Gufufoss, Iceland

Reykjavík is the city that many people will check out when visiting Iceland, and many of the attractions are in the general vicinity of Reykjavík. If you have a chance to head out, you’ll find a plethora of other amazingness! On the opposite side of the country/island, you’ll find Egilsstaðir. Since most of the population is in Reykjavík, there aren’t many people in Egilsstaðir, though you’ll find all of the necessary amenities.

Gufufoss in June 2012

Fardagafoss is on the outskirts of Egilsstaðir. If you continue along Road 93 toward Seyðisfjörður, you’ll start climbing an overpass. I remember the rental car I was driving making alert noises that the temperature was dropping. It wasn’t wildly warm to begin with in June. As you start heading downhill, it does start to get warmer. Gufufoss “appears” shortly after starting downhill, so I recall it was chilly and windy when stopping to view Gufufoss. You may be able to get the sense of how windy since the water was being blown by the wind.

There is a pull-off to view the falls on the right side of the road (if you’re headed toward Seyðisfjörður). Gufufoss is difficult to view as you’re heading downhill, and you may suddenly notice it in your rearview mirror. One option is to pull off if you recognize the parking area. The other option is to go into Seyðisfjörður. You have to head back up Road 93 unless you’re never leaving Seyðisfjörður, so heading uphill, you’ll see the falls and then you can pull over.

Directions:

  1. From the Ring Road 1, take Road 92 and drive through Egilsstaðir. (If you’re driving south, it would be a left turn.)
  2. After a short distance, turn left onto Road 93.
  3. Drive on Road 93 for a short distance, and then veer (turn) right to continue along Road 93. (Don’t continue forward on Road 94.)
  4. Continue along Road 93 over the mountain pass and head toward Seyðisfjörður. Look for the waterfall on the south side of the road.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 39′
Length of Hike: roadside

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