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Hjálparfoss

Hjálparfoss (Iceland)

Practical information on Hjálparfoss

  • Waterfall
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 km from Fludir by car
When to go
Between May and October
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Hjálparfoss

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
157 written opinions

What would Iceland be without its waterfalls? This one is located in the south of the country, not far from Fludir, on the road towards Landmannalaugar.

My suggestion:
Take the time to discover Hjalparfoss, but also Thjofafoss and Haifoss, located not far from there and both excuses for a beautiful hike.
My review

Hjalparfoss is a small, double waterfall which doesn't have the height or the power of Dettifoss or Gullfoss, nor the height of Hengifoss, but it does have two arms which merge. Here, I promise a beautiful walk to those who find themselves around Landmannalaugar.

During my trips to Iceland, I only took this gravel road n°32 once, which stops a little further, after Hjalparfoss. Indeed, it was time to park the vehicle and hike a little between lava fields and green, hilly slopes. Besides, I couldn't go any further, as the road then turned into a track reserved for 4x4s and I would have needed to come back in other conditions!

Access to the waterfall is easy and doesn't take long, which allows anyone to get there. The formations on the sides of Hjalparfoss, in basalts, seem to make sorts of designs, which only the Icelandic people can understand; perhaps they're trolls which ended up fossilised there! 

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