The south coast Iceland by car – Itinerary & map

After we had driven the Golden Circle Tour by ourselves and loved it (click here to read more about the self drive GCT), we decided to take another road trip to see the south coast of Iceland. This is probably the second most popular sightseeing day trip after the GCT. As I have already mentioned in the previous post about the GCT, we rented a 7 seater from the Keflavik airport for our entire 7 day stay in Iceland.

The major sights of this trip include the two breathtaking waterfalls – Seljalandfoss and Skogafoos and the must-see black sand beach – Reynisfjarda by Vik.

It’s about a 6 hour long drive getting there and back (approximately 420 km- without the drive to the Secret Lagoon). You can see all the details on the map down below.

If you are a tourist in Iceland, then you are probably staying in Reykjavik. Fill your car with snacks, beverages and sandwiches because you won’t have many restaurant options on the road. Take route 1 south (1S) towards Vik. It’s basically just one road from there.

Seljalandfoss Waterfall is spectacular because it’s the only known waterfall of its kind, because it’s possible to stand behind it. You’ll get some amazing pictures there and probably get pretty soaked so make sure you have a waterproof jacket on and an appropriate pair of shoes.

Skogafoss Waterfall is very spectacular too because of the different angle you can watch it from – from above. There are staircases leading up to the top of the waterfall. From there you can look down at this breathtaking waterfall and take some cool shots.

If you’ve never seen a black sand beach this will blow your mind. This area of Iceland is a beautiful, untouched wilderness. Unfortunately, it rained when we got there but it was amazing nonetheless.

If you want to stop on the road to get some food you can take a break in Vik town, a little fishing town, or in Sellfoss.

On your way back you can even stop at the Secret Lagoon, a natural hot spring near the small village called Fludir.

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