Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon | Get Ready to Explore one of the Most Spectacular Places in Iceland


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Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and the reasons are infinite. Iceland is thoughtfully named as a place of Fire and Ice owing to its mysterious natural phenomenon that you get to witness on your visit. From steaming geysers, massive lava fields, hot springs, and pools to the snow-capped mountains, glaciers, lagoons, crystal clear ice caves, and what not! This place has something for everyone and when you are planning to visit this place, get ready to hop on an adventurous journey of your lifetime. Iceland is always welcoming to the adventure seekers, seasoned travelers, and the solo travelers from across the world. It is indeed a once in a lifetime experience and you are surely going to leave this place with tons of experience and memories to cherish forever. Now, coming back to exploring the spectacular places in Iceland, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon grabs the top position, if you love to take a stroll around the canyon. This is place is a must-visit. So, let’s get to know more about this place.

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in south Iceland

A Picturesque Canyon in the Southern Part of Iceland

Though there are innumerable canyons in Iceland with magnificent views but nothing as beautiful and mesmerizing as Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. This canyon is a huge canyon offering picturesque views to capture. The most talked about and famous being the unique serpent-like shaped edge that makes it popular amidst the locals and the tourists as well. This magical canyon seems like a fairytale land with stupendous views steep tuff creases and staggering waterfalls elevate the environment and showcases the beauty of nature in the most subtle way. You will see the Fjaðrá River that seems like a snake between the tuff palagonite walls. Geirlandshraun lava field is from where the Fjaðrá river originates and runs into the powerful Skaftá glacial river. This canyon is extremely beautiful but is equally dangerous if not paid attention, there are edges and steep land that can make you stumble over if you are not careful with your steps. 

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in south Iceland

Formation of Fjaðrárgljúfur

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is believed to be 2 million years old and is approximately 2 km long while nearly 100 meters deep.  It was around 9-10,000 years ago that a powerful glacial river abruptly ran through Fjaðrárgljúfur from glacier edges, which resulted in what we see today, the magical and majestic canyon. With the erosion of palagonite, the harder rocks were left behind, which led to the formation of this canyon.

Justin Bieber "I'll show you": The Most Popular Destination to Shoot

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South East of Iceland. This canyon was not a popular tourist destination, until the year when Justin Bieber shot his video here. Yes, Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show you” video starts with the gorgeous shots of the serpent-like shaped edge. Check out the video to see how stunning this place looks. Speculations are there, that with that video a spike in the tourists was seen and till now, this has become one of the best places to visit in Iceland. Justin Bieber also shot a few parts of the video in the South-Iceland, during the year 2015.

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in south Iceland

How to Reach Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon?

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon is exactly in the west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, while if you are traveling from Reykjavík, the distance is approximately 255 kilometers. If Reykjavík is your starting point, start driving along the ring-road 1, South-Iceland. Then, you need to take a left onto the road 206 for Lakagígar, which will take you towards Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. You won’t be able to see the canyon from the ring road itself. After a few minutes on road to Lakagígar, head towards the F-206. It is a gravel road but the drive on the gravel road is short. Follow that path and you will reach Fjaðrárgljúfur.

Map of Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

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