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Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
115.00 ft (35.05 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.00 km (1.24 mi)
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Kvernufoss, sometimes labeled as Sigurfoss, is a 30-meter (about 98 feet) waterfall at the end of an easy hike in the town of Skógar. With nearby Skógafoss drawing huge crowds, Kvernufoss sits in a much quieter canyon just behind the Skógar Museum. Reached by a 1-kilometer trail on a clear track, the falls lie along the Kverna River (not to be confused with the Kverná River, which flows in North Iceland). The river contributes to the wild atmosphere as the path winds shortly into the canyon and views of the roads outside disappear.

The waterfall towers above picturesque tufts of rock, and a path allows visitors to walk into the concave slope behind the falls. While the hike to the falls continues up a gradual incline, there are a couple spots where hikers must climb up short rocky slopes. However, the hike is generally accessible by most ability levels. The falls are in a wild and undeveloped state, and as such there are no trash cans or amenities anywhere along the hike.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Fewer crowds than other nearby falls. Can walk behind the falls.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

230.00 ft (70.10 m)

Highest point

310.00 ft (94.49 m)

Net Elevation Gain

80.00 ft (24.38 m)

Features

Waterfalls
Family friendly

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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