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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  • 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,698 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
    3,670 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • SGS1260
    Columbus, Ohio219 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled with family
    Written March 4, 2024
  • sabrinak136
    New Orleans, Louisiana1,481 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not an ordinary walk in the park…..
    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.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Kristie E
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful canyon; near vacant later in the evening
    Thanks to the almost-constant light in the summer, we were able to visit this canyon later in the evening (approx 8pm) and had the place almost to ourselves. The hike to the falls at the end (not really a hike, more like a walk since the path is very well maintained) is slightly inclined TO the falls, so a nice downhill(ish) walk back to the car when done. Views were stunning. Weather was a little dreary, so photos probably aren't spectacular, but still enjoyed our time here.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 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
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Georgina
London, UK231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Not far off the main route. The road to the main car park was a little steep in places but the 4WD I had coped easily. The paths to the bottom of the canyon were closed but the path uphill and along the top was open. Beautiful views from the lookout points and well worth the stop.
Written February 22, 2020
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Azgators
Phoenix, AZ246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The pics don't even do this justice. We arrived in the pouring rain and I still thought it was gorge-ous, sorry, couldn't resist. It is an easy uphill hike to begin with but once on top you get rewarded. Be careful because there is nothing keeping you away from the edges, you are free to fall off any cliff you want. Walk to the end and be rewarded with a couple waterfalls. The parking lot is not far off the ring road. They were building new bathrooms but they weren't ready yet when we were there. There was also a nice park ranger there to answer any questions we had.
Written July 4, 2021
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA1,481 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
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.

orrdin
New York918 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
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.
Written July 6, 2023
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Scott L
Brantford, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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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JulietGR
England, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
You can imagine dragons flying through this spectacular canyon. The steep sides and waterfalls are beautiful. The walk is well marked and, since featured in Justin Bieber's music video, it has become very popular.
There is parking, though this could become very crowded in the summer, and rather basic toilet facilities.
Written October 24, 2022
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Tom J
London, UK1,698 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.

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.

Owen Thesaints
Kent727 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
On a wet day in the middle of June we made our way to Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon for a hike. As we drove down the unpaved road we found car parking at the side rather than the car park further on. There were construction vehicles around and it soon became clear that the road was being upgraded. We walked for about 15 minutes, mostly downhill to arrive at the usual parking area. After making use of the toilets, we walked along the rim of the canyon. The path was roped off on both sides to prevent visitors encroaching on the delicate vegetation. There were three viewpoints which were short side routes from the main path, the first two of which gave good sight lines up and down the canyon, and the third over the waterfall from a metal viewing platform. It was an easy walk, mostly on rubber matting, with some cinder and a few steps along the way. Unfortunately the weather continued to be very dismal for most of the time we were there. We were so glad that we were totally weatherproofed with our choice of outerwear and footwear. We returned by the same route as we went in, stopping to have our coffee and tea at the picnic tables beside the toilets. We walked down to the bridge to have a look down the canyon from the lower level. The path beside the river was closed off due to the depth and flow of the river which walkers have to cross when they are able to walk the lower trail. It took us about 20 minutes to return to the car up the unpaved road. It was disappointing how fast some of the cars were going along the part of the road which was accessible, as gravel was being thrown up with considerable force from their wheels.
Written June 15, 2022
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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