Hengifoss, Hallormsstadur

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Hengifoss is the third highest waterfall in Iceland, 128 meters. It is located in Hengifossá in Fljótsdalshreppur, East Iceland. It is surrounded by basaltic strata with thin, red layers of clay between the basaltic layers. Fossilized trunks of coniferous trees, sensitive to cold, and lignite, which depict warmer climates during the latter part of Tertiary. Further down the Hengifossá river is Litlanesfoss, notable for the columnar jointed volcanics around it. Hengifoss is the most popular hiking site in East Iceland with path leading from the parking lot to the falls. It takes 40-60 minutes to walk to the waterfall.
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  • From the parking lot a steep climb of an hour upwards. Advantage: you see the waterfall already are so you know what you're talking to does. We were not to have been under the waterfall at all but very close. Nice to see the different layers of soil in the rocks. The way down was in 30 minutes to do, which we called reasonable doorstapte. When we arrived at 9 am, there were only 2 cars. When we left at half past 11 there were already more than 10.
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  • We were in Seydisfjordur last July 23 and walking excursion to the waterfall and Litlanesfoss as hengifoss. beautiful day. Spectacular and a bit of drudgery, because it starts immediately uphill, then the path becomes more difficult because of the soil but more flat.
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  • Unique beautiful. But tough walk. We were 4, one 5 years old, another 12 years old and their parents 49 and 55 years old. I do not know who had the most fun of this - we were all tired, but very very ...  more »
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  • Nice and easy hike. Untill litlanesfoss halfway up it's pretty steep but an easy path. After that it's more level. At the end the path gets rocky and muddy. Overall way worth the 2 hours
  • Nice waterfall. The best thing about this one? You cannot get directly to it... Or you shouldn't I'd say :) Path to it is a great challenge, as you have to cross the river at least 3 times over some slippery rocks, find flthe best spot to stay dry etc... Real challenge and fun! :)
  • Rather easy hike up to falls. Nothing most people can't accomplish. Should take 1.5 hours return. Will be a busy enough trail in tourist season. Parking lot is medium sized, but will be full depending on timing. Great views of falls available.
  • Wonderful waterfall. Very steep hike going to the waterfall but otherwise once you get halfway to the viewing point...you can make it the rest! FYI--You do not get to walk right up to the waterfall due to the river/rocks.
  • The hike to this waterfall takes around 1h if you take it slow, and it is somewhat steep at times but definitely manageable. What I liked about the path is that it crosses the river coming down from the waterfall many times. You can get a first glimpse of the waterfall circa halfway through your hike. This is because the water is falling from very high up. There are possibilities here and there to take a little detour, just do not go too far off the beaten path.

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