Road Trip – South Iceland

By: Jim Bamboulis

Iceland has a stunning, rugged beauty.

It’s not sexy in a California, PCH, palm trees kind of way. But it’s sexy in a northern, middle of the Atlantic Ocean, hugging the Arctic circle, chilly wind, if-you-can’t-take-the-adventure-then-get-off-the-island, kind of way.

Driving through South Iceland is driving through a small piece of rocky, jagged, icy heaven.

On a recent trip to the Land of Fire and Ice, I ventured along Iceland’s infamous Route 1.  At just over 1,300 km (800 miles) long, it goes full circle around this amazing country. Hence why it’s called the Ring Road. If you were to drive this straight, it would take you about 16 hours. But to do it properly, stopping along the way and taking in the sights will take you about two weeks.

I didn’t have that long but there’s no way I was going to miss seeing the mountains, ocean, waterfalls and glaciers for myself. The route I took was along the southern coast.

Reykjavik to Vik. This is what I saw.

Mt. Eyjafjallajokull (above and below)

On the road to Vik, the southernmost point of the country. The terrain here became even rockier, towering, more jagged and out of this world.


Black beach and basalt stacks in Vik (above and below)

One of two friendship statues (the other one is in Hull, UK). The statue commemorates the bond between the two countries, the fishermen who ventured out and died at sea

Basalt stalks (above and below)

Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a 200 foot drop
Seljalandsfoss from the walkway that takes you behind the falls
Icelandic turf houses

Been to South Iceland? Share your experiences and share the love.

Happy travels!


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