Driving through Iceland’s longest river-valley, Þjórsárdalur, the glacial river Þjórsá with the notorious volcano Hekla looming above is a magical experience.
On this tour we follow Fossá, a spring-water river emerging from the Icelandic highlands. Pursuing off-road trails, our massive trucks take us to various locations.
The peaceful and unique Hjálparfoss is a photographer’s delight. The waterfall is split in two with a beautiful pond in front. Surrounded by marvellous rock formations, the area can be quite inspiring.
Next up is a stop to see the ruins of Stöng, a Viking settlement farm, excavated in 1939. Close by lies one of nature’s masterpieces called Gjáin. A mix of lavish vegetation and small waterfalls, surrounded by columnar basalt formations, result in a wonderful oasis.
Higher up the river there are two neighbouring waterfalls, Háifoss and Granni. Háifoss, with its 122 meter (400 feet) drop, is Iceland’s second highest waterfall. Standing above the huge gorge that the waterfalls have carved is simply breathtaking.
Although concentrating on these three waterfalls, this trip also gives passengers a chance to explore the contrast of Iceland’s diverse nature, the lush Þjórsárdalur Valley and the barren, rocky highlands above.
Highlights of the Canyons tour:
- Local guide
- Drive through the beautiful Þjórsárdalur valley
- Hjálparfoss Waterfall
- Historical site Stöng
- Gjáin gorge
- View of volcano Hekla
- Háifoss, the second highest waterfall in Iceland
- Granni waterfall
Difficulty Ratings: Easy
Remember to bring: Your camera, warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves and good shoes.
Duration: 5 – 6 hours from Fludir
Duration: 6 – 7 hours from Selfoss
Duration: 7 – 8 hours from Reykjavík