Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon is one of those places in Iceland that you don’t find in many of the brochures, but that’s one of the reasons it’s all that much more magical when you get there. 

There is a little grassy walking trail along the side of the canyon, with dramatic views to the floor that would make even the most experienced climbers dizzy. The canyon is 100m tall and 2km long, making for a nice little walk once you get there. You can also hike along the floor of the canyon, although be prepared to wade through glacial rivers for that adventure! The mossy floor with trails that seemingly lead into an abyss, and the blue waters with the occasional waterfall make you feel like you are surrounded by fairies and trolls (and ask any Icelander, you just may be!). The best part though is solitude of this place is authentically Icelandic.


Fjaðrárgljúfur, The Most Beautiful Canyon in the World

Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland that’s known for its breathtaking beauty. It’s up to 330 feet deep and about one-and-a-quarter kilometers long, with a river called Fjaðrá flowing through it. Created by a progressive erosion of flowing water from glaciers through rocks, the canyon has been hallowed out for millions of years. The walking path along the eastern edge offers stunning views over both the plains and the glacial brooks below.


Over Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Video by @mattiaerial (at Fjaðrárgljúfur)

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Submitted by Ananya Ray

Iceland is a country of astonishing scenery. One of highlights for me was the impressive colorful geologic formations in the Mývatn area, including the Víti Crater and Námaskarð. The crater had this astonishing turquoise water, and Námaskarð’s fumaroles and boiling mud pots were mesmerizing. 

Iceland also has some of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever met. One of whom even saved my life. 

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