We just left Iceland and I already want to go back to see what else we can find. I highly recommend it. It is definitely one of our the most unique places I have ever seen, and yesterday one of the best, most fun days of my life. I think Iceland is a photographers (or Instagrammers) dream. We tried to do as much as we could in southern Iceland yesterday (mostly places I had seen on Instagram) before our flight to Paris at 1 am. We drove about 2.5 hours from our hotel in Grindavik to Dyrholaey. On the way there the landscape changes from rock and lava to green and fields of yellow flowers. We pasted Icelandic horses, waterfalls, and gorgeous green mountains.
At Dyrholaey we visited the black sand beaches and ate turnip soup and a panini at the Black Beach restaurant. There are basically no restaurants in this area, so if you are hungry this is the place to go!
After doing some sightseeing around Dyrholaey, we headed to the crash site of this Navy plane. It’s one of Iceland’s most iconic photography locations. It crashed on Saturday Nov 24, 1973 when it was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach in the south of Iceland after experiencing severe icing. Everyone survived. It’s a little tricky to find. Here are the directions we used.
Then we headed through the lush, Games of Thrones landscape to the Skogafoss waterfall. You can’t miss this beauty, it’s right off the main hwy 1. I have been to Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls and I can say this was the most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen. At this point, it was already about 6pm and we needed to leave and head back towards the airport around 8. We still had a small hike and another waterfall to see, so we tried to make our stop a Skogafoss quick!
This next spot was the place I was looking forward to the most. Seljavallalaug Pool. It’s an old abandoned natural hot pool in the mountains. All the photos I had seen made it look so peaceful and very secluded. While it was picturesque and peaceful it was not very secluded. We must have got there a pool rush-hour. There were about 20-25 people there. The pool is about a 25 minute hike up from HWY 1 – it is fairly easy to find, we used these directions. I suggest you go very early in the morning or late at time to get this gem all to yourself.
By the time we were done swimming, it was time to head back to the airport. It was the best 42 hour stopover. Can’t wait for our next stopover in Iceland! Now onto Paris.
Also – Iceland has the best music. I have been enjoying this Icelandic Indie playlist on Spotify.