Valagil Waterfall
Valagil Waterfall
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Carli M
Canada229 contributions
Friends
Great hike. The bugs were nearly non-existent and the trail was starting to get muddy/marshy. Lots of streams but they were still able to get through with dry feet except for the one who had a rock turn under her feet and got wet then. Really glad I was in the hikers and not the running shoes. We did the first bit to the first falls (2 km out and 2 back) and then continued on to the second. We made it slightly past where the bridge was out and we lost the trail markers, but we were having to start scrambling at that point and my 75 yr old mother decided to call it quits at that point. According to the person who went a bit further she also lost the trail at a certain point and didn't see any markers. Maybe we just missed them. In total we did a little under 7 km and it was 2 hrs 20 mins with lots of stops for photos and 75 yr old pauses.
Written September 22, 2022
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Paul and Kim A
Toronto, Canada231 contributions
Couples
We were just driving along. We saw the “hiking” tourist symbol and decided to stop. That brought us to one of our favourite hikes in Iceland. It was long enough to make you feel you had done something but not so long you were exhausted. It led to a waterfall that you didn’t see coming. There was a metal box with a guest book to sign. There was the chance to be stupid and go off trail; and there was the chance to realize it and back out. Well worth the stop if you have waterproof hiking boots and an adventurous spirit!
Written October 21, 2019
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Simeon A
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Family
The Westfjords are full of waterfalls. I can't truthfully say this one is better than all the others, but it is nice and one that can be conveniently visited. There is a small parking area and picnic bench just off the main road at the end of the fjord, just a few minutes from Sudavik. There is a path leading off from here labeled "Valagil, 2 Km." You will see two waterfalls at the far end of the fjord, and I believe these can be hiked to as well, but Valagil waterfalls will not be visible from the beginning -- it is a ravine off to the right from the other two waterfalls. There is a path that leads to the waterfall, but it can be a bit hard to follow in places. There are sticks with blue painted on them along part of the way. A lot of the ground is marshy, so try to follow the path, as that will avoid the worst of it. But come with shoes that can get a bit wet, because they certainly will get a bit wet. It's a beautiful hike, and the waterfall at the end is quite nice, with some option for climbing up for the very adventurous. We hiked there with our three kids (ages 5, 7, and 9). The 5-year old needed a bit of help, and the 7 & 9 year olds needed some guidance to be careful in certain steep spots, but it was well within their physical ability. It took us about two hours to hike in and back, in a fairly leisurely fashion.
Written July 11, 2017
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Stef4115
Annandale, VA1,312 contributions
Couples
I knew of the hike to Valagil, but had no idea when we pulled in the parking area, that we would be facing a valley with at least a dozen waterfalls.. some VERY large. At the end of the valley is an absolute huge waterfall, way up with mountain side, and no real way to get to it. There are a number of other smaller falls, equally difficult to get to. Valagil is not even visible until you’re just about on it, but is well worth the short hike in.

There is a dirt sort of car trail to follow, however, it appears and disappears at certain points. It goes through some pretty muddy and marshy areas, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get your boots muddy and wet, as well as the bottom of your pants. The walk, however, is pretty easy.

You can see the crevice in the side of the mountain from the car park, so you know where the falls will be. When you get to it, there is a bridge across the river, so you can get the best view. The falls rages into the gorge and is quite spectacular.

Wear good hiking boots, and rain pants if it’s raining. The hike is easy and well worth the stop.
Written September 19, 2018
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Louise2900
Baltimore, MD89 contributions
Solo
Ditto to the other reviews regarding following the stick marked path, staying out of the marshes, and wearing hiking boots. I followed a path through the marshes going (which took longer to pick my way through the rivulets and wet areas) and took the blue stick path back which was so much easier. You can hear the roar of the waterfall as you approach, but can't see it totally till the last minute, after crossing the bridge, which is desperately in need of repair. I saw wood planks lying nearby, so hopefully it will happen soon. And hopefully when the repairs are done, the path immediately on either side of the bridge will be improved to be a little less death defying. All that said, the long tall waterfall is quite amazing, and only a short 2 kilometers from the main road.
Written August 17, 2017
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David R
Zurich, Switzerland24 contributions
Family
Waterfalls are aplenty in the Westfjords, and whilst this one may not be the most impressive it must be high on the the top 10 list and is well worth the walk.

The 2km walk is not well marked, it is very easy to get confused at the beginning. You should cross 2 small wooden bridges early on, the second is easy to miss. If you end up with wet feet you have gone the wrong way (like we did).

On the return trip the path is much easier to follow.
Written August 6, 2017
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Shatiel
Belfast, UK745 contributions
Couples
This is a short 4km roundtrip on a marked trail (very unusual for Westfjords were you'll have trouble finding any proper trail). The valley is beatiful and waterfall nice and the walk itself pleasant.
Written May 29, 2019
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NekoCat
Franklin, MA588 contributions
Couples
From the parking lot follow the “marked” trail (occasional stick or cairn). The path is fairly easy to follow and in parts was a bit muddy. We lost the trail once and wandered into the tall grass, but just back-tracked. There was a waterfall in the distance that we thought was our destination, but as we continued and the trail curved, we saw the main falls which were closer than expected. This is an easy flat hike with stunning views all around and rewarded at the end with canyon-like falls and raging waters. We saw one fly fisherman and some sheep, otherwise had the place to ourselves. This may not be as dramatic as other falls, but will get you away from the crowds.
Written September 4, 2017
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