After we have picked you up near your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík, we will leave civilization behind and make our way eastbound along the South Coast. We will pass beautiful lava fields covered with green moss and travel past quaint little farms and tiny villages. Eventually, we will pass several major volcanoes such as Hekla, Katla, and Eyjajfjallajökull. These are some of the biggest volcanoes in Iceland!
Our first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most famous cascades. It sits at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull and its water originates from the glacier. In the summer, it is safe to take the path leading behind the waterfall, but in winter, it is usually frozen and therefore closed.
Not far from here comes the next stop at Skógafoss waterfall, another majestic cascade where the water plunges down from the 18-story tall cliffs. Skógafoss was used as a filming location for the TV show “Vikings” as well as the last season of “Game of Thrones”. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.
Soon we will stop again, this time at the sea coast. The famous Reynisfjara black sand beach is one of the most visited places in Iceland. Its thrilling rock formations, hidden caves, outstanding sea stacks, and long, black sand coastline enchants everyone’s minds!
For lunch, we will stop at a nearby town called Vík í Mýrdal where there will be a spectacular view of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks from the window of our restaurant. The town is home to an idyllic little church which we will also visit.
As we drive onwards through the largest lava field in all of Europe, we will pass by some truly magical landscapes. Soon we will make another stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur, which translates to “Church Town Monastery”, a small village with quite an interesting history. After some refreshments, we will continue east through a large extension of sand plains, an area of black lava, sand, and ash of around 700 square kilometers (270 square miles).
While we enjoy the unmatched panoramas, our skilled guide will explain the history and geology of the area. They will tell us more about the most famous volcanic eruptions and how locals dealt with the harsh conditions in the old times.
As we continue our drive eastwards, glaciers will soon come into view. After we have passed through the enormous sand plain, we will see the outlets of the mighty Vatnajökull, the largest icecap in Europe.
Approaching the glacier, we will stop at the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the National Park of Vatnajökull. It is one of the most picturesque areas in Iceland and a perfect photography spot for amateurs and professionals alike. We will also drive by Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshjúkur, which is 2,110 meters (6,992 feet) high.
The next stop is at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the crown jewel of Iceland’s natural wonders. This glacier lagoon was formed by a melting glacier called Breiðamerkursjökull. At the point where the melting glacier reaches sea level, massive pieces break away from the glacier tongue.
These icebergs start to float across the lagoon towards the ocean. The lake itself is some 75 stories deep and some of the floating icebergs can measure up to 20-30 meters (65-98 feet) high. This is where the expression means "the tip of the iceberg" comes from! The scenery is such an otherworldly sight that it leaves none untouched. It is no wonder why Jökulsárlón is one of the visitors’ favorite places in Iceland!
We will reach our country hotel in the Jökulsárlón area around dinnertime. The rooms are friendly, simple, and have the all-important WIFI connection available. A rich breakfast is included in the price. Located between the mountains and the sea, the views from the hotel are simply terrific.
If the conditions allow, this location is perfect for Northern Lights watching between September and March. If the aurora forecast shows activity and the sky is clear, we step outside our accommodation and check for the amazing Northern Lights in the evening.