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A wonderful sight NOT covered in Ricks Iceland

We spent 10 days in Iceland this past September and relied on Rick Steve’s Iceland and Fodors Iceland to plan our itinerary. The most beautiful sight was in Fodors only and I would highly recommend a stop at Fjadrargljfur. A short trip up a bumpy potholed gravel road brings you to a parking lot. A short walk brings you to a magnificent gorge/canyon covered with emerald green moss. There are nice walkways along the top of the canyon- a photographers dream. This site is just north of Vik off the Ring Road. For a taste of this beautiful sight, look a the YOUTUBE video of Justin Bieber Iceland. For a while this idiot’s posting of his video shut the site down, but in September it was open and not crowded at all.

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Looks like a beautiful spot! I just returned from a shorter trip and two of my guides ranted about the "Bieber" effect on tourism, primarily his inspiration of very bad behavior, including walking on the moss - a big no-no as it takes decades for it to regrow. Curse and blessing to have the visitors of all types! More on the Bieber angle: https://guidetoiceland.is/history-culture/5-reasons-why-you-should-not-travel-like-justin-bieber-in-iceland

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We visited this canyon on our trip in September 2017 and thought it was one of the highlights of our trip. We were with a group of seven and a guide and had it all to ourselves.

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I agree -- this is a beautiful spot! We were there in September of 2017 . One of the things we found on our 2 week ring road is that some of the best things we saw we just stumbled upon on the side of the road!