South coast and Glacier
The Icelandic south coast is one of the most spectacular driving routes in Iceland. You will experience black sand beaches, beautiful birdlife, glaciers and waterfalls.
First stop is Urridafoss a waterfall in Thjorsa glacier river. Thjorsa river is the longest of all rivers in Iceland, around 230 kilometers long, this powerful waterfall has the most water of all waterfalls in Iceland.
Next we drive towards Dyrholaey, a small but majestic peninsula, and the southernmost point of the mainland. It stretches 120 meters high and is a home to many breeds of seabirds. Dyrholaey was formed in a sub-aquatic eruption about 100 thousand years ago. The translation of Dyrholaey’s name into English could be Doorway Island, and that name-gift is because of the hole or the doorway the ocean has carved into the cliff. The ocean now flows through that doorway. Dyrholaey was put on a national conservation list in 1978. A road leads up to the top of the peninsula and from there you have a great view to all directions.
Next we head to Skogarfoss. Skogarfoss waterfall cascades 65 meters down from ancient sea cliffs and is by many considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.
The infamous Eyjafjallajokull
From Skogarfoss we drive up to Eyjafjallajokull crater about 1666 meters high on the glacier overlooking the south lowlands of Iceland.
On our way back to Reykjavik we stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall which cascades from ancient sea cliffs over 60 meters down to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and the scenery there is really beautiful.