The surprise of my trip: the hidden canyon of Sigöldugljúfur Iceland. You know how crazy I am with travel planning and how I research every location before going. Well, this canyon that I am sharing with you in this post never showed up on my research, it was not on my itinerary and we found it by pure luck. But is is the most amazing Icelandic hidden treasure: a colorful canyon full of waterfalls!
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A beautiful hidden Icelandic treasure
Before you read further on tips to get there and all, let's start with a picture that will show you how beautiful this hidden treasure is:
PLANNING TIPS - Sigöldugljúfur Iceland
Where is Sigoldugljufur
When I came back, I did some further research and found that the name of the canyon is Sigöldugljúfur. It is not part of all the guides I have seen. It is off the path of a 4WD road, so not many people end up there. It is truly off the beaten track!
The canyon used to be filled by the river Tungnaá. The water from the lake is now forced into conducts to the power plant. But the canyon is still there for our pleasure.
Considering the isolation of the place, I am using google map to show you the position of the canyon compare to the road.
- In the Central Highlands, off road F208 (northern part)
- 4WD access - You need a 4WD with high clearance for F208 - Compare 4WD rental options in Iceland
- + walking - wear hiking shoes
- GPS coordinates and info are available in my eBook: The Road Trip Guide Iceland
Visiting Sigoldugljufur Iceland
- Well just walk along the ridge carefully and admire
- Apparently there are bigger waterfalls at both ends of the canyon but we did not venture further.
- No amenities
How we discovered this Hidden Canyon
Driving South on F208, we passed the top of a hill and discovered this view. You can see in the background lake Sigöldulón also known as Krókslón. We decided to stop there for lunch and to take some pictures
We started venturing across the lava field & discovered this cliff:
Everyone followed on towards the cliff...
First section of the Sigoldugljufur canyon Iceland
From the platform, we discovered the end of the canyon and its branch upstream
The main branch of Sigoldugljufur Iceland - Canyon waterfalls
Then we walked further along the canyon and discovered slowly the amazing waterfalls flowing all along the canyon. We stayed there for a long time, soaking it the raw beauty of Iceland away from all the tourists.
We started discovering more
and ended up with that view:
How beautiful is it? Splendid, don't you think? It was one of my favorite views in Iceland. I just sat there in awe.
Below is a zoom of those many waterfalls along the steep walls of the canyon:
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Sometimes it is worth going off plan, don’t you think?