Iceland South Coast tour day 01
One of the highlights of our trip has to be the two day tour of the south coast and Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, that we went on with Extreme Iceland. Just two days was enough to make me fall in love with this beautiful country. After our evening at the Blue Lagoon, we crashed out at a hotel in the centre of Reykjavik. The following morning our Icelandic tour guide Diddi picked us up and off we went along the south coast in a mini bus.
If you don’t hire a car, bus tours are a great alternative. You can’t beat having a local tour guide, as there’s always cultural quirks that you won’t learn from guide books. There’s also the added relief of not having to find your way around a snowy landscape, especially when road visibility drops to zero.
Our first stop was Seljalandfoss waterfall. During our visit there was a considerable amount of ice blocking the path, but we made do with scrambling up one side of the snowy bank instead.
Another stunning waterfall. The largest in the country in fact. After a ten minute hike up to the top, we got to enjoy the panoramic view. On our way back down, we got a bit closer to the bottom of the waterfall and was met with a lovely rainbow.
Black sands of Vik
After a lunch stop, we drove to Vik and visited the black sand beach. It’s such an beautiful place. You can see huge columns of basalt and Reynisdrangar sea stacks, which rumour has it, are trolls that got turned to stone.
In the evening we arrived at a guesthouse in the Vatnajökull region. I was exhausted, so quite looking forward to having a warm dinner and good sleep. Before going to bed, Will and I spent a couple of hours outside, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. We were almost about to call it a night when faint green lights started to glimmer across the sky. Once we’d taken in the view, it was time to get some beauty sleep.