Fjallsárlón is a glacier and lagoon in southern Iceland. Fjallsárlón offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Fjallsárlón glacier
- Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon
- Boat tours of the lagoon
- Öræfajökull volcano (largest active volcano in Iceland)
Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon and glacier are very similar to it’s neighbor Jökulsárlón but without the tourists. What is better in Fjallsárlón than Jökulsárlón is the view of the huge glacier behind the lagoon. The glacier lagoon is calm and clear which gives you the opportunity of reflection photography, it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset from too. You can organize a boat tour of the lagoon either online or at the visitor center. which will take you up close and personal with the huge glacier. On a clear day it’s possible to see Iceland’s largest active volcano, Öræfajökull.
A tip for visiting Fjallsárlón, you don’t have to park by the visitor center, you can drive a lot closer to the lagoon.
On the road trip to Skógafoss you’ll pass by more glaciers on the southern edge of Vatnajökull. There are a couple of mentionable waterfalls which you can drive right up to at Skaftafell. You can park at Svartifoss waterfall and Hundafoss waterfall is a short walk from there. There is a tour company based at Skaftafell visitor center where you can organize;
- Glacier hikes
- Volcano hikes
- Ice cave night tours
- Crystal ice cave tours
- Kayaking to the glacier
Skaftafell visitor center is definitely worth a visit!
On the drive to Skógafoss you’ll pass lots of small waterfalls which is any other country would be worthy of a tourist attraction by themselves. In Iceland, falls such as Foss á Síðu (Foss a Sidu) (above) are the smaller rarely visited falls. I recommend stopping for a few minutes to take photos at the waterfalls of Foss á Síðu (Foss a Sidu). There is parking on the route 1 road and it’s a short hike to the base of the falls.
You can also stop at Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon which is a short drive from the route 1 ring road.
The route 1 passes through Eldhraun lava field which has the 3rd largest lava flow in the world since the ice age. The volcano erupted violently for 8 months from the end of 1782 to 1784. This eruption is called the Lakagígar eruption and you’ll be driving through the lava field for at least an hour, it is that huge. An interesting section of the lava field is the part where you see several cones, for me this resembled the chocolate hills of the Philippines. There is a viewing point of the cones, look out for it when you are passing through the coned section of Eldhraun lava field. Spring thru fall the lava fields are covered in moss, winter they are covered in snow (above).
Vik is a small town which you’ll pass through on Iceland route 1 in the south of the country. Vik is the southernmost city in Iceland, that’s a big one for the bucket list! Vik is a good place to stop for groceries, gas or to eat at a restaurant. Gas stations are quite scarce if you are heading east to Höfn so I recommend filling your tank here. The 2 main attractions in the city of Vik are the white church (above) and the black sand beach. If you decide to stay overnight, Höfn has a few accommodations.
From Vik to Skógafoss you’ll pass the viewing point of the most active and dangerous volcano in Iceland, Hekla.