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About Fljótsdalur and the Hengifoss area
Fljótsdalur - The home of Hengifoss waterfall - Fljótsdalur is a valley in Austurland, named after Lagarfljót lake, which flows through it. The valley is deep and wide and is renowned for its awe-inspiring landscapes and captivating natural wonders. Its standout attraction is Hengifoss, one of Iceland´s tallest waterfalls, cascading from a height of 128 meters into a dramatic gorge layered with vibrant red clay and basalt. Visitors to Hengifoss are treated to a scenic hike, passing through a landscape rich in geological history, with rock formations that tell the story of ancient volcanic activity. But Fljótsdalur is more than just Hengifoss; this stunning valley offers a veriety of attractions and activities, from tranquil hiking trails to cultural sites. It features many natural gems, including majestic waterfalls, lush forests, and Lagarfljót lake, which, according to local legend, is home to a mysterious sea monster called Lagarfljótsormur (the Lagarfljót worm). Vatnajökull National Park, one of the largest national parks in Europe, offers much to explore. Be sure to visit the cultural and educational center Skriðuklaustur, the visitor center Snæfellsstofa, and the Wilderness Center for a more comprehensive experience.


Hengifoss Waterfall
Skriðuklaustur, Centre of culture & history
Vatnajökull National Park

Things to do

360° Virtual Tour of Fljótsdalur and Hengifoss area
Take a virtual tour around the municipality of Fljótsdalur and Hengifoss area with a 360° view, read up on certain destinations, and explore the range of activities and services offered in the area.

Historic and Cultural sites

Skriðuklaustur, Centre of culture & history
Wilderness center
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, Skriðuklaustur
Lagarfljót Wyrm monster
Arboretum in Hallormsstaðar Forest
Hrafnkels saga trail

Local Produce

Hengifoss Food Truck
The food truck is located accross the bridge from the paking lot to the waterfall. You can walk over in 2 minutes or end your hike to Hengifoss with a visit on your way back to the parking lot. We off…
Móðir jörð
The Móðir Jörð products originate from the organic farm of Vallanes, in East Iceland.  Móðir Jörð is recognised for organic Icelandic products made from ingredients which have been grown under natural…
Klausturkaffi Café
Klausturkaffi is located in the cultural centre at Skriðuklaustur in Fljotsdalur valley, 39 km from Egilsstaðir. The restaurant offers lunch and cake buffet every day when it is open along with the sm…
Skriðuklaustur, Centre of culture & history
Skriðuklaustur is the former home of the famous author Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). Since 2000 it has been open as a centre of culture & history with various activities and exhibitions. It houses a …
Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, Skriðuklaustur
Snæfellsstofa is the information center for the eastern territory of Vatnajökull National Park. It is situated at Skriðuklaustur in an environmentally friendly building. The house itself is the first …

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Könglar Víðivellir fremri 701 Egilsstaðir 847-1829

Food and Accommodation

Restaurants and Cafés

Practical informations

It is important to keep a few things in mind when travelling in Iceland. It is necessary to keep up with the weather forecast, even during summer, and road conditions. You must get familiar with the Icelandic Króna (currency) and pack appropriately for the season you are visiting, you can expect all kinds of weather all year round. And there is no need to buy water because the tap water is great!

How to get here
There are several different ways one can take to reach the destination of Austurland. Whether it's by plane, car or even on foot we are sure it will be a journey to remember! 
Icelandic króna and creditcard use
Icelandic Water
Icelandic Weather
Road Conditions in Iceland
What to Pack for the Seasons
The weather in Iceland is unpredictable all year around so you must always be prepared for swift changes (sometimes often within a day). Remember to monitor the weather forecast and road conditions closely. Do you need ideas for packing? The trick is layering! Here’s a list of items you should bring regardless of the time of year you’re travelling.