SOUTH COAST TOUR
Explore the south coast of Iceland. The south coast of Iceland is rich in natural wonders and beauty. The first stop on the way is Urriðafoss and after that the next waterfall is Seljalandsfoss waterfall where visitors can walk behind the waterfall and view the waterfall from behind. Shortly afterwards we arrive at Skógarfoss , the home of the beautifull Skógarfoss waterfall.
Also at Skogar is the informative Skogar Folk Museum, detailing the history of the surrounding area. From Skogar we head over to Dyrholaey near Vik i Myrdal. Next stop is Vík, Iceland´s southernmost village and the stunning black sand beach south of it, where you will see the rock formations Reynisdrangar.
Urriðafoss – Urriðafoss is a waterfall in Þjórsá River. Þjórsá is Iceland’s longest river, 230 km, and Urriðafoss is the most voluminous waterfall in the country. This mighty river drops down (360 m3/sec) by the edge of Þjórsárhraun lava field in beautiful and serene surroundings. Þjórsárhraun lava field is the result of the greatest lava flow on earth since the Ice Age.
Seljalandsfoss – One of Iceland´s most famous waterfalls is Seljalandsfoss. Photos of the waterfall can be found in many books and calendars, as it is very picturesque. An added bonus at the waterfall is that people can walk behind the waterfall and view it from behind as it drops from over 60 meters (200ft) above them, for a totally different experience.
Skógarfoss – Situated in south Iceland dropping over cliffs of the former coastline over 60 meters (200ft) is Skogarfoss one of Iceland´s biggest waterfalls. The 25 meters (86 ft) wide waterfall produces, a single or a double rainbow especially on sunny days, due to the amount of spray it constantly produces. Legends say that the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried his treasure behind the waterfall in a cave. Years later a local boy found the chest from where he was able to grasp a ring on one side of the chest, just before it disappeared again, never to be seen to this day.
Dyrholaey – Dyrholaey is a small peninsula (120 meters) located near Vik i Myrdal on the south coast of Iceland. English seamen knew Dyrholaey peninsula as Cape Portland. Dyrholaey used to be an island of volcanic origin and the view from up there is quite something. In the north the big glacier Myrdalsjokull, to the east the black columns of Reynisdrangar protruding from the sea, look to the west and see the whole coastline stretch towards Selfoss, depending on weather conditions. A gigantic black arch of lava is in front of the peninsula standing in the sea. During the summertime puffins nest on the cliff faces of Dyrholaey. Exciting land or sea trips are available at Dyrholaey in amphibious vehicles.
Reynisdrangar – Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks under the mountain Reynisfjall near Vik i Myrdal. There is a legend about Reynisdrangar that two trolls were trying to drag a three masted ship ashore, but as daylight broke the trolls were turned to stone. Standing at 66 meters above sea level the Needles can be clearly seen from Vik i Myrdal. A local legend says that a monster lived for many centuries in one of many caves in the area, but after a landslide over 100 years ago the monster has not been seen again to this day…
Vik i Myrdal – The village Vik i Myrdal is Iceland´s southernmost village. About 300 people live there. The village has a stretch of black basalt sand beach which the American journal Islands Magazine voted as one of the ten most beautifull beaches on Earth in 1991. Vik i Myrdal also warms the number 1 spot for the wettest places in Iceland. Many seabirds live in the cliffs to the west of the beach.