Just above Skógafoss, one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland, you’ll find the beginnings of the Fimmvörðuháls trail and a series of falls cutting through the mountains. Hike the trail long enough, and you’ll connect with the Laugavegur trail, leading into Landmannalauger and the rhyolite mountains. Alas, we only hiked for a few miles, eager to see as much of the south coast as possible.

If you look hard enough, you’ll see three white dots on the left of the frame in the header image. Just some of the many, many sheep along the trail.

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We spent several hours on the trail, looking down at the Skoga river cutting its path through the mountains.
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Sheep grazing near the river.

Farther along the southern coast of Iceland, there is Dyrhólaey, the arch situated above the black sand beach, Reynisfjara. The waves there were intense, perfect for a triptych of long exposures. These weren’t converted to black and white, believe it or not. They were simply naturally occurring monochromatic images, thanks to Iceland’s unique geology.

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Waves at Reynisfjara

The geological formations on the southern coast are amazing, from the basalt columns on the beach to the huge towers out to sea.

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Looking up at Reynisfjara
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Columns at Reynisfjara
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Seljalandsfoss at sunset.

Finally, the light waning a bit, we made our way back west along the ring road, stopping for a quick look at Seljalandsfoss. The sun came out just as it was setting, casting some beautiful light on the waterfall.

14 hours is far too little time to spend on the southern coast of Iceland, of course. I can imagine spending a week there and not seeing everything. Still, happy to have seen as much as we did.

Next up: Reykjavik and the end of the trip.

 

 

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