Stjórnarfoss

South coast, Iceland
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Stjórnarfoss waterfall is one among many alluring waterfalls in Iceland. It is unusual in structure and different from many other gorge waterfalls, making it very graphic and interesting. The serene landscape surrounding it mesmerizes you easily and it makes for a fantastic location, due to easy access and its beauty.

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Accessibility

Route no 1 takes you straight to the mountain. You drive 200 meters up a gravel road to access the parking lot at Stjórnarfoss.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, so you can find lots of hotels, a gas station and convenience store. Skaftafell Service Centre is 38 kilometres away, with a restaurant and park rangers if you need one. The south coast has many guesthouses and lodgings. Nearest hospital is in Höfn, 201 kilometres away.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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You need a two-way permit
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

There is a big parking lot just by the start of the trail that leads to the waterfall. From there, a path lies 300 meters up, straight to the waterfall. This parking lot has been used as a basecamp before. There is a camping ground without facilities close by. Phone coverage is good.

Risk factors

Area around waterfalls is slippery due to water sprays. The hills around the waterfall are palagonite rock, which is rather soft, and rocks falls easily due to erosion.

Visitors

Stjórnarfoss is on Iceland’s most frequented route, the south coast, so many tourists go through here. They tend to stop by the road to take a picture of the mountain and continue with their journey.

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