Aldeyjarfoss, Lake Myvatn

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The Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is situated in the north of Iceland at the northern part of the Sprengisandur Highland Road which means it is to be found within the Highlands of Iceland.One of the most interesting features of the waterfall is the contrast between the black basalt columns and the white waters of the fall. In this, it is similar to the much smaller Icelandic waterfall Svartifoss in Skaftafell.The river Skjálfandafljót drops here from a height of 20 m. The basalt belongs to a lava field called Frambruni or Suðurárhraun, hraun being the Icelandic designation for lava.
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  • No hyperbole there -- the entire landscape is to yourself as barely anyone goes there. You can climb all the way down if you want or just admire it from afar. Easily the best waterfall in Iceland -- a...  more »
  • It is not too far from Godafoss but is 35 up an unpaved road. When I got there, there was no one and nothing on that desolate windswept rock mesa. The light turquoise colored falls are beautiful but t...  more »
  • I love nature and there are few things in nature I love more than waterfalls I´ve see countless waterfalls large and small but this is one of the most stunning ones It´s a little bit out of the beaten...  more »
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  • For me the most impressive waterfall in Iceland, just because of its sheer water power. The whole landscape looks like Mordor and the rock formations with its basalt columns is just unique! Since its a bit more remote than other waterfalls, its not too crowded even in summer. An absolute must for all travellers!
  • Worth the hike in. 5km hike from gate. Afternoon winter sun in pictures. Next time will have to plan trip around lighting.
  • The Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is situated in the north of Iceland at the northern part of the Sprengisandur Highland Road which means it is to be found within the Highlands of Iceland. One of the most interesting features of the waterfall is the contrast between the black basalt columns and the white waters of the fall. In this, it is similar to the much smaller Icelandic waterfall Svartifoss in Skaftafell. The river Skjálfandafljót drops here from a height of 20 m. The basalt belongs to a lava field called Frambruni or Suðurárhraun, hraunbeing the Icelandic designation for lava.
  • It was nice. If the sky were blue, it would have been even awesome. A bit off the main road, but kinda worth it. The cliff wall has interesting pillar-like structure.
  • Another gorgeous waterfall. Getting here is hard though, don't try it without a car that has good ground clearance. You will have to negotiate some fairly big rocks. There is a basic outhouse at the parking area. The trail is basically unmarked so don't come here if you get lost easily.
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