Places to visit on the South Coast of Iceland

If you are driving the south coast of Iceland, there are a few places that are a must to see. The South Coast has a lot to offer, everything from glaciers and waterfalls to black sandy beaches and glacier lagoons. It is also the flattest portion of the island, being a former seabed.

Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast of Iceland

South Coast of Iceland

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is not the most spectacular waterfall in Iceland, but what makes it unique is that you can walk behind it.

The waterfall is a part of Seljalandsá which as its origin in Eyjafjallajökull and is about 60 meters high.

The waterfall is located just off the Ring Road on Þórsmörk Ro  ad 249.

Skógafoss

South Coast of Iceland

About 20-minute drive away from Seljalandsfoss is Skógafoss, which marks the start of the 22km Fimmvörðuháls hike and ends in Þórsmörk.

The waterfall is one of the biggest in Iceland and is 15 meters wide and 60 meters high.

Legend has it that a settler called Þrasi Þórólfsson buried a treasure underneath the waterfall. Years later the people in the area found the chest but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was later given to the local church. The ring and the church door are now in the Skógar Folk Museum just a few minutes away.

The waterfall was both used in Thor: Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The cliff the waterfall tumbles over was the coastline thousands of years ago.

Reynisfjara

Reynisfjara is one of the most famous black sand beaches in Iceland, with Dyrhólaey at one end and Reynisdrangar rock formations on the other.

There are also beautiful columnar basalt formations on the beach.

Please beware of the ocean waves though. The sneaker waves can be mighty, and if you get caught in one, they can pull you out with them.

Sólheimasandur

South Coast of Iceland

On Sólheimasandur is an old Douglas R4D-8 US Navy transport plane wreck since 1973. The plane was delivering supplies to the radar-station in Stokknes when it crashed.

It is not possible to drive up to the wreck anymore, so you will have to walk the 3 kilometers from the road to reach it.

The sandy desert was made by run-off from sub-glacial eruptions in the 13th century and has gotten more significant from other later eruptions. All run-offs have been because of eruptions in Katla volcano.

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