Discover Hafragilsfoss Waterfall

Hafragilsfoss waterfall in the colourful surroundings of Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon.

There is absolutely no shortage of waterfalls in Iceland, which makes it difficult to know which are truly worth visiting! If you’re on your way or planning to visit Dettifoss or Selfoss, Hafragilsfoss makes for a stunning few-kilometre detour on your journey. And while it’s so close to the more popular waterfalls, you’ll likely find that you can enjoy the power of Hafragilsfoss entirely by yourself.

About Hafragilsfoss

Regardless of when you visit Hafragilsfoss, you’re sure to be rewarded with beautiful colours across the canyon. The red craters, green vegetation and steep cliffs of the surrounding canyon make the waterfall one of the most picturesque spots in the area. In contrast to Detifoss and Selfoss, you won’t be able to get as close to the thundering waters, but you’ll still be able to get a sense of the sheer amount of water taking the 30-meter plunge. 

Where is Hafragilsfoss?

Hafragilsfoss waterfall is located on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River, along with 2 other waterfalls on the same river. The falls are around 2.5km downstream from the more famous Dettifoss waterfall, however, it’s missed on many tours of this region of Iceland. You’ll find the Hafragilsfoss waterfall at the very bottom of Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon, and the tallest cliffs of the canyon make for a breathtaking backdrop.

Aerial shot of Hafragilsfoss on a sunny day.

How To Get There

The most common way people will enter the area is via the Ring Road, or Road 1, from the direction of Lake Mývatn. Immediately after crossing the bridge over the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which flows into Hafragilsfoss waterfall, take a left turn onto Road 864 Hólsfjallavegur. Some 30 kilometres on, you’ll find the car park for Hafragilsfoss.

From the car park, the walk to the falls is truly breathtaking, including gorgeous views of the Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon as well as nearby Dettifoss and Selfoss.

Hafragilsfoss waterfall with a view upstream of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River.

Nearby Attractions

Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon and Hafragilsfoss are some of the most photogenic areas of the country. Unfortunately for tourists, however, they are both located in North East Iceland, which is about as far away as you can get from Reykjavik. To make the trip worth it, it’s a good idea to tick off a whole host of nearby attractions.

  • Dettifoss: This is the most powerful waterfall, not just in Iceland, but in the whole of Europe too. The strength with which the water tips over Dettifoss draws a huge number of tourists every year. You can even hike from Hafragilsfoss to Dettifoss if you fancy the adventure.

  • Ásbyrgi Canyon: This horseshoe-shaped canyon is an incredibly popular location for hiking and wildlife watching. Discover a wide range of diverse flora and fauna and learn about the mythological creatures also said to find their homes here.

  • Húsavík: The largest nearby city and the whale-watching capital of Iceland, Húsavík is an exciting place to enjoy a stay in Iceland while learning about the history of the country.

If you’re looking to explore these attractions and more of Northeast Iceland, why not choose the fantastic Fosshotel Húsavík and explore the more remote and off-the-beaten-track areas of the country.