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One of my favorite hikes of all time. Be aware that it’s extremely windy at the top. At least it was when we went in June. The water crossing is so fun. We did it barefoot and wished we had some water shoes. It’s doable without though. Hiking shoes and boots needed because it’s slippery.

If you are in the area, and you hike, it's easy to incorporate that along your normal route, and it's worth it.

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!

Easy...ha... those stairs almost killed me.

Spend a little time and wait for a good size blast....

Beautiful falls. The best was definitely the waterfall in the cave. Watch out some of the rocks are a little unstable and the water is cold!

Amazing views. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done and fully recommend. Thankful for the great tread on my boots. And the weather was poor so it got very windy on the way back (west side). River crossings we’re easy but glad I had water shoes. Hug tight to the edge on the west side coming back down; muddy though. (I started by going over the log and then crossing the river above the falls). Shorter than the 3-4 hours that I expected. Took me about 2 hours and 15 minutes to do the full loop- that was with taking multiple picture stops, however, I’m very athletic. And if you’re driving from the Golden Circle route 48 becomes gravel and has very large holes. I was nervous, but made it in a Toyota Yaris (very small car).

Skipped the lower river crossing as the flow seemed a bit too strong for us. We backtracked and took the far north trail up and around. Although very visible on Google maps the entrance/exit split is somewhat hard to find - near 235m east of the parking lot gate. North path had no trail markers we saw, 12-13% incline in some sections.

Fun hike! Not too challenging physically. The river crossing isn't as scary as it looks. Would be easier with water shoes, but we just took off our boots, socks and rolled up out pants and cross it with no problem.

Great trail. Traffic jam at the log crossing below, at least on a Sunday afternoon. Crossing past the falls at the top was worth it just to not have to wait again. Like others have said, the water is very cold and the rocks a little painful. But totally worth it. Much less traffic coming down after crossing over. Beautiful views of the falls!

hiking
18 days 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
19 days ago

This hike begins with a solid 10-15 minute incline at the outset. If you're not in shape, it may require you to stop and take a breather a time or two but I imagine many will be able to power through. Once you reach the top, the most difficult part of the hike is over.

You have a choice with Hversfjall. You can chill out up top and observe the crater from the initial viewpoint or you can continue onward, completing the hike around the entire rim. I encourage the latter. The rim itself is quite wide and it's a pretty moderate hike with some rolling inclines but nothing like the initial ascent. The views of the crater are great but Hversfjall also serves as a wonderful vantage point for the surrounding territory, offering looks down toward Lake Myvatn and back in the direction of the Krafla area.

One thing to keep in mind: the wind. Gusts can really pick up depending upon which part of the crater you're traversing. Just keep a solid grasp of any loose jackets, gloves, hats, or phones and you should be all set.

hiking
19 days ago

The listed trail (0.8 miles) is very crowded. I recommend climbing the stairs, reaching the observation point, then continuing onward. The trail proceeds through a gate that leads multiple miles back along the river. Here, you will discover a lot more waterfalls and a lot more solitude. It's an out & back so you can choose how deep you go but the views are incredible. I'd give the extended hike five stars and the 0.8 mile hike (just up the stairs and back) three stars, though Skogafoss is incredible to observe regardless.

I'd say moderate hike (at least with our difficult windy rainy conditions), but so worth it! Tons of geothermal activity. Bring your suit but I was a little bummed that the river we swam in was a bit shallow and about as hot as a bath (not a hot tub). But still recommend this !

We hiked to the river swimming area and back, 4.6 miles. Very pretty and make sure you bring a swimsuit!

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful waterfall but completely packed with crowds nowadays. The trail (stairs) have been redone, so you can no longer walk to the edge.

Beautiful, challenging and fun.

hiking
29 days ago

Amazing mountain hike. Definitely bring water shoes for crossing. The first lower crossing has a cable and then partial small log. The above waterfalls crossing has nothing. It was too deep and much wider for us to cross in mid June (would be doable but very cold and longer time in water). Amazing views- everything you’d expect and want to see in an Iceland hike. It is strenuous with lots of uphill parts and large elevation changes- bring water and snacks.

Fantastic hike again!! Water shoes are very helpful. The river runs cold and crossing quick keeps feeling in your feet. Steep spots have hand lines and A lot of work has gone into the trail over the past year. Props to those doing the work!

Such a gorgeous trail and awesome workout! The view from the top is awesome, and if you keep going there’s another awesome waterfall area.

walking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Gorgeous views all around! Little creeks and and small waterfalls along the trail and near the end there’s a little creek cave you can walk up to another small waterfall. Absolutely gorgeous!

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

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in to the bridge that crosses the Skoga River. 21 waterfalls along approximately 5 miles of moderate to challenging trail with an elevation gain of 520 meters. Yes I will do it again! Just keep going along the river and follow the numbered wooden stakes blazed blue on top!

This was a fun hike. That being said the out and back to the bathing area is an easy hike. We followed the map provided here and completed the 7 miles which goes beyond the bathing area doing a loop and then joining the trail at the bathing area and back down. The upper loop should not be considered easy and hiking boots should be worn. There is a spot where the trail narrows and chains are fastened to rocks that help you hang on. We were not in shoes with enough traction and had to cross here barefoot.

Nice walk that takes you all through town. Walked the city the day before and this took me to places I would have missed.

Water levels were very high and made for exciting river crossings. Bring real water shoes! We did it bare-footed. The river crossing above the falls was extremely cold and painful without shoes. Beauty here is also extreme. Climb is very steep in some parts and the decent slippery - but nothing treacherous. It took us 4 hours to hike, stop for lunch and take lots of photos.

great hike! crossing the river with the water being knee high was pretty intense, but totally worth it. once you cross the river you start to climb and can see the amazing waterfall. if you turn around the valley is also very picturesque. it snowed, rained, and then became very sunny on our trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible

Beautiful waterfall!! East steps to the top.

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