Explore the most popular cave trails in Iceland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nature trips
1 month ago

Second tallest waterfall in Iceland is a must see! We were lucky to see a white Icelandic fox on our way up as well.

Absolutely stunning waterfall. By far the grandest waterfall I have ever seen. Be warned, extreme bugs for the first part of the trail by the river. Thousands of nat type bugs that will not leave you alone. They thin out once you get higher in elevation. Make it to the top and cross the river and descend down the other side. Less bugs, pretty views.

Waterfalls that were going backwards - spraying up into the sky. We were blown UP the mountain.

Nice easy hike along the coastline. Beautiful sweeping views

Very rewarding trail. I visited in early October towards the first half of the day, and there was a great deal of ice in some areas. Hiking in the afternoon may be better so most of the ice has a chance to melt. Due to overnight rain, it was also very muddy with water up to my thigh at the lower crossing. If you cross (in the winter, without the log), I recommend switching into water shoes or having spare socks with foot warmers - the water was VERY cold! Additionally, be wary of your path at the peak of the west side of the loop, as the trail is not marked and it can get cold and windy. Hike in layers.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning trail. Just be warned, it can get a little sketchy with some ascents. Probably not best for kids and those with a fear of heights.

Great hike yesterday even though the weather was rainy and very windy. The log to cross the main river had been pulled to the other side so I hiked up the left side of the river. Lots of loose rocks and very slippy in areas where it was muddy.
The views walking up and from the top are fantastic. I came back along the top and dropped down to the valley following the Parking signs.
I’d say this hike is moderate, definitely worth it - amazing views!

Beautiful black sand beach. Roaring surf. Be leery of the waves they can be dangerous.

hiking
3 months ago

Cool to experience behind the waterfall views. Very easy hike.

Loved this hike! We did this 4 days ago and the river crossing was sketchy - log has been pulled out and the brave souls that crossed (in the cccold weather and water) either stripped off their shoes and hiking pants (water was high) or decided to do the hike wet. We stayed on the other side and still thought it was incredible and worth it! They may be nicer waterfalls in Iceland but many are packed full of tourists!

Lovely coastal hike

This is a nice trail that walks through cooled lava rocks covered with moss with the ocean by your side! At Hellnar there is a nice cafe where you can grab a drink or bite to eat before heading back.

This was by far the best hike I have ever been on. I would categorize this to be a more challenging hike. I would not recommend to bring young children on this hike, because it has parts that can be very steep and there are not many railings to hold on to. The views are unreal of the waterfall and the surrounding landscape. At some points of the hike, you use ropes to climb up or hike down. You do cross a small river in the beginning that has a rope and log to help you cross. At the very top of the falls, you cross a larger river. I would recommend bringing water shoes to make that river crossing not as challenging and even a small towel to dry off your feet. Hiking boots are definitely recommended as well as layers. We hiked up the right side of the falls and hiked down the left side and it was great.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HIKE. This trail was worth every minute!

hiking
3 months ago

Was worth the hike! Amazing view of the waterfall at the top.

A bit confusing of a meandering cliff trail. I would not recommend this for children on windy days. I was having some difficulty with the high winds. The waterfall is so beautiful, and so much more so because there’s hardly any people on this trail. You get to enjoy a natural wonder without the crowds and just a few people to help guide you!

Incredible waterfall and such a cool experience to be able to walk behind it. After you leave continue down the path to the right (away from parking) to a small, even more impressive hidden waterfall! You have to walk through a small cave to get to it. It was my favorite waterfall in Iceland.

Definitely do this! Such a fun hike. We went at the end of September on a gorgeous day. Unfortunately by this time the log that allows you to make the first river crossing was removed, which means everyone went up and down the left side of the loop. we didn’t have to do either river crossing which was actually kind of nice since the right side was closed. Keep this in mind if you hike in the winter. Still... a very fun, moderately challenging hike.

walking
3 months ago

Very fun experience to go behind this big waterfall. But even better... hike down the path to Gljufrafoss! You have to step on some stones over a small creek into a cave to get to these hidden falls but it’s worth it. Loved visiting both falls.

Must go

favorite day hike from my Iceland trip. the loop is super fun and the waterfall/views are outstanding.

Lovely walk along the coast with beautiful views. When we did it the car park was basically empty at Arnarstapi (where we parked) but very busy at Hellnar

Enjoyable coastal walk along the cliff top. Mostly flat, clearly marked and great views in both directions

walking
4 months ago

This is nice but strange hike. It is a walk that requires you to be ok with crossing logs and using ropes for climbing small hills. Nothing here is difficult for adults . My issue is the payoff is not worth the effort. The falls are OK but there are better ones in Iceland yes it is long but just not that majestic for this 60 something.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing! Varied between relatively flat and very steep. Very interesting elements between the cave, “bridge crossing”, and views of the waterfall. This is a great hike and I highly recommend it.

walking
4 months ago

This area is known as black beach. It is a very windy and dangerous area. There is a sign that talks about rouge waves taking victims out to sea for imminent death. The beach is composed of black pebbles and rocks. There are basalt column cliffs next to the beach. Only downfall is too many people.

hiking
4 months ago

As others have mentioned, you must pay for parking and display the ticket in your window. After paying, there is a short walk for a good view of the falls The mist from the falls will get you wet, especially if you go behind the falls. I HIGHLY recommend taking the short walk to the other waterfall and a gorge. There is a high waterfall in the gorge but it was crowded. I recommend waiting and going into the Gljúfrabúi gorge. It takes about 15-20 seconds to get into the gorge; however, the stream will get your feet wet.

The coolest waterfall experience! Feels amazing to go behind this iconic waterfall.

Very scenic hiking area at the coastal line of Snaefellsness

nature trips
4 months ago

One of the most amazing places in Iceland

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