The surprise of my Icelandic trip: the hidden canyon of Sigöldugljúfur. You know how crazy I am with travel planning and how I research every location before going even if I am on an organized tour. Well, this canyon that I am sharing with you in this post never showed up on my research, it was not on the itinerary of our photography tour and we found it by pure luck. But is is the most amazing Icelandic hidden treasure!
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Sigöldugljúfur
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.
TIPS FOR TRAVEL PLANNING ADDICTS - Sigöldugljúfur
Considering the isolation of the place, I used google map to show you the position:
- 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
- GPS coordinates and info are available in my eBook: The Road Trip Guide Iceland
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How we discovered this hidden treasure
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 Sigöldugljúfur canyon
From the platform, we discovered the end of the canyon and its branch upstream
The main branch of the Sigöldugljúfur canyon
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:
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