounding the rim and into the slopes, for visitors to walk around and take in the enchanting aquamarine water against the red rock.

It is rare to see an admission fee. However, this location you need to pay an entrance fee. It is 400 ISK per person.

Iceland is a magical place to explore and immerse yourself with nature. In any season, the sights will not disappoint!

Have you been to any of these places? I would love to hear about your experience. Let me know about them in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Michelle

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  • Karen Walden November 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Michelle! Loved this post, and the awesome photos. I am particularly keen to see the black sand beach! Iceland is not our list to see this year, but we definitely plan to visit soon. My only concern is cost, especially food costs.

    • MichelleN November 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Karen! Thank you for your kind words, it’s really appreciated. There are ways to get cheaper food like buying from the supermarket, they have pretty good sandwiches there haha. I had packed a lot of bars as well, it definitely helped with costs!

  • Rajlakshmi November 16, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    They are indeed spectacular sights. I have seen the aeroplane one in one of the popular Bollywood songs and I totally fell in love with it. Gorgeous places… Although i am going to have a hard time pronouncing the names of these places 😊

    • MichelleN November 16, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Rajlakshmi! It was a long walk there but worth it! Haha me too 😊

  • Georgie dewis November 16, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Wow! These photos are absolutely breathtaking!! amazing!! I never knew Iceland was so gorgeous.

    • MichelleN November 16, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you so much Georgie! It really is, it would be worth it to stop by if you are doing a trip to Europe!

  • Emmy November 17, 2017 at 1:29 am

    What a wonderful post, I visited Iceland in 2014 but this makes me want to go back tomorrow! I really love the first photo, it makes the post really personal 🙂 look forward to reading your next post – Emmy (emmysadventures.wixsite.com/blog)

    • MichelleN November 17, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Thanks for the kind words Emmy! Everywhere in Iceland is so picturesque 😊

  • Eva November 17, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I have visited Iceland earlier this year and have seen most of the places on your list. Jokulsarlon blew my mind, it was probably the most spectacular landscape I have ever seen! It’s funny how you mention the expensive toilets at Reynisfjara. I actually have the toilet entrance ticket on my fridge as a travel memory. I found the whole procedure of paying with the card and getting an actual ticket pretty interesting, but was disappointed with the high price and poor maintenance of the toilet (the one I got admission for was filthy!).

    • MichelleN November 17, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Hi Eva! I totally agree with you, I have never seen anything like Jokulsarlon before and wish I took even more photos! I always kept my change with mi in case me and my traveling companion needed to pay for parking/use the washroom. I would be jingling all the time haha.

  • Meghan November 17, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Gorgeous photos! I loved Iceland so much. Definitely a place I want to revisit. glt ❤️

    • MichelleN November 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks Meghan! Me too, I really want to see what Summer looks like here 🙂

  • Alisha November 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Michelle! I love this post and the beautiful photos! Iceland is on my list to explore so I will definitely check back on this post once I know when I’m able to there. 🙂

    • MichelleN November 17, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Hi Alisha! So glad you found it helpful 💛 if you have any questions when the time comes let me know!

  • Nancy November 22, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    I love your photos! It’s making me want to go back to Iceland (I went during the wintertime, boo).

    I read some of your comments and laughed about how you brought bars to keep the cost of food down because I did the same thing! I also mapped out the supermarkets before I went to Iceland! Overpaying for mediocre food gets very tiring

    • MichelleN November 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Hi Nancy! So kind of you to say, thank you! Haha yes, bars were a very good idea. That was good planning to map it all out beforehand. I felt the same way, I was lucky to find the supermarkets when I got hungry 😉

  • Ivana November 24, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    This blog post has made me want to pack my bags and travel to Iceland! Your pictures are fabulous and really seem to capture the beauty of the island ☺️ I’ll defintely be using this post as a travel guide when I do go!

    • MichelleN November 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you for the kind works Ivana! If you have more questions when you are planning your trip feel free to reach out =)