Kvernufoss
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Megan K
Chicago, IL46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
From Skogafoss, go back to the road of Skogar and turn left. The road will dead end at some hotels. Turn right at the road that is right before the dead end. This will take you to a parking lot.

The beginning of the walk is most flat. Although, you will need to use the small ladder to get over the fence that keep the sheep in. It's not very high, maybe 3 steps up on the ladder and then you go over on the other side. Kids should be able to do it with no problem. However, it is not accessible if you cannot go up and down the ladder.

It's a pleasant walk to the waterfall, maybe 20-30 minutes. Along the way, we saw a group of people picnicking in the grass. So idyllic.

I recommend to bring your waterproof shoes, pants, and jacket on this hike as you can walk around the waterfall and get some great pictures from behind it, but you will get very wet.

While there were people on the hike and at the waterfall, it was much less crowded that Skogafoss.
Written August 8, 2022
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Bryony77
Reading, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This waterfall is right next to the Skogar museum, and close to Skogafoss.

The waterfall path is signposted from the bottom corner of the car park (near the technical museum) and is an undulating gravel path; takes about 15 minutes to walk.

The waterfall itself is beautiful, despite being less spectacular than Skogafoss. A great bonus is it’s easy to walk behind the waterfall and we were fortunate to see rainbows across the falls when we visited; it’s also relatively quiet with very few people, especially compared with the crowds at Skogafoss!

The Skogar museum is also worth a look, especially the open air part where there are several old buildings recreated.
Written August 31, 2022
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haanahh
Prague, Czech Republic269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This waterfall is a must see and is much better than any of the closeby waterfalls. You have to hike around 10 minutes to the waterfall, but it is very easy hike and not steep. You can also access quite easily behind the waterfall and get awesome pictures from there. It is much quieter here than in Skogafoss and other around. The waterfall is hidden in a small valley and you cannot see it from the raod.
Written January 19, 2021
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Anika L
Frankfurt, Germany49 contributions
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Jan 2022
This waterfall is a few minutes of walk away from the parking area and not really visible from the Road 1. There is another waterfall in the area which has signs to it, this one does not have as many. But it is worth it. So you walk for a few minutes into nature and then boom, this beautiful waterfall it there. We were there in the winter and were the only people there. You can walk behind it, but in winter this is icy and quite risky.
Written January 20, 2022
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Jane B
Guildford, UK384 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
One of my favourite waterfalls in Iceland (that we visited in the golden circe and south coast). Oh the geology, just wow, the oranges, blacks, tinkled with snow. Made me tingle inside, I simply was in geological heaven! And being able to go behind the waterfall in march was awesome, such power, such fun!
Written April 10, 2024
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland7,856 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Not far from Skogafoss you will find this smaller, but very pretty Kvernufoss.
From the nearby parking lot a trail will lead you to the waterfall in about 15 minutes. A flat and very easy little walk. But with wonderful views of the fall and the hills. Around sunset the colours were magical. A very very pretty spot and with few visitors only. At least at the time we've visited.

Kvernufoss falls around 30 meters. Not the biggest drop and not carrying that much water. But it's a pretty sight and you can go close and if you want even around the fall. The gorge and Kvernufoss are just a very pretty sights. And if you want peace and quiet, then this is for you. We enjoyed it very much. If you visit Skogafoss, make sure to also make a stop here. It's really just around the corner.
Written November 26, 2023
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nyctraveler
New York City, NY206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
The South Coast is full of waterfalls but this was possibly my favorite. You park at the Skogar Museum. The trail is easy and only about 15 minutes. You walk into a canyon and along the river, to the waterfall that you can walk behind. The scenery is SO gorgeous with green surroundings and hardly anyone around, unlike the other big waterfall attractions. A total gem.
Written June 8, 2021
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SCG
Walworth, WI29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Just had to add my own review to echo everyone else! This is a beautiful, secluded waterfall and almost no one goes there! It is a such a contrast to Skogafoss only a few minutes away. The hike is fairly short and easy (about 10-15 minutes) but it's really beautiful. Park by the industrial looking buildings on the far side of the Skogar museum. Walk behind them, look for some rusty farm equipment near the fence and a ladder going over the fence. Go over the ladder, follow the faint trail around the base of the hill to the left. Follow the river upstream over three small hills, and you're quickly rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. The canyon is lovely and the walk behind the falls much less touristy than Seljalandsfoss. Add this hidden gem to your list!
Written August 10, 2018
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Tom J
London, UK1,662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
To lead with the title "My Favourite Waterfall in Iceland" is a strong statement I will admit - but let me justify that for you. I have previously visited Iceland and never knew this existed, I was a "coach tourist" in the winter, allowing tours to get me around and see the sights...

...this summer was different. We hired a car and headed around the country to do it for ourselves and it was by doing this we discovered the beauty that was Kvernufoss. Located around 600-700 metres to the right of Skogafoss, you have to drive round to the Skogar museum and there is a little parking lot before a gate of which you can pay and park at. Once you have walked through the field of sheep (don't worry they don't bite) you find yourself at the stream and the entrance to the canyon containing Kvernufoss. The canyon is a luscious green grassy canyon with sheep dotted around and a very easy walking path.

The path to the waterfall takes no more than 5 minutes or so before you arrive at a little hill with a view of the waterfall itself. Upon arriving closer you have the options of 2 paths: one of which leads you behind the waterfall (like Seljalandsfoss), clambering around the rocks and the other takes you down to the stream level view of the waterfall.

CAUTION - regardless which of these paths you choose...you will likely get wet from spray!

Walking behind Kvernufoss is simply stunning, you actually seem to sit back into a cave and then have the waterfall falling forward infront of you, a beautiful scene and something that really takes your breath away.

Walking down the path to the water level gives you the full size and stature of the waterfall right there in front of you and WOW is it impressive (you will probably get more wet on this bit)

The water is clear and clean - we refilled our water bottles and it tastes better than Evian (just make sure there are no sheep in it upstream ;) )

One of the best things about Kvernufoss is the personal experience you feel you have there - no tours appear to stop there (they are all littering up Skogafoss not 10 mins away) and therefore you can have this all to yourself if you get there at the right moment.

A truly wonderful experience and my new favourite waterfall.
Written August 14, 2023
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michele_f531
Chicago, IL81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Seeing this waterfall requires a little bit of hiking, and there is no tour bus that goes here. Like Seljalandsfoss, (which has become extremely commercialized since I was last in Iceland in 2012), you can walk behind these falls for some spectacular views.

Park in the far lot for the Skogar Museum, and walk behind the building. That property backs up to a fenced area, so follow the fence past some rusted farm equipment, and you will come to what looks like a swimming pool ladder. Climb up and over and start walking. When you reach the stream, turn left and follow the stream all the way back to the falls. There is a little bit of climbing over rocks, and possibly through mud, but it's completely worth the 15-minute hike.
Written December 4, 2017
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