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Austurbrekkur to Sjónarnípa, Svartifoss, and Magnúsafoss

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Vatnajökull National Park

Austurbrekkur to Sjónarnípa, Svartifoss, and Magnúsafoss is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Skaftárhreppur, Southern, Iceland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 869 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

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Waterfall

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Reviews (75)
Photos (259)
Recordings (60)
Completed (132)
Philip B
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Justine Dodson
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Brad Cosgrove
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I put 5 stars on a lot, but this was truly amazing and worthy of the best rating. Going clockwise is easier to hike but counter clockwise is a better view

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Ryan Shepherd
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Gorgeous hike along the glacier. Bring your camera.

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Laura Russell
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good distance hike

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Akshay A.
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Hiking

Great trail with views of waterfalls and glacier. Well marked. I recommend doing the trail clockwise, first to the falls and onwards to the glacier viewpoint. The trail is significantly more rewarding and less steep in this direction. Follow the signs for S6 from the visitor center for the trail. Also, the hike up to the waterfall is the majority of the climb, so if you have the time do the glacier viewpoint.

rafe hart
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This is a great 2-3 hour hike with photo stops. A couple tips I can offer include going clockwise. You gain elevation, then see a waterfall, gain elevation and see a stream, gain elevation and see an old house, gain elevation and get a glacier view. Counterclockwise, like on the All Trails tracking map is a two mile slog straight up then all the sights on the way down. Also, don’t follow the eastern trail on the way up—go the western side to Svartifoss. You see one more waterfall, get way less crowds, and can to a 500 meter detour to the village of Sel and see 100 year old sod/turf roof houses.

Jen Klo
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Hiking

The trail takes about 2.5 to 3 hours depending on fitness level and how much you stop for pictures. I started with the fall then proceeded towards the glacier. The elevation gain seems a bit more gradual with less rocks and roots to climb. I’m glad I didn’t just stop at the falls. It was definitely worth it to see the glacier

Kelsey Mann
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Beautiful views of the glacier, but the trek is a bit boring. The other waterfalls are pretty but small compared to others in the area. We went up the side with the gradual climb and came down the steep side, but doing it in either direction would be fine too. Definitely worth it for the views!

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Tom Kosters
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy trail, our favourite one in Iceland so far! We did see lots of other tourists, but that's to be expected

Michael Dosenberger
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Our family had a great time on this trail - a really great mix of terrain and landscape. Glacier View was epic and the top portion was beautiful and even climbed off track a bit to explore some rivers. Highly recommend.

Curtis Pliler
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Hiking

The kid at the information desk recommended this rout from The waterfall so we could get an overview of the glacier as well. Great advice. Very few people after the falls. Amazing vantage point.

Fabien Provost
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Fin de randonnée au terminus du glacier, c’était magnifique!

Jack Hooker
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I was between a four and a five on this. The views are spectacular and I’d recommend the hike for those alone. Really I can’t imagine being bummed out about spending time on this one. It’s not a particularly challenging hike which is good if you’re a bit tired. Five is a hard rating to get so maybe I’m just being particular. Either way do it!

Dasha White
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Maarten S
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Hiking

Bit of a steep, but amazing views and a nice walk on the top. Would definitely recommend.

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Jason Canosa
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3/31/2019 This trail was nothing short of spectacular. I started on the Svartifoss side and continued to Snòbarnípa and finished with Austurbrekkur. Amazing waterfalls on the way up to Svartifoss. And absolutely nobody on the loop trail that connects you to the glacier viewing trail. Fairly straight forward with easy to follow paths. Some steady incline for almost the entire way no matter which side you start on but nevertheless totally worth it and totally doable for any fitness level (depending on how much time you have) I am relatively fit and finished the whole loop in approximately 2 hours 10 minutes including multiple stops for pictures and jaw dropping scenery.

Melser Bonilla
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Hiking

A fantastic hike. Just do it you won’t regret it. It’s not hard at all. a few steep sections but easily doable.

Anu R.
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Easy hike with just a few steeper sections. We set out along the ridge. This was terrific since we could see the glacier for the whole walk up. Also nice birding in the shrub area. The view at Sjonarnipa was lovely and worth taking some time to enjoy. The walk from there to the Svartifoss waterfall was delightful, and included some boardwalks to protect the wetlands. We absolutely loved this hike.

Dirk Fust
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J W.
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Charles Petitt
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Lenny L.
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Samantha Sam-Chen
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Carlos Del Cerro
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Mitchael Houtsager
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