South Iceland – A unique landscape
South Iceland is world famous for good reasons. At the foothills of the highlands, on a former steep shoreline, some of the most amazing waterfalls of the island like Seljalandsfoss or Skógafoss drop deep towards the seemingly boundless plains of the great glacial rivers, the sandurs. Rising from one of those plains, almost from sea level, is the hightest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, in Skaftafell National Park. Bizarre peaks of volcanic origin edging broad valleys and narrow canyons and in between one of the most fascinating plateaus of Iceland – Skaftafellsheiði. A highly alpine landscape, formed by the relentless power of dozens of glaciers. They flow down from the gigantic ice cap of Vatnajökull. Amongst them is Breiðamerkurjökull, which formed a glacial lagoon of unmatched beauty: Jökulsárlón. Countless icebergs break off the ice front into the deep lagoon. They are swimming in the lagoon until they are small enough to be transported to the ocean by a short river where they are washed upon the shore again by the everlasting waves of the northern Atlantic Ocean. Driving along the ring road in the South is some kind of meditative. The area is very sparsely populated, the road is straight and the views spacious. During all my trips to Iceland, which was after all six time so far, I always came by the south coast and it was never boring to me, though I’ve seen most of the places a few times. South Iceland is also the perfect place to get started with Iceland for those of you who never have been there so far.