The Ministry of Industry and Innovation, who are responsible for tourism, has compile a list of the most dangerous 24 sites in Iceland. Have a look at the link to read the Part I.
Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, is undoubtedly the most famous waterfall in Iceland. Located on the famous Golden Circle, along with Geysir and the Thingvellir National Park, it is a must see when visiting the south of Iceland. Gullfoss waterfall is 32 meters high, but its surrounding canyon reaches 70 meters high. At Gullfoss, some trails don’t include chains and barriers preventing access to the most dangerous places near the waterfall. Observe its beauty from a safe distance and try not to get too close! In winter, the road to the waterfall is especially hazardous and slippery.
Gunnuhver, on the Reykjanes peninsula, is a geothermal site known for its muddy broth. It is a beautiful and amazing place, but again, beware of temperatures that can reach over 300 degrees Celcius! Follow the paths and barriers. It happened that Gunnuhver had to be closed by local police when hot mud propelled several meters high into the air.
Fjaðrárgljúfur is an enormous and magnificent canyon, two kilometers long and one hundred meters deep. The surroundings of the canyon can be steep and narrow, and you have to be especially careful in this area.
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lake located in the south of Iceland, near the Vatnajökull National Park. It is a highly popular place, with incredible colours, and also because of the icebergs floating on the lake. Recently, travellers put themselves in grave danger by jumping on icebergs and floating off on the ice. It might seem like an obvious precaution to everyone, but please, do not venture out on the ice or in the water!
Ketubjörg waterfall is on the west side of the fjord Skagafjörður in northern Iceland. Nearly 120 meters high, the waterfall, is impressive, but the rock shape is steep and dangerous. On the ground in many places cracks began to form, and increases the risk of landslides. We recommend you take the utmost caution!
In the south of the peninsula Vatnsnes, the gorge Kolugljúfur is long over a kilometer deep and 40 to 60 meters. The river plunges into a groove and forms two magnificent waterfalls called Kolufossar. The ravine formed by the groove is large, and caution is required for all visiting the area.
Krísuvíkurbjarg is a gigantic rock that seems to rise from the sea, near Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. In summer, thousands of birds find refuge there. Although the road is not smooth to get there, and can be blocked by snow in winter, it is a magical place that offers stunning views of the sea and the Icelandic coast. It is recommended not to get too close to the edge, and admire the view a little further away.
Látrabjarg, the most western point of Iceland, is a line of rocks which extend fourteen kilometers long and 441 meters high. Located on Highway 612, Látrabjarg is known to house thousands of birds during the summer time. The ground there can be rather difficult to walk on in parts, and we must be careful not to fall from the rocks when you contemplate the birds and the surrounding area.
Namaskard / Leirhnjúkur
This volcanic mountain near Myvatn includes a geothermal site, named Hverir. Hverir is a place of steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud pots and lots of beautiful colours! Observe the barriers, and stick to the marked paths because the temperatures of these mud baths are among the highest in Iceland.
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