South coast, Iceland
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Kvernufoss waterfall is truly a wonder, located in a narrow canyon with towering boulders and cliffs made of tuff. The cliffs are high and impressive as you travel the path along the canyon and arrive at this beautiful waterfall which cascades 30 meters into its pool. You can walk behind the waterfall and capture the rushing water from a different perspective. The canyon on its own is a location in itself with erosion-made images in the rock face, while the presence of openings and caverns adds an air of mystery to this location. During winter, this waterfall freezes over easily, making this a winter wonderland with icicles and frosty cliffs, a snapshot of frozen time.

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The location lies 5 minutes off route number 1. From the parking lot, there is an 850-metre easy hike along an excellent walking path. You could, with a special permission, drive further up the path, at least 500 meters closer to the waterfall.
Public transportation available
Public transportation available nearby
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

There are a few hotels at Skógar, which is a cluster of houses close to the waterfall. There are restaurants and regional museum on site as well. Nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 100 kilometres away, but basic healthcare is within 50 kilometres. Within 40 kilometres radius, there are convenience stores, a gas station, restaurants and more hotels and other services.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 50 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 1 km
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 50 km


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This area needs a two-way permit, which a production service company can get for you.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

Kvernufoss parking lot is big enough for a large basecamp. The parking lot is outside a large museum with a café and other buildings that might be used. With a special permission, you could drive tech cars closer to the waterfall or a further 550 meters, leaving only 300 meters to hike to the base of the waterfall. While the museum is open, this location has basic facilities. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

Constant mist and spray from the waterfall can cause slippery surfaces. The cliffs around the waterfall and inside the canyon are tuff rock cliffs and can be unstable.


The area is very popular with tourists but can be managed with PAs or park rangers.

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