In eastern Iceland, there are two very impressive waterfalls: Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss. Both are along found along the same river along the same hike. Hengifoss is further upstream, while Litlanesfoss is downstream, and you’ll encounter Litlanesfoss first.
There are a number of other waterfalls right nearby that would be main attractions in some waterfall-desolate place, but here in Iceland, they’re easy to forget. Right near Litlanesfoss is a smaller waterfall. I’m a bad judge of height, but the drop is probably in the 50-75′ range. This one’s a bit surprising because, looking above, it doesn’t really seem like so much water would come from the stream there. The erosion must be slightly deeper than expected.
Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss as a pair are probably some of my Iceland favorites. All of the other extras are great bonuses! (Random side note: look for the Bónus supermarkets in Iceland…they’re hard to miss because of the pink pig.) One note of caution, though. The area around the falls is surprisingly steep. Be extra safe as you’re hiking here. I can imagine one wrong step could be dangerous.
- I started out at Egilsstaðir. Head south along Ring Road 1 for a few kilometers.
- Veer right onto Road 931, and drive for something like 17 km.
- At this point, I got slightly confused. You will reach a junction. Keep going on Road 931 across the bridge spanning the very wide river.
- A short distance after crossing the river, veer left onto Road 933. (It gets confusing, as Road 933 is also on the other side of the river, and they are connected, though it’s a rough, rough road.)
- Go just a kilometer or so to the parking area for Hengifoss. It’s pretty hard to miss, and will be on your right.
- From the parking area, follow the Hengifoss Track.
Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Length of Hike: 2.1 miles round-trip
Where in the World is the Unnamed Waterfall near Litlanesfoss?