Book a tour and more to the south coast
This one day trip is probable the second most popular tour after the Golden Circle tour to take when you visit Iceland for the first time. I recommend start by going all the way first to the town VÍK and take the sightseeing on your driving back to Reykjavik or the cottage if you are staying there to be sure that you will see the Black Beach in bright light.
If you are interest of staying closer to this area our cottage at the south is well located, secluded and comfortable. check it out here
Black beach – be careful and follow the rouls
Skógarfoss – great waterfall
Þorvaldseyri – a farm which you pass, they have an interesting museum and information about the EYJAFJALLAJOKULL eruption which had great influence on flight traffic 2010 (you can also see this glacier from our cottage)
Seljalandsfoss and the pool there is an attractive place www.south.is/en/moya/toy/index/place/seljalandsfoss-and-gljufrabui-waterfalls
Hvolsvöllur – the Lavacentre is there www.lavacentre.is/ the lava show there is very popular, you will also find a store and a restaurant in there. At Hvolsvöllur there are pizza place if you are in to that before heading back home.
P.S. If you want to go further and see the Jökulsárlón Lagoon https://icelagoon.is/ as well I recommend that you stay one night around lagoon.
A day in Westman Islands can also be an ideal trip, specially if the weather is good https://visitwestmanislands.com/
Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal.
With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves and stunning panoramas, Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.
Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters (82 feet) and a drop of 60 meters (197 feet).
Due to the amount of spray the cascade produces, at least one rainbow is present any time the sun emerges from behind the clouds.
Located on the Skógá river, this mighty cascade is clearly visible from Route 1 and is an excellent place to stop and stretch the legs while travelling Iceland’s South Coast. The river below Skógafoss holds a large char and salmon population and is thus a favourite spot for fishermen in the summer.
The land underneath the waterfall is very flat, allowing visitors to walk right up to the wall of water. This will get you drenched, although, on a summer’s day, it can be quite tempting.
Skógafoss can also be viewed from the top as a steep staircase leads to an observational platform above the cascade. Many nesting seabirds can be found on the route up.
Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall that can be fully encircled, situated on the South Coast of Iceland with a drop of 60 metres (200 feet).
Seljalandsfoss waterfall, part of the river Seljalandsá, has its origins underneath the glacier Eyjafjallajökull. The volcano beneath this ice cap was the one that erupted in 2010 and caused havoc at airports across Europe.
The cascade of the falls is relatively narrow but falls from a tall cliff that once marked the country's coastline, the sea is now located across a stretch of lowlands and is visible from the site.
The glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, with its floating icebergs, is one of Iceland's most famous and most beautiful attractions
As a glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón is a lake that is filled with the meltwater from an outlet glacier. In this case, it is Breiðamerkurjökull, a tongue of Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull.
It stands out, however, due to the fact that it also fills with icebergs breaking from the glacier, some of which tower several stories high.
Red line Golden Circle and South Coast