The Southern Coast of Iceland For Pillars, Volcanoes, Lava Fields & Black Sand


On my way to the stunningly beautiful adventure to the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon in East Iceland, I had a lovely drive along the southern coast. I’d strongly recommend heading east as one route you can take around the country.

On the way, you pass a number of stunning ocean views and valleys, including the charming village of Vik, which touts spectacular scenery, lava fields and a black sandy desert along the way.  Below are the 5 pillars of Vik, which whether you take them late afternoon or at 3 in the morning, they will impress.

Along that road, I’d also recommend stopping at the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur to see the beautiful waterfalls and the Skaftafell National Park to take in the Svartifoss waterfall cascading down stacks of basalt columns. On your way back to Reykjavik, you should also see the 100 meter deep Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and Kirkjugolf. Below

Below, the Church Floor at Kirkjugolf…

Sheep at Kirkjugolf

Fjadrarglufur Canyon

Hof which means Temple

Rusty barn at Horgslandskot

Near Skaftafell Park 

Sheep near Hnappavellir farm and surrounding area

For more on Iceland, check out Iceland section / Travel to Iceland / Traveling to Iceland. All photos by Renee Blodgett.

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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