DAY 6 and 7
South Coast and Skaftafell
Continue your journey south of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Spend some time at JOKULSARLON, a stunning glacial lagoon filled with icebergs that have calved off the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull and are heading out to sea where the massive icebergs make their way along the Diamond Beach. It is abundant with fish that have drifted in from the ocean, and you may catch a glimpse of seals swimming around the lagoon looking to reap the bounty.
Next, explore SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK. Part of the larger Vatnajokull National Park, Skaftafell is a masterpiece of seemingly impossible contrasts of nature. The landscape in the park has considerable variety and has been formed over thousands of years by the influences of ice, fire, and water. The waterfall Svartifoss is one of Skaftafell’s best known attractions, mainly for the towering black basalt columns that flank it. Continue along the coast to South of Iceland, visit VIK and the BLACK BEACH.
An interesting variation is to spend a night or a day in the Volcano island of Vestmannaeyjar. This island erupted in 1973 and all inhabitants had to leave their homes in the middle of the night. Now there is a fascinating museum, Eldheimar in Vestmannaeyjar that tells the story. Vestmannaeyjar is also a home to a large colony of puffins.
Many of Iceland natural wonders can be found in South of Iceland. SKOGAR is a tiny village that is home to not only a fantastic folk museum - which contains an outstanding collection of artifacts and impressive turf houses - but it is also home to SKOGAFOSS, one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls with a width of 82 feet and a drop of 200 feet. SELJALANDSFOSS is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in all of Iceland. Here, the river Seljalandsá drops 200 feet over the cliffs of what used to be the island‘s coastline. If favorable conditions allow (and if you don‘t mind getting a bit wet), it is possible to walk behind the waterfall.
Stay 2 nights in the South of Iceland.