Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is located between the sands of Mýrdalssandur and Skeiðarársandur close to the ring road. On the way there, the highland road F206 branches off, leading north to the Laki crater row. The canyon itself had gained sad notoriety because Justin Bieber almost destroyed it in 2015 for a video clip by his film crew and the subsequent hype. In Iceland, mosses grow very slowly and mossy areas that are traveled on take many decades to recover. It’s the same with trails that lead to every viewpoint rock here in Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. After the hype, the canyon was completely closed to visitors for some time and two steel viewing platforms were added.Only two paths still lead to two of the rocks, all others are closed off extensively.
To my surprise, drone use was allowed under the European Drone Regulation — do not fly over people or animals. That’s easy because the canyon itself is off limits. And so I managed to get this wonderful view of the canyon looking south towards the Eldhraun lava flows!
It was also exciting to fly below the viewing platform into the gorge, thus achieving somewhat unusual perspectives.