Travel by train, boat, automobile, airplane seems to be the theme in the modern world today – Iceland reminds you what it means to take most of that away, and much more. Iceland is a country full of undeveloped natural beauty, accessible only by car and most of the time foot after that. The southern coast of Iceland anchored by the town of Vik is notably once of the many prominent areas to explore. The Ring Road of Iceland, know to the locals as Highway 1 (the only major highway) is an incredible way to see the country. Full of changing landscapes and fjord views the ring road can be completed in as little as seven days but fares better for a ten to fourteen-day trek. The south coast can be explored as part of this journey, but has plenty to offer that you could spend an entire trip in the area. For a great base camp option; check out the Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon. There are also great options in and around the town of Vik that may be worth a stop on the way.
For seven days in Iceland, visiting the south coast try this out:
Day 1 – Arrive to Iceland via Reykjavik (KEF) enjoy the Blue Lagoon
Day 2 – South coast Waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Kvernufoss
Day 3 – South Coast Beaches: Dyrholaey Lighthouse (4x4 road), Reynisfjara beach, Solheimasandur Plane Wreck
Day 4 – Skaftafell National Park, explore, hike and pack a snack! (alternatively hike the glacier Vatnajökull or tour an ice cave)
Day 5 – Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon + Jokulsarlon Ice Beach (diamond Beach)
Day 6 – Visit Hofn + Ancient Viking Village
Day 7 – Fjaðrárgljúfur, Return to Reykjavik
There is always more to see, and each day will lend itself to views that will pull you over to the side of the road to photograph, visit Icelandic horses that are in the pastures, and simply take in the beauty of land untouched.