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Photos: Two destinations in South Iceland on CNN's Ultimate List of Scenic Splendor

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  • Svartifoss waterfall One of the waterfalls in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Photo/GVA

Two of South Iceland's most popular destinations, Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the Skaftafell area in Vatnajökull National Park, found their way onto CNN's "Ultimate List" of scenic splendor. The list of 50 destinations the world over includes such places as Angel Falls in Venezuela and the Great Barrier Reef, places which look like "works of art", according to CNN.

Seljalandsfoss is described as "a must-see" attraction and a dream destination for "waterfall connoisseurs":

"Waterfall connoisseurs agree it's not size that counts. The biggest and the highest may be impressive, but when it comes to cascading water, Iceland's Seljalandsfoss has style.

The sight of the Seljalandsa River dropping 62 meters down the sheer cliff face has made it a must-see Iceland attraction. There's a path that goes behind the cascade, so bring your waterproof camera." 

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Seljalandsfoss A gem of a waterfall. Located just off the Ring Road, Seljalandsfoss owes much of its popularity to its accessibility. Photo/Anton Brink

The other Icelandic destination on the list is the Skaftafell region in Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell finds its way onto the list for its "variety of striking landscapes". Skaftafell combines canyons and picturesque waterfalls, glaciers and glacier lagoons, heaths and dramatic peaks, all within walking distance from one another:  

"Formed over millions of years by volcanic eruptions, rivers and glaciers, the Skaftafell National Park in southern Iceland has a variety of striking landscapes.

These include an overhanging wall of geometric black basalt rocks on the Svartifoss waterfall, which inspired the architecture of Reykjavik's National Theatre, and the majestic Skaftafellsjokull glacier that seems to have frozen in mid-flow."

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Skaftafell One of the most striking features of Skaftafell is the extreme variety of the view. Waterfalls, forests, quiet small streams and striking peaks and glaciers with rugged mountain peaks. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

We at Iceland Magazine certainly agree that Seljalandsfoss and Skaftafell are must-see destinations, and no trip through South Iceland should skip either of these. But then again, there are countless other spots in South Iceland which have an equally good claim on a spot on any list of scenic splendor. Fjaðrárgljúfur, the black sand beaches by Vík and Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon are just three. 

But perhaps the most serious omission are Hraunfossar waterfalls in West Iceland:

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Hraunfossar waterfalls One of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Iceland, Hraunfossar are a must-stop on any day-trip to West Iceland. Photo/Vilhelm

 

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Hraunfossar Created by clear spring water which comes pouring out of the lava field into Hvítá river. Photo/Vilhelm

 

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Hraunfossar A feature of many of the most spectacular spots in Iceland are the contrasts. Photo/Vilhelm

 

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