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What To See on the South Coast of Iceland

The Icelandic South Coast is home to some of Iceland's most iconic locations including:

  • Reynisfjara, a black sand beach that stretches along the coast.
  • Seljalandsfoss, a tall and narrow waterfall that visitors can walk behind.
  • Jokulsarlon, a stunning glacier lagoon with floating icebergs.
  • Fjadrargljufur, a narrow canyon that is especially beautiful in the summer.
  • Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier.
  • Skogafoss, a large cataract waterfall that can be viewed from below or the top via a path that runs alongside it. 










Iceland South Coast vs Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is quicker and easier, requiring only about 4 hours if you only stop at the three main attractions. It is a more popular route, but that's not because it's any more impressive than the sights on the South Coast. It's simply because it's closer to the city and more easily accessed for those who might not have all the time in the world. 

Yes, Gullfoss, Thingvellir, and Geysir are very impressive sights to behold but the South Coast has it beat by far. The amount of attractions and their diversity far surpasses that of the Golden Circle.

On the South Coast, you'll find black sand beaches, magical green canyons, glaciers you can hike, waterfalls you can walk behind, diamond-like glacier lagoons and a whole host of exciting activities like snowmobiling, ATVs, ice climbing, ice caving and more. 

Where is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall?

Seljalandsfoss is located about 128 kilometers (79 miles) from Reykjavik. After passing the town of Hvolsvöllur, keep an eye on road 249 on your left, where you will make a turn. About a minute later you will see Seljalandsfoss Waterfall on your right-hand side.

It can take about an hour and a half to drive to Seljalandsfoss from Reykjavik. 

Where is Reynisfjara?

Reynisfjara is located right outside the town of Vik, about 188 kilometers (117 miles) from the city of Reykjavik. As you're driving along Route 1, make a left turn at road 215 right before you approach the town of Vik. This road will take you to the Black Beach Restaurant where you will find parking spots and a short walk to the beach.

Driving from Reykjavik to Reynisfjara can take about 2-3 hours. 

Where is Fjadrargljufur?

You can find Fjadrargljufur roughly 255 kilometers (158 miles) from the city of Reykjavik, right before you approach the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Make a left turn on road 206 and continue down until you see a parking area on your right. 

Driving from Reykjavik to Fjadrargljufur takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes. 

Where is Jokulsarlon?

Jokulsarlon is situated about 380 kilometers (236 miles) from the city of Reykjavik. It is located right on Route 1 so you will see it immediately on your left as you pass through the area. The distinct floating icebergs will be a big indicator. 

The drive from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon takes roughly 5 hours.