"Jökulsárgljúfur - glacial canyon in North Iceland." Jökulsárgljùfur by Regina1965

Jökulsárgljùfur Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 122 photos

Dettifoss waterfall.

In Jökulsárgljúfur canyon runs the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which is Iceland´s second longest river. Jökulsárgljúfur canyon is a National Park and here is Dettifoss, Europe´s most powerful waterfall. It is breathtaking to say the least. There are two other waterfalls here that I have visited, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss waterfalls.


Hljóðaklettar "The Echo Rocks" are in N-Iceland just south of Ásbyrgi in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. When coming down the road leading to Hljóðaklettar a whole walley of extraordinary rock formation opens up.

These extraordinary rock formations, many of them standing in the middle of Jökulsá river (Jökulsá á Fjöllum) are the remains of volcanoes which have been eroded for centuries after centuries by the strong currents and floods of Jökulsá, which is the river coming from Dettifoss and Vatnajökull glacier, leaving only these extraordinary volcanic plugs behind.


Ásbyrgi "The shelter of the gods" is one of the most magical places in Iceland, and definitely one of my most favourite places here in Iceland.

It is like out of this world and one cannot but say "wow" when it opens up as you see it from the road. It belongs to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and is 3.5 km in length and 1.1 km across with the walls being up to 100 meters high! According to Norse mythology Óðinn was once riding his 8-legged horse, Sleipnir, and it put one of it's hoofs down and created Ásbyrgi, which is in the shape of a very big horse-shoe. The geological explanation varies to a great extent from what the Vikings believed, but I will stick to this explanation :D

By the way, Ásbyrgi is the capital city of the Hidden people "Huldufólk" of Iceland and psychic people have seen many homes, public buildings and concert halls belonging to Huldufólk "The hidden people" in the cliffs. There are many stories in our folklore about human encounters with the Hidden people, so you never know what might happen when you visit Ásbyrgi!!

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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    What a beautiful area to visit! I love the scenery and those waterfalls are some of the best in the world!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      May 7, 2016 at 2:49 PM

      Yes, this canyon is awesome - I have got several tips to add from when I visited it last year. Thank you for visiting, Dee :)

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    Such spectacular scenery and really thorough and inspiring tips :-)

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    This is harsh but beautiful nature! Thanks!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Apr 5, 2015 at 4:10 AM

      It for sure is rugged nature - thanks for visiting my page :)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Those waterfalls look stunning! Every time I read one of your Iceland-pages it makes me want to go there very soon. Well, some day I will.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    Yess, stunning waterfall!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thegreynomad's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Iceland is very different to how I thought it would look.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Regina, fabulous page with breathtaking photos of this region. Interesting to read that the Dettifoss waterfall is Europe´s larges waterfall regarding water volume.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Oct 21, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Thanks, Holger, this is an amazing area, so ruggedly beautiful.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Your photo's are like postcards! What a magical place with such beauty! Excellent page Regina!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Sep 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Thank you, Dee - it is a magical place :) Cannot wait to visit it again next summer :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Wow! What a page! Love that waterfall, something about the power of water seems to mesmerize me, I just love standing watching and hearing it roar!
    What a wonderful campground, and I love all the funny shapes of rocks and mountains. It really is a beautiful area and your photo's are superb!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Regina, I will have to return as the ratings service isn't working now.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Aug 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      I miss not seeing the comments on the front page of vt. If I saw somebody who commented on an excellent page, then I would check it out too!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Aug 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Yes, you are right, I was thinking exactly the same at this very moment.


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