A visit to all sites part of the Golden Circle is impressive. Yet, there is much more to Iceland and the southern part of the island has plenty to offer an overall ranks as one unforgettable experience.
We left fairly early that morning and in just around 1:40hr we were able to reach the first site of our Southern Icelandic tour- the Seljalandfoss waterfall.
The waterfall is another impressive marvel that Mother Nature has craftily shaped. There are plenty of opportunities to admire the site from different angles. Actually, you can enter the cave behind the waterfall, but do wear waterproof clothes in case you do as there is a good chance of getting wet.
Next we saw the Eyjafjallajökull site, which is an actual volcano covered by an ice cap. The site became famous in 2010 when it erupted and caused some havoc and air traffic disturbance. I am actually really proud to be able to pronounce the name correctly in authentic Icelandic, which took a fair bit of practice.
Further, we saw the beautiful Skogafoss waterfall. So it happened that there was a rainbow, but there was no pot of gold and I did search for it! You can climb the stairs next to the waterfall, which will take you all the way up to the actual “mouth” of the waterfall and the view from the top is worth it!
The next site on the list was the Reynisdrangar black sand beach- a place which will forever remain in my heart. Visible in the ocean are several basalt cliffs as high as 66 meters. Folk legend tells the story of two trolls pulling a ship to the shore unsuccessfully, as they were caught by the sunrise and turned into stone, as happens to trolls when they stay out until dawn. The waves were crushing violently and a few people got wet in the process of snapping the perfect photo. Do take care when visiting Reynisdrangar as fatal accidents can occur!
(63 27.546-19 21.887) the co-ordinates of a US Navy DC plane which crashed back in 1973 at the Black Sand beach of Sólheimasandur. Finding the wreck is quite an adventure as you need to take a good 4km walk through the scenic dessert like sci-fi scenery. Luckily everyone survived the crash after the plane ran out of fuel, but as it turned out later, the pilot switched off the wrong fuel tank! There is a great post dedicated to this attraction available here in case you want to learn more about it.