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Easy hike with just a few steeper sections. We set out along the ridge. This was terrific since we could see the glacier for the whole walk up. Also nice birding in the shrub area. The view at Sjonarnipa was lovely and worth taking some time to enjoy. The walk from there to the Svartifoss waterfall was delightful, and included some boardwalks to protect the wetlands. We absolutely loved this hike.

wonderful hike !

Quite steep climb up to Hengifoss

nature trips
1 month ago

Such a marvelous place which has been one of the settings of Interstellar

Svartifoss is a tiny but very idyllic waterfall because it’s situated in a forest of bushes which is rare in Iceland!

Beautiful waterfall surrounded by basalt columns. The hike starts at the National Park visitor center. It takes about 25-35 minutes to the Falls and is a gradual climb. You can go back the same way or continue on a loop that adds about another miles or so. Definitely worth your time when in Iceland!

walking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful waterfall that you can see from the roadside. From the start of the trail/walk, there is a gradual increase in elevation. We stopped, took a few pics, & finished in less than 15 minutes.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful loop - crowd thins after Svartifoss - awesome overlook on to Skaftafellsjokull glacier and icebergs. I recommend instead starting on the S3 (left side) to waterfall and onto s6 for less traffic than main central corridor path. Take Sjonaripa from the Falls across to breathtaking lunch spot overlooking the glacier. then go down on the Austurbrekkur.. Nice 6 mile loop. glacier views,, waterfalls, wildflower meadows... easy to moderate

hiking
3 months ago

Thats a good one! But please make the detour to svartifoss. I know it's touristy, but why not?

hiking
3 months ago

A very easy loop. It might be worth to add sjonarnipa. If you have the legs, then the must do in the area is kristinartindar!

walking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

3 months ago

Definitely go on this hike if you have a morning or half a day in Seydisfjordur! There is a new waterfall to admire every 15 minutes. The trail is marked by posts all along. We couldn’t make it the last 0.5km because the river was too wide, but the hike was still absolutely worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Error, wrong trail, this is for the fimm... trail, trying to fix ASAP


Here is a guide if weather unfortunately was not on the same schedule as your hike. My day started cloudy with a light drizzle starting at Stogafoss. (I recommend starting from this points as you will see all the waterfalls ahead of you as you trek up. Now my weather predicament only went from okay to bad to worse. Granted I was well prepared and being cold not wet was an issue, however at 8.6km once the trail splits into 2 ( red and blue). On bright sunny days I highly recommend the red, but you must have proper waterproof shoes for this hike! You will encounter much more snow in the earlier months and you will have to keep a close eye on the trail recorder as at some points in the snow the poles are completely buried after a heavy winter. Unfortunately in my case, I was completely lost and without direction in the middle of a storm; complete whiteout. If this is your weather for the trek, I HIGHLY recommend to stick to the blue trail as it marked much more adequately and a safer choice in harsher conditions.

If the weather works out, but you don’t have any to to catch the bus at the end part of he trail, I believe a loop up the red trail and down the blue trail would be a fantastic choice. 30km +- give or take, should take you less than 10hrs total; remember I did this in a storm and was horribly lost at some points. In great weather and proper equipment, you can finish this hike in 8-9 hours if you are fit.

hiking
3 months ago

If you do not have glacial hiking experience but you love the idea of hiking a glacier, hire a guide and hike this glacier. I usually like hiking on my own accord but I don't have the means of effectively hiking a glacier on my own (equipment, know-how, etc.) This was some of the best money I ever spent. Hike a glacier, climb it, maybe even stumble upon an ice cave, but only with a specialist in tow. It's amazing.

To be precise, I'm assuming this trail (0.6 miles) is referring to observing the glacier without stepping foot on it. That is still an awesome experience; glaciers are insane to witness up close. Still, if at all possible, I recommend doing what you need to do (even if it means paying for a guide) to safely find yourself escorted onto the actual glacier itself. You won't regret it.

on Svinafellsjokull

3 months ago

This was one of the best and closest views of a glacier we saw. You don't even have to hike the half mile to see a gorgeous view just over a small hill from the parking lot. Very pot holey road on the way there but SO worth it. I'd do the walk around the glacial lake. Really cool ice caves with falling chunks/dripping icebergs. Watch out for the edge by the water there's quicksand-like mud in some spots . My husbands hiking boot got submerged ! 

on Austurbrekkur

3 months ago

Hiked to sjonarnipa (out and back did not do the loop) and had awesome view of the glacier. Did not take the svartifoss route because we had already seen so many waterfalls in Iceland. This was not a crowded trail and the views were amazing along the way . Moderate to difficult. Steady incline with some flat parts . Took us about two hours including pictures.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views going up. Easy hike and well marked trail.

Stunning views of two waterfalls! Bit of a river to cross and a steep at parts but well worth the climb!

hiking
5 months ago

Went here in mid march, and only saw 2 other people on the trail on the way to the Svartifoss. On the way back we passed about 40 people who had come in on a bus. If you can get there early and beat the buses, then you should have the place almost to yourself.

Few / no crowds in August? Count me in! Two waterfalls, wonderful trail. Awesome example of basalt cliffs. And the upper waterfall shows off the layers of sediment / volcanic dust that built up over the centuries / millennia (?).

Trail was "up hill" but not steep.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is heavily trafficked to and at the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, but only lightly trafficked to and at the intriguing Sel turf houses. Our kids enjoyed having two very different highlights in a single relatively short hike. You can chop off 0.2m by cutting back across a bridge over the river to close the loop earlier if you don't mind getting back on a heavily trafficked trail (we had the slightly longer trail to ourselves).

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