Water Trail


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Water Trail


  • The Water Trail begins from the lower doors of the Hotel Húsafell. The trail is marked in blue on the free trail maps available from the hotel reception desk.- Water Trail
  • The path crosses a bridge at the site of a former mill near the hotel.- Water Trail
  • A portion of the path parallels a creek on a gravel road.- Water Trail
  • Blue markings sign the trail route. - Water Trail
  • An example of art along the walking trail.- Water Trail
  • The first part of the trail follows a wide path and is an easy walk for those looking to stretch their legs.- Water Trail
  • The trail skirts the edge of a landing strip before crossing another creek.- Water Trail
  • One of the area's small power generators.- Water Trail
  • Farther out, the trail becomes wooded, eventually turning to a single trail as it approaches the Hvitá River.- Water Trail
  • Signed ruins mark the historical places of interest along the path, such as this shepherd's corral.- Water Trail
  • A small cascade along the hike.- Water Trail
  • The trail becomes a wooded single trail, passing through an area rich with cold freshwater springs.- Water Trail
  • Hundava∂sfoss Waterfall at the far end of the hike.- Water Trail
Overview + Weather
Multiple waterfalls along trail.
Poorly signed in places.
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
480.00 ft (146.30 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
120.00 ft (36.58 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Fall, Summer
Total Distance: 
3.75 mi (6.04 km)
Total elevation gain: 
235.00 ft (71.63 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
480.00 ft (146.30 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Water Trail, signed in blue, is one of several hiking trails that begins at the Hotel Husafell. About 6 kilometers in length, the trail leaves the hotel from its lower entrance and traces a stream before branching off into a looped portion. While the first section of the trail tends to follow wide flat gravel paths, once it branches the trail quickly heads into a wooded area on a single trail.

Blue-striped trailmarkers do a pretty good job of marking the trail, though the Hotel Husafell also offers free trail maps of the area, which would be helpful for some of the intersections. There are no amenities along the hike, though all amenities are available at the Hotel Husafell.

Rolling over the terrain, some of which is volcanic stone, the trail passes several historical features, indicated with signs, as well as an area where quite a few freshwater springs surface and run into the adjacent creek. The highlight of the hike comes at the far end, where it meets up with the Hvitá River and overlooks Hundava∂sfoss Waterfall, a series of roaring drops totalling about 4 meters in height.

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