Hengifoss Waterfall
Hengifoss Waterfall
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Ron S
    New York City, New York5,703 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hengifoss
    The right side trek (facing the waterfalls) has pretty steep parts so shoes with good traction soles are a must. The view are nice providing a few spots to take a stunningly sharp picture. The parking is free.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • travelrads
    New York City, New York549 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty Steep Path Beautiful Views and Falls
    Longer and steeper hike than we expected. The last approximately 25% of the hike is over a stony poorly defined path strewn with slippery boulders. However, should be ok for a person of average fitness and agility, just take your time. The 360 degree views on the way up and down are astounding. You will pass littlefoss on the way up a small waterfall. At the end of the trail there is a viewing platform with a great vista of the waterfall. If one likes they can walk over additional boulders to get closer to the falls. Interesting waterfall, tall and surrounding earth has colored striations due to different mineral layers. We took the left hand side trail (as facing the trailhead) on the way up a steady climb. We took the other side on the way down. Different views overall less steep but punctuated with steeper intervals.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom1,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hengifoss
    I had to really summon up the will to hike this after a long drive from the south coast in & out of the Eastfjords before driving on to my accommodation in Seydisfjordur. I’m glad I did. I really wanted to see this striped waterfall. It’s a steep uphill hike but thankfully not too long at just over a mile each way. You can actually see the top half of the waterfall from the start of the hike. You have the option of taking the left or right hand paths up (facing Hengifoss), if you take the right hand one, you will have to cross the bridge further up to cross over to the left hand track. I went up the left hand side then coming down I crossed the bridge to come down the rest of the way on the other side. There are WC facilities here (though no running water as at Sept 2023). They are upgrading the visitor facilities. There is the Hengifoss Snack Van available also. On the day I visited it was windy so the water was getting blown around a bit instead of falling steadily down. You also have the bonus of Litlanesfoss & it’s basalt columns half way up.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK1,740 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I had to really summon up the will to hike this after a long drive from the south coast in & out of the Eastfjords before driving on to my accommodation in Seydisfjordur. I’m glad I did. I really wanted to see this striped waterfall. It’s a steep uphill hike but thankfully not too long at just over a mile each way. You can actually see the top half of the waterfall from the start of the hike. You have the option of taking the left or right hand paths up (facing Hengifoss), if you take the right hand one, you will have to cross the bridge further up to cross over to the left hand track. I went up the left hand side then coming down I crossed the bridge to come down the rest of the way on the other side. There are WC facilities here (though no running water as at Sept 2023). They are upgrading the visitor facilities. There is the Hengifoss Snack Van available also. On the day I visited it was windy so the water was getting blown around a bit instead of falling steadily down. You also have the bonus of Litlanesfoss & it’s basalt columns half way up.
Written 10 September 2023
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travelrads
New York City, NY549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Longer and steeper hike than we expected. The last approximately 25% of the hike is over a stony poorly defined path strewn with slippery boulders. However, should be ok for a person of average fitness and agility, just take your time. The 360 degree views on the way up and down are astounding. You will pass littlefoss on the way up a small waterfall. At the end of the trail there is a viewing platform with a great vista of the waterfall. If one likes they can walk over additional boulders to get closer to the falls. Interesting waterfall, tall and surrounding earth has colored striations due to different mineral layers. We took the left hand side trail (as facing the trailhead) on the way up a steady climb. We took the other side on the way down. Different views overall less steep but punctuated with steeper intervals.
Written 7 August 2023
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The right side trek (facing the waterfalls) has pretty steep parts so shoes with good traction soles are a must. The view are nice providing a few spots to take a stunningly sharp picture. The parking is free.
Written 22 July 2023
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Lisa
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The Hengifoss Waterfall hike is well worth it. It's a longer and steeper hike than we expected. I highly recommend going all the way to the top. The multicolored layers of rock are different than anything I've ever seen. Litlanesfoss Waterfall is near the lower part of the hike, but getting all the way to Hengifoss and back takes an hour or more.
Note: In June, there was a food truck at the base of the hike called Hengifoss Food Truck which had amazing waffles and ice cream. With few places to eat in the area, it was fantastic to have a food option. The waffles and ice cream were beyond delicious.
Written 2 January 2023
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RaczDavidBarbi
Debrecen, Hungary82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A relatively long and tiring hike leads to Hengifoss waterfall, but there is Litlanesfoss waterfall in the middle of the trail. There is a built path leading up and there were relatively many people. We prefer more adventurous hikes, so the trail was not our favorite, although it was beautiful.
Written 27 September 2022
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Megan K
Chicago, IL44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It took us (two women in late 20's/early 30's) about 1 hour to hike to the waterfall. The hardest part of the hike is at the beginning, as it starts out steep. As you go, it becomes less steep. About 2/3 of the way to the waterfall, you'll have a pretty good view of the falls and there's a bench. If you wanted to, you could stop there. At this point, the path becomes more narrow and muddy. We kept going. The muddy trail took us a small river. We weren't sure if we were supposed to keep going, but there was rope along the path and the rope continued so we stepped on rocks to cross the river. After the river, there are larger rocks and boulders that you need to climb over. Once again, I wasn't sure if the path continued, but we saw other people ahead and more rope so we kept going.

When the path ends, you'll know. There's a green sign that says "end of path." It was a very fulfilling hike.

We were able to hike back to our car in about half the time, going downhill was easier!

I highly recommend this hike!
Written 7 August 2022
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Bao H
Phoenix, AZ552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The hike to the falls is amazing! However, it's a lot of elevation gain and I had to take several stops to rest. Needless to say, well worth it because of the view. The fall itself is cool and well maintained. When we went some of the paths were blocked off by fallen rocks but we scrambled our way around it.
Written 21 June 2022
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Owen Thesaints
Kent728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
On a beautiful June day we went to hike Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls. We made use of our walking poles - the ascent along the trail was easier as a result. The trail started with wooden steps, then rubber matting before becoming a well prepared path. There were views to be had going up the trail, most notably of Litlanesfoss with its basalt columns providing a frame for the spectacular falls. Although it was necessary to approach the edge of the cliff to get the best views, helpfully there were benches and information panels to rest and to learn more about the geology of the specific area. These falls were about 30 metres tall. Making our way further up the trail, the path was still stable and easy to hike. There was a short descent and it was here that there was the chance to get wet feet, with a further water course adding to the torrent. All previous streams had stout wooded bridges. Having made it safely across, the trail became significantly harder going. It was narrow and rocky. After scrambling over rocks, there were some stone steps and then a boardwalk, the end of which was where the best view of the waterfall could be viewed. The rest of the trail had been closed off as water levels were too high for safety. As a result the splash pool could not be seen although the backdrop to the falls, with its horizontal red and brown strata was stunning. The hike took about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace.
Written 19 June 2022
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FernandoNevesAlmeida
Lisbon, Portugal323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
It's a long way, about 4km, go and return, climbing 300 meters, but it is totally worthwhile. The waterfall is majestatic, the red layers surprising and on the way it is possible to see the fantastic Litlanesfoss, surrounded by huge basalt pillars. There is many fantastic waterfalls in Iceland, maybe more well known, but you should not miss those ones.
Written 13 October 2021
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jockette22
Utah69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
The waterfalls and basalt formations were really spectacular, however, the hike was less fun. It is pretty close to just straight up the mountain. We were unfortunately there while there was a bad, icy wind. It made the already tough hike harder. The terrain is a mostly dirt path, with times of walking on small rocks.
Written 2 October 2021
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