The third highest waterfall in Iceland, Hengifoss, is mainly eye-catching due to the striking red clay and black basalt patterns of the cliff face that make a pretty backdrop for the narrow ribbon of water cascading down. As with sever other waterfalls in country, there is the possibility to climb behind the waterfall and here there is a small cave to explore as well.
Trekking to the waterfall takes about 40-60 minutes from the parking lot. The trail is picturesque and beautiful, it leads you by Litlanesfoss waterfall, where you can find remarkable basalt stone columns. The trail is moderately steep and well marked, but one needs to show caution when walking close to the canyon, especially when hiking with children. The river runs into the lake Lagarfljot, home of the world famous wyrm monster Lagarfljotsormur.
When is the best time to visit Hengifoss?
We recommend that you take time to enjoy your visit to Hengifoss waterfall. It’s serene beauty offers some great photo opportunities and for best conditions in the summer we advice that you visit the fall early in the day, when sun shines directly at it.
During high season (July) it can be crowded by Hengifoss but it is mainly just jammed with cars at the parking lot. If you don’t find a space to park you can just continue further into the valley and check the visitor’s center for Vatnajokull National Park at Skriduklaustur (5km) and then get back to see if some have moved.
Where to find Hengifoss?
Hengifoss is in East Iceland and within the Vatnajokull National Park.
GPS: 65.095626 N, -14.890549 W