South Iceland

South Iceland is a photographers’ delight. Heading south from the capital city of Reykjavik, so many potential stops may create a challenge trying to work them all into the schedule. A few of these highlights include:

* Mulagljufur Canyon – the trail leading to this fairy-tale like canyon is not marked, neither at the trailhead nor the dirt-road turnoff from the Ring Road. But with a little research, it is easily found.
* Seljalandsfoss – a main stop for tour busses. However, go there after 10pm on one of those long summer nights and you’ll often have the place to yourself. Also, visit the lesser-known Gljufrabui just a 10 minute walk away. You’ll have to make your way through a cave to reach this waterfall, so be prepared to get a bit wet.
* the Yoda Cave - ~ 15 minutes south of...
* Vík í Mýrdal – a town on the southern coast that has a beautiful church, and in spring it is surrounded by lupine.
* Reynisfjara – a black sands beach area, but be careful. Sneaker waves are unpredictable and sometimes deadly.
* Skaftafell National Park
* Jökulsárlón Bay and Diamond Beach - a bay of icebergs fallen from a slowly dying glacier, and a black sands beach where those same icebergs wash out to sea and return with the tides to the beach.
* The Westman Islands – just off the coast and a short boat ride away, the main island is worth a day’s exploration.

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