Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon Iceland: A Complete Guide

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Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is one of the most impressive attractions in Iceland. We spent an afternoon exploring this breathtaking canyon and were impressed by its beauty. 

This article is a handy guide to the picturesque Fjadrargljufur Canyon, including how to get there, the best time to visit, what to pack, where to stay, and how to stay safe.

 

About Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur Gorge is a marvel of nature. The Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge is nearly 2km long, 100 meters deep, located in the southeast of Iceland.

The beauty of Fjaðrárgljúfur has been built up over thousands of years, largely thanks to weathering and glacial erosion. To this day, the foothills of Fjaðrárgljúfur are still continuously carved by the Fjaðrá river, creating impressive shapes. 

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Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon results from thousands of years of erosion caused by melting ice since the Ice Age.

The canyon and riverside are easily accessible by foot. The scenery is constantly changing and expanding, offering an impressive view of the majesty of the mountains.

You can walk along the river, but remember to bring comfortable boots, as the rough surface of the pebbles can hurt your feet.

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After walking up the trail, I walked along the Fjadra river. The water was very clear and refreshing. 

 

Best time to visit Fjadrargljufur Canyon

The ideal time to visit Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is during the summer. The day will be longer, meaning you have more time to experience and explore the scenery here.

In winter, you may not be able to explore all of the hiking trails.

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How to get to Fjadrargljufur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is quite close to the main highway (Route no. 1). It’s west of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

The road from the highways is short and easy to drive during the summer. From the parking area, it’s an easy walk up the hill. 

There are no entrance fees at Fjadrargljufur Canyon. 

 

Best places to stay in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik offers a variety of accommodation options, from hostels, hotels to apartments. We stayed at a few places on our trip to Iceland.

We enjoyed our stay at Alda Hotel Reykjavik. It’s a lovely hotel in the trendy area of downtown Reykjavík. It was convenient to get around the city, and the hotel was near many good restaurants and shopping. Also, our room was clean and designed with a typical Scandinavian-chic style.

We also loved our stay at Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel. Our room was beautiful, clean, and comfortable. The staff was friendly and truly made our stay here wonderful. Also, we enjoyed the happy hour at the bar. It was really nice to grab a drink before heading out.