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One of these hidden pearls next to ring road. It‘s amazingly grown lava canyon. I would say it‘s very important to stop here whatever the weather. You turn to your left if driving east from Reykjavík on road n°1. Then it‘s about 5-10 minutes driving, you will come to a crossroad, one leading to the right uphill and the road you are on goes straight ahead. You can go either of these roads, they will both lead to parkings to look at the canyon. Some like to drive both of them, from belove or down the straight road you can walk up to upper parking. It can be very nice to stop at the lower one and then walk up along the canyon or the other way around. If you are not in the mood for that you can …

Here in Kirkjubæjarklaustur live about 140 people (numbers from 2015). The town itself has many nice sights to visit. The place was nunnery from 1186 until the mid 16th century. The names of the sights you can visit there are all quite linked to convents, such as Systrafoss and Kirkjugólfið.  …

This mighty cliff is often where you can find the worst wind gusts coming along the mountainside. The mountain is highest around 767 meters. This place is really popular for photographing, make sure to stay in a safe spot though because the traffic on the road can be quite heavy around there, especially in the summer months. You should never stop on the road just find a nice side stop for stopping and getting the shot.…

After Lómagnúpur you will be driving through the long black sand desert. Good to mention here that offroad driving in Iceland is highly forbidden. If people drive off-road they can expect to face a fine, so don‘t drive off the road under no circumstances even though you see old tracks. The sand there are the signs of big glacial outburst which came from Grímsvötn. Grímsvötn is the most active volcano in Iceland erupting every 3-5 years apart. In 1996 we had a massive eruption and glacial outburst from Grímsvötn causing some of the bigger bridges in this area to get washed away. When you are driving you will notice at some point some pieces of the metal bridge on the side of the road which ar…

Vík has been one of most growing towns on the south coast in the last few years. Being in the center of the south coast meaning it‘s a good place for a break on your drive around the south. Vík is the only sea village that doesn‘t have a harbor, so their main income is from travelers. Vík has been known for being quite a rainy place, so don‘t be surprised if it‘s raining in or around Vík. In Vík you will find all the service you need, recently they opened a big shopping center where you can find, a bakery, grocery shop, souvenir shop, outdoor shop, and restaurants. There is a lot to take a look at in Vík, walking around Vík is amazing, their most famous stop is Reynisdrangar, the cliffs you …

It is about 76 meters high sea cliff and about 1200 meters long. The first settler was told to have come to land there. He lived there for one winter before moving to Reykjavík and settling down there. In the summer you can go on a tractor tour to see puffins on the cliff, very nice thing to do.…

An old gas station which was repaired by a mountain guide living in the area, he and his family now run a little coffee shop and booking booth for their tours. Highly recommend to stop there for a cup of coffee and book a tour with them for a local adventure.…

In Hnapavellir they just build a very big hotel recently, but in this place, you don‘t only find a hotel. Hnappavellir is the biggest sports climbing area of Iceland, turning down towards the shore and driving a small road will bring you to some old sea cliff. Where the climbing society of Iceland has built up quite many bolted sport climbing routes.…

While you have been driving through this area from Skaftafell to Jökulsárlón, the further you go east you will start to see a giant glacier in your back mirror. This glacier is Öræfajökull. Öræfajökull is a stratovolcano that has erupted two times in historical time, both of these eruptions where catastrophic, the first one was in 1362 and then 1727. On top of Öræfajökull, we have the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur. Hvannadalshnúkur is 2110 meters high and is a popular hiking for experienced hikers. The hiking takes about 13-16 hours and is mainly in glacier environment. This hike should only be done with the appropriate equipment and knowledge on glacier traveling. If you are int…

Is known as the smaller glacier lagoon here in Iceland. Visiting Fjallsárlón is highly recommended there you need to walk a little bit to the lagoon itself only a few minutes though.  The lagoon is still fairly small meaning you will see the glacier quite close, and the surrounding area is great for photography.…

Welcome to Iceland's most popular place to visit. Don‘t be surprised if there is a lot of people in this place. When you have seen it you understand why. Jökulsárlón is coming from Breiðamerkurjökull outlet glacier and is about 7 kilometers long lake. The lake is always getting bigger every year, getting longer and wider for about few hundred meters every year. The lagoon is always different, how much icebergs you see floating in the lagoon depends on how much ice is breaking from the glacier and how the weather has been. I recommend visiting the glacier lagoon from as many aspects as you can, meaning you should go down to beachside also. You can join variety of different boat tours to explo…

The beach right below the glacier lagoon. There you will find small icebergs that have drifted to the beach from the lagoon. It can be magical to see the icebergs laying on the black beach among the strong ocean. Always be careful when visiting beaches in Iceland the ocean is very powerful so keep a good and safe distance.…

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