Very blessed to finally check off Iceland from my bucket list this year. I did a 4 days road trip along the Southern coast of Iceland. I didn’t do the full Ring road, only because I do plan to return again another time in Summer, hopefully to be able to catch the Aurora.
Tip: Check out my previous post to help you plan your Iceland trip, i.e. Is road trip for you ? Winter or summer ? How many days ?
So, this is my 4 days 4 nights itinerary to Southern Iceland!
Day 1 / Seljalandfoss, Skogafoss, Solheimasandur, Reynisfjara
We arrived Keflavik International Airport at midnight, and waited a fair bit for our hired camper van. After we sorted out the car, we drove to the first campsite (Reykjamörk Hveragerði) we could reach for much-needed sleep.
Tip: We originally planned to drive to Selfoss, however the bridge to Selfoss was closed at night for maintenance. Be sure to follow http://www.road.is/ for latest updates on road conditions.
In the morning, we went to the public swimming pool (Sundlaugin Laugaskarði) behind the campsite to shower.
We started the day with Seljalandsfoss, definitely the most touristic waterfall due to its closest proximity to Reykjavik town. Hike up the small hill to the right of the waterfall, for the best vantage point to take photos.
After, we went to Skogafoss. You probably have seen a lot of photos on Instagram taken in front of the waterfall. I can tell you it is no easy task with the water mist constantly fogging the camera lens. So instead, climb the 527 steps to the top of the waterfall for this shot below!
The top of Skogafoss is much more beautiful! I wish I spent more time hiking further in. But, we had to move on cause we had much more to cover, and needed at least reach Vik for the night.
Next, we went to Solheimasandur, for the infamous plane wreck. Be warned that to reach the plan wreck, you need to walk at 4 km one way! Including 30 minutes wait time for the perfect shot, all in all we spent about 3 hours! Now that I have done it, I would say it is a bit overrated. But, it was all #forthegram.
After, we drove to Reynisfjara, for its famous black beach, and basalt rock columns.
For the night, we drove to Kirkjubaer II campsite. Didn’t shower because it was cold. Cooked dinner in the campsite kitchen.
Highlights / View from the top of Skogafoss; black sand beach of Reynisfjara
Day 2 / Skatafell national park, Svartifoss, Jokursarlon
Second day, we started the day checking out this cute little waterfall, Stjórnarfoss, just next to our campsite.
We then continued on to Skatafell national park, which is about an hour drive. We totally didn’t expect this to be a big national park. It has a large campsite, and chalets if you want to stay the night. Otherwise, the park offers many trekking routes, and even glacier hikes.
The plan we had was to just check out Svartifoss, which to me, it is my favourite waterfall in Iceland !
Somehow, Svartifoss reminded me of the film set in Prometheus ! The Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik is said to be inspired by this very waterfall !
We ended the day at Jokursarlon lagoon, finally witnessing “ice” (icebergs to be specific) in Iceland !
Highlights / Weird yet beautiful Svartifoss; seeing icebergs for the first time in my life
Day 3 / Golden circle, Thingvellir national park, Gulfoss
The program for Day 3 is to start driving back toward Reykjavik, and do the Golden circle.
On the way, we stopped by the roadside to check out moss plains. This to be is one of the my favourite landscapes to see while on the road.
Note: I urge you all, as sustainable travellers to not trespass the lines, and step on the moss. As much as we all want to take that beautiful Instagram shot #forthegram, stepping on the moss can damage them, and is potentially irreparable. These delicate and fragile moss take years to grow !
We continued on the Golden circle, which includes, Thingvellir (Þingvellir) national park, the Geysir, and the gianormous Gulfoss.
Note: If touching two tectonic plates (North America and Europe) at one time is your kinda thing, you want to dive in Silfra but be prepared to brace the cold (below 2 degC) glacial water. I gave it a pass.
Highlights / Planet alien like moss plains, gorgeous lake in Thingvellir park
Day 4 / Reykjavik, Hallgrímskirkja, Harpa concert hall
For Day 4, we drove back to Reykjavik and explored the town. Some of the must sees are of course, Hallgrímskirkja church, and Harpa concert hall.
We didn’t get to explore much of Icelandic cuisines but we are very lucky to stumble upon Icelandic Street Food. The menu is very simple, there are only 3 options,
- Fisherman stew (mashed potatoes with Icelandic haddock and Hollandaise sauce)
- Shellfish soup (loaded with Icelandic scallops and shrimps)
- Lamb soup
And the best part, there’s free refills and desserts ! Best deal ever !!
As we are both not fans of lamb, we ordered the Fisherman stew and the Shellfish soup. The soup was extra yummy, especially when you eat it hot in the cold weather ! And it is loaded with scallops and shrimps ! They are not stingy at all with the ingredients even though we must have had like three refills !
We stayed the night in an Airbnb not far from the airport, and took the first flight back to Paris the next day.
Highlights / Beautiful architecture of Hallgrímskirkja church, our best meal in Iceland
If you want to check out some of the videos I posted on my Instagram stories, click on this link for my Iceland Instagram Highlights !