When Colby and I booked our plane tickets to Iceland, the west side of the country wasn’t even on our radar. We were planning our entire trip around hiking Fimmvörðuháls, and we knew we wanted to hit the Golden Circle and the south coast, but when we realized we had a couple extra days, we weren’t sure what to do with them. Of course, then I found out that Kirkjufell was on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and our decision was made.
By far the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life to date is backpacking Fimmvörðuháls in Iceland, and if you ask my husband, he will tell you the same thing. If you ever go to Iceland, make time to do this, seriously. The whole country is beyond amazing to drive around and do all the touristy attractions and waterfalls, but this hike was so much better than that and like I said, the absolute best thing I have ever done.
If you ever find yourself on a plane heading to the land of fire and ice, make sure you’re planning on roadtripping the southern coast of Iceland. The south coast is one of the most tourist-y parts of the country, but for good reason! There are so many cool things along this route that you don’t want to miss.
If you’ve ever thought about going to Iceland, chances are you’ve put the Sólheimasandur plane crash on your list of must-sees while you’re there. It’s a pretty famous spot – after all, where else do you get to see the real wreckage of a DC 3 plane? But the pictures you’ve seen probably don’t tell the whole story, so I’m here to let you in on what you can expect there and how to get that perfect shot.
If you’ve seen pictures of Iceland, chances are you’ve seen Skogafoss, the waterfall that the country is perhaps most famous for. It’s right off the main highway on the southern coast and it is a must-see – we actually visited it twice while we were there since it’s so beautiful and so easily accessible. But, as to be expected, the area is jam packed with tourists and it’s almost impossible to feel like you’re truly in the Icelandic wild.
But what if I told you about a secret waterfall that’s a hop, skip, and a jump from Skogafoss? And get this: there was absolutely no one else there when we were.