Canyons and Secret Lagoon

On the edge of the Icelandic highlands lies a spectacular canyon Laxárglúfur accessible only by specially equipped vehicles.

Down in the lowlands the fresh-water river Stóra-Laxá is perhaps better known for its salmon fishing but way above sea-level there is a different story to be told. Over thousands of years the river has carved the ancient volcanic tuff, forming an extraordinary spectacle.

The great landscape of the canyon
Spectacular view.

On the way up to where the canyon lies, the massive glacial river Hvítá with its unforgiving grayish color, along with stories of Iceland’s most renowned outlaw are examples of the numerous interesting sights to be seen and stories to be heard. The beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley with its lavish vegetation can be a heartwarming sight but only ten minutes later the harsh desert-like highlands make you wonder how people lived in this barren land.


Once reaching the final destination Laxárglúfur one can enjoy a short hike to fully embrace the moment. The canyon reaches a depth of up to 200 meters (650 feet) and the view is absolutely astonishing. With amazingly picturesque rock formations there is always something new to grasp. Whether it is trolls turned to stone or a seemingly bottomless crevice filled with crystal clear water, this location is a true favorite. If conditions are good it is actually possible to hike down into the canyon to get an up close and personal connection with the powerful stream and the magical rock walls hovering above.

After a day on the highlands we strongly recommend warming up at the wonderful Secret Lagoon. Built in a highly geothermal area the Secret Lagoon is a natural pool perfect for recuperating after a long day. The all-natural hot-spring water stays at 38°-40°C (101-104°F). A little geyser that erupts every 5 minutes adds spice to the experience and during some winter evenings the northern light can be amazing.

Minimum age: 8 years.

Highlights of the Canyons and Secret lagoon tour:

  • Local guide
  • View over the beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley
  • Off-road drive in to the  Icelandic highlands
  • View of  Langjökull glacier
  • Laxárgljúfur Canyon including a short hike down into the gorge
  • Secret Lagoon

Difficulty Ratings: Moderate

Remember to bring: Your camera, warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, good shoes, swimsuit and towel.

Secret Local Adventures offers pick up and drop off service over the whole southern part of Iceland

and from all of our major partners.

Duration: 6 – 7 hours. From Flúðir.

Duration: 7 – 8 hours. From Selfoss.

Duration: 8 – 9 hours. From Reykjavík.

Season: All seasons
Up to 6 passengers

For larger groups please book by email
Price per person ISK 38.990.-
secretlocal.is
+354 8990772
secretlocal@secretlocal.is

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