Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
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The spectacular moss-covered canyon was carved out of palagonite rock by a glacial river over thousands of years, and is located in south Iceland just off the Ring Road between Vik and Skatafell. It's a popular spot amongst pop culture fans, having been featured in several TV shows and music videos, including the cult favorite 'Game of Thrones'—partly why the canyon has been intermittently closed to tourists over the years. Outdoor adventurers can hike in the canyon, though it is not recommended if water levels are high or during winter. The best views are from an observatory platform by Mogafoss Waterfall at the head of the canyon. – Tripadvisor
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  • orrdin
    New York884 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely but we’ve seen nicer
    This is a heavily trafficked canyon with an expensive park I g and while we enjoyed the hike we felt that the Skogafoss hike was significantly prettier so if you’ve seen that you can possibly skip this stop. The hike is about 45 mins each way and is all uphill till the turn. There is another parking lot that gets you closer to the falls but then you miss the whole canyon.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • DanielYoon727
    Boston, Massachusetts64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Abilities Hike
    We saw toddlers all the way to elderly on this hike. It does get steep but the path is safe the whole way. This is a nice short hike with a great view. Multiple viewing points to take photos. Downside for us was that the 2 out of the 3 bathrooms were out of order (7/14) so the line was so long.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Ron S
    New York City, New York5,700 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
    There are two paths to the viewing platform. One is a from-the-bottom-up trail which requires climbing a path about 1 km long to the altitude of some 150 meters. The other one is significantly shorter and practically flat. They both have the same end point but if you go the long route you will have a few memorable views of the canyon along the way.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • R K
    60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great astonishing view
    The site is free, the parking is not. Make sure you have internet, for you pay by app. The walk is not far, but it is quite steep with a lot of steps. We did not go further than the first viewing point, but if you are fit, there is another further uphill.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,686 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Wonderful Canyon - No Access to Water Level Walking
    We visited at the beginning of August and it was a relatively low level of water - sadly there was no way to walk the canyon at water level of which I was hoping to for that "surrounded" water level photography feeling. The walk uphill can feel steep at times but is completely worth it once you get to the viewing points. Sadly they have had to close off some of the previous viewing points as the foot traffic at the canyon has increased significantly since some canadian popstar (JB) decided to film a music video there as people were damaging the moss :( That being said, there is plenty of viewing available and get there early enough and it feels like you have the canyon to yourself. The parking costs 1000 ISK for 24hours which is fine, unfortunately all of the toilets are out of use due to "drought" - that made me laugh... Be cautious if you fly a drone in the canyon - those walls are high and its easy to lose signal...
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • EmeraldDiva
    3,663 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exercise and views!
    It's about a 3km round trip from the lower car park to the top and back, or you could park at the top if mobility challenged. However, going from the bottom is a great chance to stretch the legs and get the heart pumping. There are lovely views all the way up, The track goes along the upper level so you look down on the rock formations and steep walls of the canyon. it's not a difficult climb and the view from the platform at the top is spectacular. This is well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Scott L
    Brantford, Canada10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go hike this canyon!
    Arguably the highlight of our 6 day trip to Iceland. Park at the bottom and do the 30 min moderate/easy hike to the end of the trail at the waterfall. The look outs and views off the trail are breath taking. BE PREPARED. We wore rain pants and rain coats to block the wind and drizzle. We saw many day trippers (some in shorts and $1 rain ponchos) who were not enjoying themselves! As with many of these stops, you pay to park by scanning an app in the lot then paying online. We had a lot of difficulty with this.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • SGS1260
    Columbus, Ohio218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and a nice walk along the canyon
    We found this stop incredible. There was debate in our group on if it would be worth it. I would definitely say yes. We parked at the lower entrance, which was an exciting drive in. The one really bad thing is that the bathroom facilities were still not working in October when we went and this was going to be a longer hike so it was a problem. Otherwise, you pay for parking and start up the hill. The walk is not bad at all and has many lookouts along the way to rest. The best views are at the very top. If you are short on time or have trouble walking, just park at the lot at the top then walk to the canyon. It is still a little hike, but mostly flat and easy. Plan to spend an hour or two.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 19, 2024
  • Katarzyna K
    Grantham, United Kingdom158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mindblowing
    Mindblowing, breathtaking amazing and beautiful. This is a must see attraction when driving around the south coast in Iceland. I'd definitely recommend having crampons to climb to the very top in the winter season. When we visited early March - many people did now have any and had to walk on the grass or slide on the path which could be very dangerous.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2024
  • anotheraeolist
    New York City, New York233 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    GORGE-geous canyon views
    Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon was the final stop of a day that was filled with many of the South Coast's famous attractions including Reynisfjara and Vík. By the time we arrived around 5pm, the small parking lot was pretty full but there was a good number of cars coming and leaving. Parking (1000 ISK) is paid through the Parka app but the internet coverage is a little spotty so it will take some time. The trail is fairly steep, but laid down with rubber mats to prevent erosion and slipping. There are two main viewpoints on the trail, with the second one ending with views of Mögáfoss. All along the hike, you get sweeping views of the canyon, with moss-covered rocks and grassy slopes dotted with wildflowers. At the time of my visit, the river was looking pretty dry so the views, while spectacular, were not as scenic as I imagined. You do gain a good amount of elevation while hiking so I would recommend bringing a light layer as it can be quite windy at the top.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 4, 2024
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA1,475 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Walking during the summer in Iceland is a walk that you simply can’t experience anywhere else. Walks in Iceland are not your typical walks yet they are absolutely unique and extremely beautiful. During our visit last summer we encountered gorgeous waterfalls, glaciers, a fantastic Diamond Beach, an amazing black sand beach, and even a previous volcanic eruption site. However, one place that is extremely beautiful is Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon located in South-Iceland. The name is difficult to pronounce, however, the beauty will not disappoint. A part of this canyon was featured in a Justin Bieber’s video I’ll Show You which caused too many tourists a few years ago. The Icelandic government closed this place in 2019 to allow Mother Nature an opportunity to recover. It has now reopened but just remember walking on the inside of the canyon is strictly prohibited. However, the beauty of the canyon can still be admired along the designated hiking path.
Written April 1, 2024
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anotheraeolist
New York City, NY233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon was the final stop of a day that was filled with many of the South Coast's famous attractions including Reynisfjara and Vík. By the time we arrived around 5pm, the small parking lot was pretty full but there was a good number of cars coming and leaving. Parking (1000 ISK) is paid through the Parka app but the internet coverage is a little spotty so it will take some time.

The trail is fairly steep, but laid down with rubber mats to prevent erosion and slipping. There are two main viewpoints on the trail, with the second one ending with views of Mögáfoss. All along the hike, you get sweeping views of the canyon, with moss-covered rocks and grassy slopes dotted with wildflowers. At the time of my visit, the river was looking pretty dry so the views, while spectacular, were not as scenic as I imagined. You do gain a good amount of elevation while hiking so I would recommend bringing a light layer as it can be quite windy at the top.
Written March 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Katarzyna K
Grantham, UK158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Mindblowing, breathtaking amazing and beautiful. This is a must see attraction when driving around the south coast in Iceland. I'd definitely recommend having crampons to climb to the very top in the winter season. When we visited early March - many people did now have any and had to walk on the grass or slide on the path which could be very dangerous.
Written March 4, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SGS1260
Columbus, OH218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We found this stop incredible. There was debate in our group on if it would be worth it. I would definitely say yes. We parked at the lower entrance, which was an exciting drive in. The one really bad thing is that the bathroom facilities were still not working in October when we went and this was going to be a longer hike so it was a problem. Otherwise, you pay for parking and start up the hill. The walk is not bad at all and has many lookouts along the way to rest. The best views are at the very top. If you are short on time or have trouble walking, just park at the lot at the top then walk to the canyon. It is still a little hike, but mostly flat and easy. Plan to spend an hour or two.
Written January 19, 2024
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Be U
Bangkok, Thailand243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Better to see with your eyes. Wonderful views each corners, easy walking along pathway. Should not missed.
Written November 2, 2023
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afiqadam
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It was pouring when we got here.So we did a quick walk up to the 1st viewpoint and took some pix.Intended to hike around the area but the rain was unforgiving.
Written October 5, 2023
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Scott L
Brantford, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Arguably the highlight of our 6 day trip to Iceland. Park at the bottom and do the 30 min moderate/easy hike to the end of the trail at the waterfall. The look outs and views off the trail are breath taking. BE PREPARED. We wore rain pants and rain coats to block the wind and drizzle. We saw many day trippers (some in shorts and $1 rain ponchos) who were not enjoying themselves! As with many of these stops, you pay to park by scanning an app in the lot then paying online. We had a lot of difficulty with this.
Written September 30, 2023
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EmeraldDiva
Victoria, Australia3,663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
It's about a 3km round trip from the lower car park to the top and back, or you could park at the top if mobility challenged. However, going from the bottom is a great chance to stretch the legs and get the heart pumping. There are lovely views all the way up, The track goes along the upper level so you look down on the rock formations and steep walls of the canyon. it's not a difficult climb and the view from the platform at the top is spectacular. This is well worth a visit.
Written September 20, 2023
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK1,740 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Firstly, the canyon is beautiful & is easily worth five stars. It’s popular hence all the erosion to the trail paths. The road to it isn’t as bad as some make out, I found it straightforward in a 2wd car, in Summer admittedly. Easy viewpoint is a short stroll to the bridge over the river near the car park or you can hike up to the top viewpoint like I did. Anyhow, the reason this gets one star is the lack of facilities. All four WC’s out of order with a sign saying nearest WC was several km away. Really not good enough when you are still expected to cough up 1000 isk for parking.
Written September 10, 2023
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Tom J
London, UK1,686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We visited at the beginning of August and it was a relatively low level of water - sadly there was no way to walk the canyon at water level of which I was hoping to for that "surrounded" water level photography feeling.

The walk uphill can feel steep at times but is completely worth it once you get to the viewing points. Sadly they have had to close off some of the previous viewing points as the foot traffic at the canyon has increased significantly since some canadian popstar (JB) decided to film a music video there as people were damaging the moss :(

That being said, there is plenty of viewing available and get there early enough and it feels like you have the canyon to yourself. The parking costs 1000 ISK for 24hours which is fine, unfortunately all of the toilets are out of use due to "drought" - that made me laugh...

Be cautious if you fly a drone in the canyon - those walls are high and its easy to lose signal...
Written August 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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