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Hengifoss Waterfall

Hengifoss Waterfall

Published: 20. June 2019
By: Þorsteinn (Thor)

Hengifoss is located in Hengifossá in fljótsdalshreppur. It’s the third highest waterfall in Iceland, standing a whopping 128 meters tall. It’s also known for its beautiful surroundings; being surrounded by Basaltic Strata with thin, red layers of clay between the basaltic layers. The red layers is actually very old clay that has been colored red by oxidation of its iron. These surroundings, coupled with the height of it, is what makes Hengifoss waterfall so special.

Be prepared for approx.2.5 km hike to the waterfall. The hike itself is not very difficult and offers the perfect opportunity to spend some time outdoors, get the blood flowing, and enjoy the Icelandic landscape. You will even find some nice surprises on the way, like the Litlanesfoss waterfall, which is not visible from the road. The parking lot can be crowded during the high-season, so my advice is to make this one of your first or last stops that day.


The Location:

How to get there:

Go from Egilsstaðir onto road number 95 and then turn onto road number 931 an at the T intersection make a left turn onto 933 and shortly after making that turn you are at the Hengifoss track

Things to do:

Take the trek up to the waterfall and see the power of one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. There are also plenty of other things to do an see in the area, such as wilderness horse riding tours, ATV tours, jeep tours, Laugarfell Hot Spring, and more.

Best place for your photo:

Roughly 10 meters from the water fall next to the stream coming from the lagoon under the waterfall

Þorsteinn (Thor)
Þorsteinn (Thor) takes great pride in being a total computer, photography, and marketing geek. When he's not geeking out, he's driving around Iceland in a Happy Camper taking photographs. Coffee and Photoshop make him a happy camper.

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