Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Southern Iceland: Chasing Waterfalls

“Hiii, you can’t get rid of me!” said our guide from the Golden Circle Tour we did the previous day when she came to pick us up for the Southern Iceland Tour. We had the same guide on both tours, much to my enthusiasm, as I left the first day hoping our next guide would be just as nice. Hilda is very passionate about her job, as well as her country, and considering there were only five of us on the tour, it felt more like a friend driving you around and showing you beautiful places.

I was very excited to visit Southern Iceland and that was mostly because of one thing: the famous black beach. It’s what I could picture every time I was thinking of Iceland and seeing it in the Sense8 opening credits made me want to go even more. Sadly, I didn’t know much else about the area, but when I found this tour from Bus Travel and saw that we were going to visit two famous waterfalls, “don’t go chasing waterfalls”聽started playing in my head. I booked the tour anyway. “please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to”. Here’s how the tour went and how I left a piece of my heart there.

Holt Farm

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Holt Farm

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Holt Farm

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Holt Farm

We were told we would stop somewhere for a coffee first, but I assumed it would be a gas stop somewhere, so I was surprised when I see the car stopping at a farm with a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains. Inside, we met Valborg and her adorable little daughter. We got to try Icelandic pancakes (which, oddly enough, are similar to the Romanian ones), but the real MVP of making pancakes disappear was the little girl who was very excited her mom made a batch for her guests. 馃槅 We got to hear stories about living on the farm and the聽Eyjafjallaj枚kull (try saying that three times fast) eruption – the one that disturbed air traffic all over Europe in 2010 – and how her husband has kept the animals safe. Valbog also has an amazing singing voice and played a couple of songs for us, I was in awe with how beautiful she sounded. She was also on The Voice of Iceland and you should hear the best cover of Halo ever,聽right here.


Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Eyjafjallaj枚kull

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Eyjafjallaj枚kull

This name doesn’t get old! (Honestly, I just copy-paste it every time it’s mentioned in this post) Even though you couldn’t really see the top of the Eyjafjallaj枚kull volcano because of the clouds, we did make a quick photo stop after leaving the farm to take some photos of the mountains. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to live with constant fear that a volcano or an earthquake could happen at any time, which would cause a lot of ash, as well as making the sea level rise. For Icelanders though, this is something normal and they are always prepared for when it happens. *shivers*

Sk贸gafoss Waterfall

Southern Iceland tour: Sk贸gafoss waterfall

Southern Iceland tour: Sk贸gafoss waterfall
See those stairs on the right? We climbed ALL of them to get to the top. In a hurry. It was awesome.

Southern Iceland tour: Sk贸gafoss waterfall

Okay, much to TLC’s warning, we did go chasing waterfalls in Southern Iceland and this was the first we’ve stopped at. With a drop of 60 meters,聽Sk贸gafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland and even though you can’t walk behind it, you can climb the way-too-many stairs to see it from above along with some very cool double-rainbows. And maybe you’ll find the treasure too! Legend has it, a viking named聽脼rasi 脼贸r贸lfsson buried his treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. Many years later it was found by locals, who only managed to grab one ring before the treasured disappeared again. Even though my heart was trying to jump off my chest after climbing all those stairs, I’m sad to say I couldn’t find any treasure. Guess I’ll have to go back to work then, huh? It wouldn’t have worked anyway, I’m sure a chest full of gold would have been above the luggage limits of Easy Jet…


Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Vik village

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Vik village
A sneak peek of our next stop, as seen from the parking lot.

Vik is the usual lunch stop, you can find a restaurant serving burgers and hot dogs, as well as a souvenir shop. The town is known for its church sitting at the top of the hill. What’s the big deal with that church, you ask? Well, in case of volcano eruption or the sea level rising (or both!), it is said that the church is the only place that will survive, so it’s the refuge point. I was sad I didn’t have enough time to visit the church as well, I had to choose between eating and going up the hill and for everyone’s sake, I decided not to be hangry that day 馃槈 Oh well, I’ll see it at the next volcano eruption. *knocks on wood*

Reynisfjara black sand beach

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Reynisfjara black sand beach

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Reynisfjara black sand beach

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Reynisfjara black sand beach

By far the most popular place on the Southern Iceland tour, it was the first time I’ve seen black sand. The waves and wind are so strong, it’s highly recommended not to go near the water as you could be swept away (apparently this happened). This is what I’ve always pictured when I imagined Iceland and the feeling of walking on a place I’ve known about for ages was overwhelming. As with any place in Iceland, it has a legend to go with the breathtaking scenery. Do you see the two big rocks in the photo above? Legend has it, they were once trolls that were caught by sunlight and turned to stone. One of them must have been an ugly ass troll, as I keep thinking the one on the right has a penis shape. 馃槅

S贸lheimaj枚kull glacier

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: S贸lheimaj枚kull glacier

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: S贸lheimaj枚kull glacier

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: S贸lheimaj枚kull glacier
A brand new lake…
Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: S贸lheimaj枚kull glacier
Rainbow after a quick shower 馃榾

As the car drove further, almost as if it was being chased by dark gray skies, I was wondering what will the next stop look like. We were heading towards the S贸lheimaj枚kull glacier and I’ve read about how only a few years ago it used to be a lot bigger. Getting there and seeing it for ourselves was a heartbreaking wake up call, as our guide informed us that the glacier used to cover the whole valley (see in the first panorama) and the lake that we were seeing in front of the glacier wasn’t there a few years ago. Still don’t believe in global warming? Then don’t go looking for the Vik cathedral after all the glaciers have melted. You can’t walk on the glacier on this tour, as you need special shoes, you only see it from a distance, but it’s enough to realize that someone should take an immediate action.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Southern Iceland tour with BusTravel: Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Our last stop of the day was the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which probably makes half of the images on Google when you search ‘Iceland’. There’s a good reason for it too. From distance, it looks like yet another pretty waterfall, but when you get closer, you’ll realize you can actually walk behind it for a unique perspective…and a nice cold shower. It’s refreshingly wet, as our guide has said it 馃槅 You need to be careful though, as it’s very slippery and you could easily fall. I walked as close to the wall as I could, stopping only for a quick Instagram story behind the waterfall and managed to get wet only on my left side, while Paul was completely wet. 馃槅

We got back to Reykjavik in the evening after a long and exciting day in Southern Iceland and I realized that was the Iceland I was waiting to see and fall in love with, the scenery in this tour was what I was dreaming of when I was thinking of visiting Iceland and it’s also what made me fall in love with the country. Along with the Golden Circle tour, the Southern Iceland tour from BusTravel is the best way to see the highlights of the country in a short time.

Have you ever been to Southern Iceland?

Disclaimer: We partnered with BusTravel Iceland for this tour, but all views, photography and desire to visit Iceland for the past 10 years are entirely our own.聽

When I booked the Southern Iceland tour, I knew I wanted to visit only one place: the black beaches near Vik, as that was what I could see when I pictured Iceland. However, after this tour, when I think of Iceland, I think of its gorgeous (and refreshingly wet!) waterfalls. Would you like to find out why?

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  • World Journeys

    beyond stunning! amazing photos!

    how’s your pronunciation?

    • Thank you! Not gonna lie, my pronunciation is not good, haha. I gave up trying to pronounce the names of the places we visited.

  • Yey! You’ve made a pin finally! I usually pin everything you write about! whoop whoop! haha – Anyways, I loved how you were singing TLC in your head when doing this trip! I’d probably have thought the same! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

    • ps. Stumbled! 馃檪

    • Well I’m trying to get back into using Pinterest, but most of the times I get lazy, haha.

  • Jenni Sheldon

    I love Iceland and your photos have brought back some good memories of when I visited. I think I might have to go back and explore some more as I never spotted any rainbows when I was there and that would be magical

    • The rainbow surely made the effort to climb the stairs worthwhile 馃槈

  • My god, all the photos are so dramatic!

  • Anisa Alhilali

    Your pictures are stunning. I definitely want to visit Southern Iceland when I go, so I pinned for future reference. I did go to a black sand beach in Panama, but the Iceland one looks more impressive. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • I’ve never seen a black sand beach before, but now I’m excited to see another one in the Azores islands.

  • Your photos are incredible! We visited the same places. I haven’t had time to check my photos. I got a new camera for the trip and I saw some, so, I know they are good. Love, love Iceland. We are talking about going back already. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • I’m thinking of going back too, it’s an incredible country! I’d like to go again in winter to see the Northern Lights, and then in summer to see the rest of the country.

  • Forgot to tell you I climbed the stairs too!

  • Oh, these waterfalls look incredibly beautiful! I am seriously considering Iceland for next summer. What do you think would be better: winter or summer? #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • It depends on what you want. If you want to see the Northern Lights, then winter is definitely the best time. But I feel like Iceland has way more to offer than just the Northern Lights (which aren’t guaranteed to show up while you were there) and in winter you wouldn’t have as much time for sightseeing. But you do get some cool sunsets. I visited at the beginning of June and it was perfect, the weather was nice and there weren’t too many tourists. But it never got dark, so golden hour was almost non-existent, not the best light for photography.

  • Gokul

    This is my dream destination. These are such gorgeous waterfalls. I would give anything to be there.

    • I bet there are hundreds of waterfalls in Iceland, it’s truly a spectacular country.

  • megan_claire

    Stunning photos, takes me right back! This is actually a part of Iceland we missed – we drove the Ring Road but southern Iceland was the end of the itinerary, and when we got there we drove into huge storms. So missed out on Sk贸gafoss and the likes. Just means I’ll have to plan a return trip!

    • An excuse to go back to Iceland is always welcome 馃槈

  • Kenny T.K. Chow

    I wrote the same piece about Iceland and chase about waterfalls as well, I like Seljalandsfoss the most as I walked pass the water and looked at the amazing sunset. @ knycx.journeying

  • Besides the waterfall and black sand beach, I think I like Holt Farm too. Lovely pictures and another great post! Cheers!! #TheWeekyPostcard

    • I started my day with pancakes, of course I loved the Holt Farm 馃槈

  • Bryna | Dotted Line Travels

    Amazing photos! I have yet to make my way to Iceland but I’d love to one day and it seems like the tour you booked was a great choice. Also, I have no clue how to pronounce Eyjafjallaj枚kull!!

    • The tour is great if you don’t drive, don’t want to rent a car or have limited time and want to see the best places in Iceland. Don’t get me started on pronunciations, I have pins on Google Maps for every place we’ve visited, otherwise I wouldn’t even know how to search for them, haha.

  • hilary

    Once again, a post filled with amazing photos! These are extra special! Loved reading this post! #theweeklypostcard

    • Thank you, Hilary! 馃檪

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  • What beautiful scenery! We’ve pinned this one for later. Not sure when we’ll get there, but definitely want to see some of the same gorgeous sights! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard.