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Busy but you can't help but be impressed. Don't just stick to the bottom: climb the steps to the top and continue going up the path to see more falls and terrific views. There were about 100 people at the bottom and along the top path we came across maybe a dozen people.

One of my favourite hikes in Iceland. Agree with others that it is more medium than easy but definitely worth the climb to be treated to a dip in the natural springs.

Must go

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

The walk in was a bit steeper than the ‘easy’ implied- but good. The path is well maintained. We headed out around 10:30 am and it took us about an hour to walk to the river. Uphill most of the way. The river was lovely. Nice charging areas and plenty of places to sit. Some had suggested that the further upstream the hotter the water. Overall a beautiful hike and afternoon!

Beautiful falls and easy walk

3 days ago

Criminally overlooked! This is an easy hike on a quiet stretch - perfect for getting away from the crowds. It takes in great views of the lava rock formations and allows you to get right up close to them all the while taking in views of the lake

lovely easy hike with beautiful views. definitely recommend this one.

busy but worth it. do climb the stairs and walk through the gate and further along the views are lovely

Lovely hike with a wonderful reward at the end. definitely bring your swimming gear!!! the temperature is lovely and perfect to relax in after a hike

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.

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.

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.

walking
11 days ago

This is a must-see waterfall, especially while traveling in Iceland's famous Golden Circle. This is an easy short walk with spectacular rewards!

This waterfall is located within Pingvellir National Park. In my opinion, the waterfall is not the highlight of the things to see. The history is interesting and i've never seen a fissure before. You can walk to the several attractions in about 2-3 hours.

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

A bit of a crowd but still a beautiful and worthwhile walk

One of my favorite waterfalls in Iceland! Powerful and tons of rainbows

Long stair climb to the top but beautiful views of neighboring farms and sheep on the way up. Iconic waterfall!

hiking
11 days ago

This was a great hike. I am not very a very experienced hiker and was still able to do this in 2 days with ~7.5 miles before lunch and ~7.5 after. Add a third day to get to Skogar. Recommend 3 nights camping (but packs could be much lighter if you do all huts!). First pre-hike night at Landmannalaugar. Second night at Hvanngil (had dinner in Alftavatn). Third night at Basar or Skagfiorosskaili.

walking
13 days ago

Gorgeous waterfall and worth your time while in Iceland! There is an option to walk up several steps to the top but the views from the bottom are much better! We scored a bonus with a very scenic rainbow and, at times, a double rainbow!

hiking
13 days ago

Incredible hike with amazing views you won’t see anywhere else! The weather is tough and can make an otherwise pleasant walk a miserable trudge. We narrowly missed a snowstorm in late August that would have shut our trek down. It’s well worth the effort though, no matter the weather!

backpacking
13 days ago

Amazing Trail. Also went all the way to Skógar. Definitely worth the extra couple days to see all the waterfalls at the end.

nature trips
15 days ago

Insane waterfall!

nature trips
15 days ago

Very nice waterfall but it became quite touristic the last years

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!

hiking
16 days ago

One thing that's tricky any rating system is that, in many cases, it's purely subjective. While I see that some folks have said this trail is harder than the AllTrails rating says, I found the "moderate" rating accurate in this case. For some context, I'm a 30something who is not super athletic, but completes the occasional 5K or 10K (not very fast, though). We had good weather the day of the hike -- cloudy, cool, a slight breeze -- but having hiked in treacherous weather in Iceland, too, I would not recommend this hike on a rainy day.

There are some challenging and exciting parts of the trail, such as the river crossings, but they are not that hard to do. While some parts of the hike do get close to the edge, I never felt like I was in danger; in many cases you can navigate the trail a few feet inland if you feel you're too close.

We crossed the river up top in our boots. I have a bad ankle and generally poor balance, and didn't want to risk toppling over with my pack. In early September the water was chilly, but not bitterly cold (at least with hiking socks and boots on). Your shoes will be entirely submerged -- I have long legs and the water was up past my shins -- but as others have suggested, as long as you stay on the smalls rocks and not the large, flat ones, you'll be fine. We brought a quick-dry towel and extra socks to change into once we crossed. Spend a few minutes drying off, squeezing out the water in your insoles, and watching other cross the river, and you'll be good to go in no time. Our shoes were damp, but the hike back down was very comfortable -- because we brought the extra socks and towel.

It may sound silly, but in order to navigate this hike successfully, I would suggest wearing sturdy hiking boots. Those who hike in sneakers will have a difficult time with the inevitable slippery spots.

As others have said, the hike back down on the other side is not as well-labeled, but you'll find your way back. We eventually ran into some hikers and saw others down the trail from above, so we did our best to follow along and navigated without issue.

Do this hike!!!

Absolutely epic. Loved every inch of this trail. If you plan on completing the loop though, be prepared for the river crossing up on top... it’s at least ankle deep in spots, waterproof boots won’t help you. We opted to just trudge through it with our boots on, instead of going barefoot. Bring a sturdy pair of flip flops, or maybe a pair of old sneakers and extra socks in your backpack if you plan to do this part. Enjoy the scenery, this one is not to be missed while in Iceland.

Impressive waterfall, easy walk. And you can get right up to it. I imagine it would be beautiful in winter with all the ice.

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