Sigöldugljúfur

Higlands, Iceland
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Sigöldugljúfur, an exquisite canyon hidden within the Icelandic highlands, presents a landscape of remarkable beauty and tranquility. The canyon winds through the landscape with tall cliffs draped in lush, green moss with a series of small waterfalls that gracefully descend into the Tungnaá river below. Accessible predominantly with a 4x4 vehicle, this secluded wonder provides a peaceful scene for both arial photography and from the canyon’s edges. The majesty of Sigöldugljúfur lies in its serene and pristine environment, a setting for an untouched oasis. During the winter months the canyon is truly a magnificent winter wonderland.

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Accessibility

The road leading to the first viewpoint of the canyon is a very bumpy and rough gravel road. We would advise to use 4x4 but it is usually suitable for all kinds of vehicles.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
4x4 required
Challenging terrain accessible only by off-road vehicles with high ground clearance
Good phone coverage
Generally good phone coverage without any major interruptions
Guide recommended
Guidance is suggested, but not required

Services nearby

The nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 115 kilometres away, there you can also find shops and other services. Hrauneyjar The Highland Center lies 17 kilometres away, there you can find accommodation and gasoline.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
More than 50 km away

Permits

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The area is owned by the government, so a government permit is needed.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
The canyon lies in an area that is managed by local energy company.
Ask the property owner for shooting permission

Basecamp and facilities

The old gravel road that lies next to the canyon could be well suited as basecamp. There are at least three small lots as offshoots along the canyon but the best option for basecamp is at the end of the canyon by the Krókslón dam that has a big gravel lot. There are no facilities at this location and phone coverage is good.

Risk factors

The highlands can be a treacherous place. The roads vary from rough to impassable and travelling there in winter requires careful planning and specialized vehicles in some cases. The area is an active geothermal area with a versatile landscape. The canyon’s cliffs are eroded and very unstable.

Visitors

This is a medium tourist attraction during the summer months, with up to 130 thousand visitors driving through the area per year. Most stay for a few days and hike through the area, which has a plentiful of interesting hikes. The road that leads to the canyon is owned by a local energy company and, with the right permit, could be closed off for filming.

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