Hengifoss has to be one of the most incredible waterfalls in the whole country of Iceland, although it does have some tough competition from Dynjandi and Haifoss. This waterfall looks like something from Mars. The big lines of red clay sandwiched between the rock layers give it such a bizarre, unbelievable look. It’s also the 2nd tallest waterfall in Iceland, at 420 feet.
I almost skipped this hike because it was a cloudy day and I wasn’t sure if the falls were worthwhile, but I’m so glad I pressed on! It takes about 1 hour to hike to Hengifoss and the views are just out of this world. It’s not a very difficult hike, but there’s a significant elevation gain of about 980 feet. You cross a few streams, but there are bridges at each of them so it’s not too bad.
The photo above was taken with a drone, but you can easily take some great photos of this waterfall from the ground too. It’s also possible to hike up to the top of the cliff and take photos from there, although I didn’t see where a foot path starts for this, and I was content to just go up with the drone instead.
BONUS: Litlanesfoss Waterfall
This is a 2-step waterfall you’ll hike past on your way to Hengifoss, around the 1/2 mile (1 km) mark in the hike. Like Svartifoss, this is another waterfall surrounded by cool looking basalt rock columns.
Litlanesfoss may not be the biggest waterfall in Iceland at 100 feet tall, but it wins in uniqueness, and it’s a freebie if you’re already hiking to Hengifoss. Two incredible waterfalls in one short hike!
How To Get To Hengifoss Waterfall
Hengifoss is about 430 miles (700 km) from Reykjavik, way off in eastern Iceland. From Egilsstadir, drive along the Ring Road (Route 1) towards Fellabaer. You don’t need 4 wheel drive to visit Hengifoss; any 2 wheel drive vehicle can reach the parking lot, where it’s a 1 hour hike to the waterfall.
No parking or entrance fee is required to hike to the waterfall.