Rjúkandi Waterfall in the Valley of Jökuldalur


Basic Information

Iceland is a place that is sure to make you feel the power of nature. The calm and serene environment of Iceland attracts tourists, travel enthusiasts, nature lovers, and environmentalists across the world. It is nearly on every traveler’s bucket list. When you visit Iceland, you will witness spectacular creations of nature – the mesmerizing sights, backdrop of cloud-covered mountains, arched-shaped bay with mysterious rocks, diamond beach, waterfalls, hot springs, and geysers. It is indeed a place of Fire and Ice! The first thing that comes across our mind when we visit Iceland is Waterfalls.  There are numerous waterfalls in Iceland, few of them are easy to reach while others require you to hike or wadding through caves as well. Amidst the many, there is one extremely beautiful waterfall – Rjúkandi Waterfall. Though not many people stop by the site, it is still a place that captivates the onlookers and creates a majestic experience for the visitors.

Rjúkandi waterfall in East Iceland

Know About the Destination: Rjúkandi, East Iceland

Though, much closer to Egilsstaðir, Rjúkandi Waterfall is located in between the towns of Akureyri and Egilsstaðir. It is listed amidst those few waterfalls that are in the north of Iceland and is visible directly from the main ring road (Road nr. 1). Not many people know about this and tend to leave it unexplored. However, we definitely think that this waterfall should be one in your travel itinerary, especially since you will most likely drive past it on your self driving trip around Iceland. Many road side waterfalls are running down the mountains and slopes along the way at lower Jökuldalur valley between Egilsstaðir and Akureyri, in the east. So, Rjúkandi waterfall too seems like the others if not seen or explored properly. It is a beautiful waterfall with its commendable geological uniqueness that you would have never imagined. Rjúkandi Waterfall is fed by the river Jökulsá á Brú. There are two main drops in this waterfall and makes a picturesque view. The total height is 305 feet (93 meters), while 196 feet being the tallest drop (in a leap with 2 channels sliding over the bedrock and then forming a free-fall) and the other one is 109 feet (in a horsetail style drop). The power of this waterfall and the river is a fraction as compared to the other waterfalls, since Jökulsá a Brú river has been harnessed in the massive Kárahnjúkar Dam project (Iceland’s largest power plant).

Rjúkandi waterfall in East Iceland

How to Reach Rjúkandi Waterfall?

Rjúkandi Waterfall is in the eastern region of Iceland and is just less than one hour drive away from Egilsstaðir, on the Ring Road 1. From Egilsstaðir, take Highway 1 west towards Myvatn, which is about 49 kilometers and takes you towards the bridge, which is over Ysta-Rjúkandi – this indicates that you are near Rjúkandi. Just when you are about to reach Skjödólfsstaðir, on the ring road, you will find a parking lot and the waterfall is also visible from the road. There is a path that directly leads you to the base of the falls (300 meters upstream).  The walk up to the waterfalls will only take a few minutes. If you are an adventure freak, then you can surely climb up to view the upper and the lower parts of the waterfall.

Apart from this, do not forget to carry the hiking boots or a pair of reliable shoes that seem perfect for the slippery and rocky bed of the waterfall. Do carry warm clothes and raincoats. So, dress up smartly, carry a set of clothes along as the weather could be unpredictable. Though the power of the waterfall is not that much, ensure that you cover your cameras and smartphones perfectly to avoid any mishap.

Rjúkandi waterfall in East Iceland

Rjúkandi waterfall on a map

Interesting locations in the area

Hotels & Restaurants

More Nearby Locations

Neskaupsstaður village in the Eastfjords of Iceland

Neskaupsstaður Village – The Eastern Village of Iceland

Lake Myvatn in north Iceland

Mývatn Lake – Shallow Volcanic Lake in North Iceland

Seyðisfjörður, rainbow street and blue church in Seyðisfjordur village in east Iceland

Seyðisfjörður: The Icelandic Town Decorated with Hues of a Rainbow

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Popular Articles

Volcanoes in Iceland | All you need to know about the Volcanoes in Iceland

Previous Next There is a reason why Iceland is called the ‘land of fire and ice’. Because on the ground-

Best Museums in Reykjavik

Beauteous locales cover the land of fire and ice. But do you know that Iceland is equally rich with history

Top Secret Locations in Iceland – Exploring the Undisclosed

This article will discuss the various hidden gems of Iceland which are top-secret and every bit worth paying a visit.

South Iceland Secret Locations

Previous Next South Iceland is probably the treasure chest of the land of ice and fire – filled with many

Music Festivals in Iceland

Iceland hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, including music festivals. The country never ceases to amaze those who

Best places to visit on Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Previous Next Ranging from north to the south, east to the west, the land of ice and fire never ceases
Most Popular Tours
0 Reviews

Volcano Tour – Geldingadalur Erupting volcano

0 Reviews

Crystal Ice Cave & Northern Lights | Day Tour from Reykjavik

0 Reviews

Northern Lights Super Jeep

0 Reviews

Golden Circle & Northern Lights

0 Reviews

South Coast & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Most Popular things to do in Iceland

Northern Lights Hunting

Ice Caving




Whale Watching / Puffins

Glacier Hiking

Horse Riding

Hot Spring Bathing

Top Attractions in Iceland










Blue Lagoon

Explore Iceland by Region

Golden Circle

South Iceland


West Iceland

East Iceland

North Iceland




Hidden Gems