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If you are trying to figure out how to plan an exciting vacation, Iceland should be on your list. It has many interesting places to visit. But although there are many reasons you should visit Iceland, the country that many think of as exotic, you should plan before you take a decision.  And you should seriously consider one or two of the many road trips you can drive to enjoy the various natural wonders.

Most roads are relatively easy to drive although caution is required and slow driving recommended

Although most visitors drive around Iceland going from one natural wonder to another, they are usually driving through quite a scenic landscape most of the time. Even when driving from one beautiful waterfall to another visitors are often driving on the road with an extensive view over a vast area of black sand or a picturesque countryside.  In the background, you usually have mountains, a glacier or even a glacier tongue forcing its way to the ocean. You never drive for a long time through a forest with a limited view on both sides and nothing but trees mile after mile.

Animals of all kinds are often part of the view while driving and traveling in Iceland

Few places that are popular tourist attractions in Iceland are photographed more than Seljalandsfoss waterfall. There are many reasons as anyone can see by doing a image search on Google. To begin with it is without doubt a beautiful waterfall and an astonishing creation of nature. It is located by the Ring Road in Iceland and is easily accessible for anyone who has a car.

Best time to photograph Seljalandsfoss

Sometimes we get questions through our Facebook or Google+ or even direct through e-mail, and people ask about various things like driving in winter in Iceland, driving on gravel roads in Iceland, when to travel in the highlands, how to cross rivers and much more.  A few days ago we got a question regarding a trip on the Ring Road in the winter. 

Driving in winter in Iceland is often very difficult and can be dangerous

One of the most visited and admired natural wonders in Iceland is the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón. It is a lagoon or a lake at the end of a glacier tongue.  When the ice breaks from the tongue it floats on the lake and melts and finally floats out to the Atlantic Ocean.  The location is just perfect on the coastline by the main road circling around the island, Road Nr. 1. This easy access is one of the reasons the lagoon is so popular.  You are basically in proximity to astonishing melting icebergs recently fallen from the glacier just by parking your car.  Just around the corner by Jökulsárlón another lagoon Fjallsárlón is also quite accessible but smaller and not visible from Road Nr. 1.  

Although smaller Fjallsárlón has an advantage

Approximately 10 kilometers before you come to Jökulsárlón from the west there is a turn on your left to Fjallsárlón.  A new service center has opened and you can also take a tour on the lagoon. You can stop by the parking lot by the service center and over a small hill and you will have the lagoon Fjallsárlón in front of you.  As the lagoon is much smaller you have a better view of the whole lagoon and a much better view of the edge of the tongue where the icebergs fall into the water.  This part of the glacier tongue is ofthe very photogenic and adds a perfect background to the lagoon.

Access to Fjallsárlón is easy

Although not visible from the main Road Nr. 1, ofthe referred to as the Ring Road, Fjallsárlón is practically on the Ring Road.  It is about 110 kilometers east of the small village Kirkjubæjarklaustur. When you stop by the parking lot you need to walk a short path over the hill north from the parking lot to see the lagoon. 

Approximately 10 kilometers before you come to Jökulsárlón from the west there is a turn on your left to Fjallsárlón

Flögufoss is an impressive waterfall in the valley Breiðdalur in eastern Iceland.  It is a fairly high waterfall, around 60 meters, and located in beautiful surroundings with geology speaking out loud from every angle. In the midst of the geologically fascinating valley Breiðdalur.  Near the top of the waterfall, there is another small waterfall falling on a terrace and from that terrace the waterfall runs through a small stone arch all the way down to the bottom of the cliff.  Interestingly although the whole setup is thousands of years old, the waterfall changed its path to run through the stone arch only two decades ago.  The old waterfall path can be seen at the top by the arch’s side. Possibly some elves anticipated the growing tourism in Iceland and wanted to give the waterfall a natural wonder makeover. Whatever the reason, this has given the waterfall Flögufoss a much more striking look.

A waterfall with stunning surroundings

Behind the top of the waterfall, there is a magnificent mountaintop called Smátindsfjall or Smallpeakmountain. These are a group of steep and high peaks made of basalt over thousands of years ago. The peaks can also be seen from the next fjord Berufjörður south of Breiðdalsvík and Breiðdalur.  On that side, on the other hand, they are called Smátindur or Smallpeak.

Flögufoss is easily accessible from route one on the Ring Road

Flögufoss is easily accessible and only a few minutes drive from the main road 1 on the Icelandic Ring Road in Breiðdalur to a parking lot.  From the parking lot, there is a 15 minutes light hike to the waterfall. Wen driving from Breiðdalsvík you take a left turn on road 966 or a right turn coming from Egisstaðir, and you can't miss it The best way to get a good view is to walk up the slope on the left side until you see the whole waterfall, the stone arch and the mountain peak in the background.  But for photographers, there is a great challenge to combine this from a new angle and bear in mind that this waterfall has not been photographed very often.

Flögufoss is easily accessible and only a few minutes drive from the main road one on the Icelandic Ring Road in Breiðdalur to a parking lot.

Klifbrekkufossar is a name for a series of small waterfalls one above the other at the bottom of the fjord Mjóifjörður in eastern Iceland. The waterfalls are a spectacular sight around 90 meters high and the best way to see them all in the same view is actually from the road and by the roadside at the bottom of the falls.  There is limited if any advantage to getting any closer or even climbing the side of the waterfalls to get a "better" view. 

Fed by multiple sources of water on the heath Mjóafjarðarheiði

The water coming from the top feeding the waterfall in the river Fjarðará is a spring-fed river and therefore not contaminated with dirt and various materials like the many glacial rivers in Iceland.   This makes the river quite clear and clean and gives the waterfalls an incredible feeling of purity. The river accumulates water from many sources in the heath above that goes up to one thousand and one hundred meters filled with small springs and lakes.

A waterfall only open in summer months

The name Klifbrekkufossar can be translated as Climbingslopewaterfalls.  The slope refers to the Mjóifjörður side of the mountain pass at Mjóifjörður heath that leads from the main road between Reyðarfjörður and Egilsstaðir on road 953 in Iceland to the fjord Mjóifjörður. The drive is 17 kilometers to the bottom of the fjord. 
Unfortunately, for waterfall lovers, the waterfalls are only accessible from June until September as the mountain pass leading to the narrow fjord is closed in winter. 

The waterfall should be referred to as a single waterfall

Although most often referred to as a series of waterfalls and the name is in plural, Klifbrekkufossar should be seen a single waterfall falling the 90 meters on a series of ledges.  It is by any measure one of the most spectacular sights in Iceland and among the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. 

Klifbrekkufossar is a name for a series of small waterfalls one above the other at the bottom of the fjord Mjóifjörður in eastern Iceland.

If you are planning to take a vacation or a tour in Iceland, you might be thinking about how to plan your trip. One of the best options is a self-drive road trip or to drive the Ring Road in a car for hire. The whole drive with all the loops and secondary roads included is around 1.550 kilometers. Notably, although most of the so-called Ring Road in Iceland is on the official road defined as nr. 1, the term Ring Road doesn't necessarily always refer to that particular road, as the Ring Road concept is a travel or tour concept. 

The best option for your trip to Iceland, the Ring Road

Skógafoss (Forest waterfall) is often referred to as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.  It has all the ingredients of a great natural wonder.  The amount of water is excessive, the form of the waterfall is almost perfect in its rectangular shape, the 60-meter drop makes it impressive, and the width of 25 meters puts it into a great perspective.  On the ground in front of the waterfall, the amount of spray continuously produced by the falling water quite often creates both a single and a double rainbow visible on any given day when the sun is shining. The rainbows are quite vivid and fall-bound enough to be almost touchable.

A feast of waterfalls in the Skógá river

The cliffs around the waterfall are former sea-cliffs when the shoreline was by Skógarfoss but has now moved five km south. On the eastern side of the waterfall, you'll find steps to the most popular hiking routes in Iceland, towards the Fimmvörðuháls pass. Once there, you are halfway to the beautiful Highland oasis of Þórsmörk.  Hiking the Skógaheiði moors, you will be amazed at the sheer number of waterfalls and rapids adorning the Skógá River. Indeed, there are 22 of them, each more beautiful than the other. It is really a feast of waterfalls.

Accessible for everyone on the Ring Road in Iceland

Mind you that you don't have to undertake heavy trekking to enjoy the Skógafoss waterfall itself. Skógarfoss is only two kilometers from the Ring Road in Iceland and easily accessible and visible from the main road, the Ring Road in Iceland. It is quite an experience to stand next to the mighty fall. It puts the world in a brand new perspective, and one tends to feel a bit insignificant. Climb the steps to enjoy the fall from the top and the view towards the Atlantic Ocean is a bonus.

Skógafoss is easaly acessable from the Ring Road

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