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Beautiful falls and easy walk

A simple walk around the geysers. Enjoyable but crowded - you'll struggle to get a photo without either dozens of people or tour buses in.

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
7 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!

walking
9 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!

This is a beautiful area and an nice walk that gets progressively more difficult and has lots of viewing points.

walking
11 days ago

Although not as beautiful as Yellowstone, they are very pretty. There are geysers & hot springs. This is more of a gentle walk but there are a lot of tourists (as expected).

nature trips
12 days ago

Insane waterfall!

nature trips
12 days ago

Very nice waterfall but it became quite touristic the last years

hiking
12 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.

Super quick to walk to. It erupts every 5-10 min and some blasts are better than others. So it’s worth sticking around for a couple eruptions to see it. Also, watch where the wind is blowing. A huge shot of water came up and blew lukewarm water right at us.

There weren’t as many tourists as I anticipated. Beautiful waterfall and the whole surrounding area too.

We did this hike on a cold and rainy day and the wind was brutal, especially on the top.I am small and did not want to get too close to the edge because the wind was litteraly pushing me. The first river crossing is easy but we were not prepared for the second one.It's quite slippery and my shoes were soaked . Once on the other ride, we thought we would be running down.Big mistake. There are several trails with no marking ( I assume most people don't cross the river on the top) and we got lost several times as some of these trails led to nowhere. This app saved us and even with a gps is was not obvious where the trail was. We ended up going through the bushes to find our way. We were obviously not the only ones in this situation as we saw radom foot prints in the middle of nowhere. We finished the loop in 3:50, cold and muddy at night fall (scary), but with very nice pictures...

Gorgeous hike! Some of the most amazing views I have ever seen. Definitely start on the right side of the loop for better views. The first river crossing seems a bit treacherous, but is manageable using the wire across the river. You will get wet here, but tall hiking boots will be good. The second river crossing came up to my knees. I definitely recommend changing into waterproof shoes or sandals if you plan to do this part of the trail. My friends and I were definitely wet and fairly cold by the end of the hike, but it was absolutely worth it!

A iconic place. But crowdy.

Very nice waterfall, but it is crowdy place.

Beautiful even at night! We started hiking at 10:30pm during sunset and arrived at the springs at about 11:30. We didn't see anyone else at the springs, very peaceful. The water was the perfect temperature for a nice dip, not too hot so we could stay in for a while. definitely doing this again!

Beautiful area with fascinating history, but not very peaceful due to the crowds. As with most Iceland points of interest, recommend going early to beat the tourist crowds.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Highly recommend the glacier tours. Well worth the money to climb on this beautiful piece of nature.

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