Day Trip From Reykjavik : South Coast

 In Photoblog

My Family and I just recently started to spend time exploring everything that Iceland has to offer but we are already totally hooked. In fact, I feel the more new places and things I discover, the more I have left to see. We’ve been itching for a while to visit the hidden waterfall Gljúfrabúi so the south coast was selected as our destination for a day trip. Let the photos take you on a journey. 

þrastarlundur grímsnes

Every great day starts with food, am I right? Since we headed out early we decided to have a breakfast buffet at Þrastarlundur in Grímsnes. We had been there once before and loved the atmosphere, the food, and the nature all around, so even though it was a little detour from the main road, it was worth it.

þrastarlundur playground leikvöllur iceland costco

Ísold, my almost 5-year-old daughter, ran off outside after about 3 minutes of our meal and climbed, jumped, and played while her moms mentally prepared for the trip ahead.

dyrahólaey iceland nature

After eating, our first stop was Dyrhólaey near Vík í Mýrdal. It’s a great place to stop and stretch your legs for a while, with plenty of sightseeing paths and hiking trails. 

dyrhólaey iceland

My wife looking over a stunning black sand beach.


After exploring the beach around Dyrhólaey, we drove to the cliff and walked around the adventurous looking lighthouse, taking in the view of the endless black coastline. My kid loves learning new things so hearing all about lighthouses and their purpose really made her day.

viti í dyrhóley

After about an hour at Dyrhólaey, we drove to the nearby town of Vík for some snacks. It turned out that my child needed some ice cream in order to be able to keep on exploring. We decided Vík we didn’t feel like going further than Vík so after filling our bellies with ice cream, we turned the car around and drove to the Reynisfjara black sand beach.

I think honestly my kid could have been running around that beach the whole day. There seems to be an endless amount of caves and basalt columns that inspire humans every age to go climbing, as well as making a perfect backdrop for a photo or ten.

my girls at basalt columns in black sand beach iceland
reynisfjara black sand beach

Me and my girl.

basalt reynisfjara

Little girl, big world.

road in south iceland

Even driving in Iceland, just watching the road is enough to keep you entertained. Our next stop was the powerful Skógafoss waterfall.

skogafoss waterfall iceland

Looking at that photo I can almost still feel the power I felt standing next to the waterfall, that untamed force of nature. I didn’t know the who ran in my shot but shé made the perfect model for my shot. A rainbow also did its best to photo bomb me, you can see it to the right if you look very closely.

rainbow skogafoss

Our last stop was the reason for our trip – Gljúfrabúi, the hidden waterfall. It’s around 20 minutes drive from Skógafoss, next to the beautiful Seljalandsfoss. If you haven’t walked behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall already, I recommend you do so. It only takes few minutes and it’s a unique experience (even though we didn’t have time for it in this trip).

Reaching Gljúfrabúi is a little tricky since it’s inside a canyon. Nothing serious but you do have to cross a shallow river using stepping stones. I carried my daughter over since she was not really up for it, but the minute we were out of the canyon she wanted to go inside again by herself. By the time I was standing next to the waterfall, it definitely felt worth it. I didn’t want to bring my camera since it would have gotten wet so this photo is taken on a semi waterproof iPhone. I love love love all Icelandic waterfalls but this one is now my all time favorite.

This was the route we went, and you can click on it here.

If you are staying in Reykjavik, I highly recommend planning a day trip to the south coast. You can either rent a car and drive yourself or go on a guided tour like this one.

Whatever you do in Iceland, bringing a camera and all kinds of clothing is always a good idea.

Feel free to contact Tara for more information about this tour.

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