Dynkur Dynkur is a waterfall that it is about 38 m high in the Þjórsá River, southeast below the Kóngsá River in the Flóamanna district. The river flows over many ledges as small falls that together make one system of waterfalls, but most important is the wondrous beauty and changeable rainbows that form so that it becomes an eruption of color over the falls when the sun shines. The peo...
Fagrifoss Fagrifoss in Köldukvísl justly bears its name of «beautiful falls». Below it a magnificent gorge opens out. Some say that Fagrifoss is one of nature’s pearls. The drive to the falls is pleasant, affording a view of the water as well as of the stupendous gorge below it.
Gjáin Gjáin is a short gorge near the ruins of the old farm of Stöng in the valley of the Þjórsá River. Entrance is by a short path. The Red River cascades into the valley over two main waterfalls at the head of the gorge and races to meet the Foss River at Reykholt. The larger waterfall is Gjárfoss. Clear springs bubble into the gorge, with its rough cliffs and lush vegetation of mosses,...
Gljúfurleitarfoss Þjórsárver in the north. The area is well vegetated, with flowers and hollows where berries thrive. The south river that runs through Gljúfurleit and joins the Þjórsá in a simple, little waterfall is Geldingaá. There is very impressive columnar basalt at the Geldingatanga promontory north of the river and north of this the Höskná River joins the Þjórsár. Stockmen rouding...
Háifoss The Fossá River cascades from the edge of the highlands into the narrow valley of Fossársdalur, at the head of the valley of the Þjórsá River. The river pours over steep cliffs in two falls, the larger of which was unnamed until the geologist Helgi Pjeturs named it Háifoss (High Falls) in 1912. It is 122 metres high and is the second highest in the country (after Glym in Hvalfjord). T...
Hjálparfoss The national road through the Þjórsár Valley goes over the bridge that spans the Fossá River. Shortly below, the paved road goes to one of the best known stopping places in the valley of the Þjórsá River: Hjálparfossi. There the Fossá tumbles over the edge of the lava in two separate branches, falling deep into a beautiful vegetated hollow in the columnar basalt cliffs by the...
Hrauneyjarfoss “This waterfall in the Tungnaá River is 29m high and is not far above the confluence of the Tungnaá and a branch of the Köldukvísl. Above the falls there are several small islands, Hrauneyjar, well vegetated. Below the falls is an awesome gorge. Today the water in the Tungnaá at Hrauneyjafoss has been harnessed, construction having started in 1978 and the power plant completed...
Rauðfoss A branch of Rauðfoss (Rauðfoss or Red Falls) cascades at Fitjarnar, drops about 60 meters and spreads over the flat red rocks the falls are named for. The falls appear from the Dómadals route, but it is easy to miss them, especially if there are large snowdrifts and they take on the same color as the snow. It is, however, easy to walk to the falls.
Tungnárgljúfur í Sigöldu
Tungnárgljúfur í Sigöldu The Tungnaá Gorge in Sigalda The hiking path to Sigalda is one of the best marked in the Holtamanna district. The path through the gorge is 7 km long and “goes from the Sigalda power plant up to Sigalda, where there is a wide view over the surroundings. The path goes to the dam at Krókslón and from there down along the channel of the Tungnaá. There waterdraining...
Þjófafoss & Tröllkonuhlaup
Þjófafoss & Tröllkonuhlaup These two waterfalls resembled rapids when there was a great deal of water in the Þjórsá River east of Mt. Búrfell, but after the Búrfell power plant was opened little water has run in the old channel. Þjófafoss(Thófafoss or Thieves’ Waterfall) is said to have been named because of the thieves that were drowned there. Tröllkonuhlaup (Trollwoman Leap) lay between sev...