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What a view

Drive it yourself: Iceland’s South Coast and Golden Circle Tour (part 2)

In part 1 I wrote about our roadtrip from Reykjavik to Vik. In this part I will show you more highlights of the South Coast and of the famous Golden Circle Tour.

We visited Iceland in June, this month is perfect to visit Iceland, it never gets dark, and if the weather is right you get endless hours to take photo’s.

The below map shows our roadtrip and the sights we’ve visited in a morning and afternoon. According to Google maps the drive is 4 hours, which is in total 288 kilometers. The drive will takes as longer as it excludes all the stops you can do on the way. The road is pretty comfortable and easy to drive.

Kvernufoss and Skogafoss

A local told us about Kvernufoss, a less touristic waterfall that lies at the bottom of a gorge. As you can see on the map, this waterfall is near the famous Skógafoss waterfall in Skógar. To get here follow the ring road to the small village Skógar and park your car at the Museum of Skógar. From there walk towards the river and follow the river to the waterfall. I highly recommend you to visit this waterfall, the walk is enjoyable and there are less tourists.

Icelandic Sheep

Icelandic Sheep

A walk in nature, just the two of us

A walk in nature, just the two of us

What a view

What a view

Kvernufoss waterfall

Kvernufoss waterfall

Impressive

Impressive

Birdlife

Can you see the birds?

Beautiful landscape view

Beautiful landscape view

 

Skogafoss can been seen from the road, it is an impressive waterfall of 25 meters and situated on the Skógá River near Skógar. No chance to visit this waterfall during the day without any tourists. However, I highly recommend to visit this huge waterfall. Next to the waterfall, you will see a trekking trail that take you to a viewpoint at the top.

Skogafoss

Skogafoss as seen from the road.

Our next stop would be our first stop of the famous Golden Circle Route, the crater lake Kerið which is 270 metres wide and over 55 metres deep. The visit doesn’t take long, depending on if you would hike down to the water level or hike to the hill that overlooks the water. There is an admission to visit the crater. The costs are 300 ISK per person.

Kerið

After a visit to Kerið it started pouring rain. But we really wanted to visit the impressive Gullfoss. As you can see on the photo’s below this fall is really huge, the power of the falls is incredible.  Next to the falls there is a restaurant and a gift shop, where you can buy souvenirs and refreshments.

The power of the falls is incredible

The power of the falls is incredible

When you drive from Gullfoss to Reykjavik, you can’ t miss Strokkur as it is located next to the road. The active Strokkur is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area. The geysir spouts water 30 metres into the air every 4 to 8 minutes. Impressive!

During rain and grey sky, the eruption is difficult to see on the photo below.

Eruption Strokkur, an active geysir

Eruption Strokkur, an active geysir

The original Geysir, where the name comes from, is now more or less inactive

The original Geysir, where the name comes from, is now more or less inactive

Colourful surroundings at Geysir

Colourful surroundings at the Geysir field

Unfortunately, it kept raining and we decided to skip Pingvellir. Instead of visiting Pingvellir we decided to go back to Reykjavik and to buy us a well deserved beer 🙂

I can’t wait to visit Iceland again and have another new experiences.

On the road

Iceland, you are beautiful!

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Arlette
    August 30, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Such gorgeous nature!

    • Reply
      Thea.Photo
      September 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Arlette, Iceland is truly beautiful 🙂

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