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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.