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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.

Walked in high winds at the very end of November. The pool at the top of the board walk was really hot, even though it was starting to snow :)

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

Beautiful hike, but be careful if snowy- the trail can be very slippery since it’s so steep.

Awesome. Totally different from what you think. You get the sense you are in the middle of nowhere. May bother some people.

Beautiful scenery. Easy hiike

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.

the trail part of the hike was very easy. We went in October and saw some great rainbows on the walk back, but the real fun was going up on the glacier. we brought our own micro spikes and hiking poles and went without a guide. there's so much traffic on the glacier that it was easy to follow the paths of the tour groups without following behind them. crossing the medial moraine was a bit more complicated, had to go pretty far up, but definitely worth it (to us)

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful falls in Iceland of the ones I saw. The hike has a incline on the way there and a decline on the way back. Recommend!

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!

1 month ago

Three sketchy rope sections near the top but worth it.

Facile. Terrain plat. Nous sommes allez pour le couché de soleil. Retour à la noirceur donc peu de touristes. Sentier bien délimité.

hiking
2 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.

The hike itself has some very nice views. We went the day after it snowed in early October. It was a bit cold and rainy. No one warned us until we walked through the rain for 2 miles... but the river was cold and no one was in it! We have no idea why... maybe that’s what happens after it snows. Keep this in mind if you try to go during the winter.

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
2 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.

Recommend doing the loop with Austerbrekkur on the way up to see the glacier, then to the waterfall. Or if you need and easier hike do the A. Trail on the way down. But it’s a great view on the whole way up to look at the glacier!

2 months ago

The views are key here, you get a glimpse of 360 around you, the town, the ocean, the waterfalls of course across the road! Much worth it.

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.

The walk is a little bit boring. The black sand beach is beautiful. The plane is nothing extraordinary.

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!

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