Svöðufoss | The Hidden Magical Waterfall in Snæfellsnes Peninsula


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  • GPS: 64.89522, -23.81181
  • 30 minutes hike from the parking lot. 
  • Waterfall is 10 meters at height. 
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier in the background. 

Waterfalls are the most exotic thing about Iceland. They are not only rejuvenating but also serene and peaceful. Some people get nostalgic around waterfalls and others get filled with energy. In Iceland, in addition to enjoying the beauty of waterfalls, you can indulge in flora, birdwatching, hiking, and much more. One of the waterfalls that attract the attention of explorers is Svöðufoss. Located in the utterly beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Svöðufoss waterfall has been there for ages and locals continue to immerse in its beauty. Even though it is both large and pretty, it has been hidden for years. It has only been discovered by tourists and globetrotters lately. Recently, due to the construction of a parking lot, it has become fairly easy to visit here.

Svöðufoss waterfall - Snæfellsnes

A Landscape Brimming With Beauty

It takes just half an hour walk to reach the waterfall from the parking lot. The height of the waterfall is 10 meters which means that it has an easy hike to see it from the top. You can enjoy the fascinating view of the waterfall from the top. It falls off a majestic basalt column cliff which surrounds the waterfall. If you look at it from some distance, the entire area of the waterfall seems in heart shape. This lends a charming effect to Svöðufoss, a favorite of the photographers. Falling in the river Laxá, this waterfall will fill you with calm. You can experience the true beauty of the countryside in its raw form at Svöðufoss. It is recommended to visit here on a sunny day. In the clear light, you can see the sheer magnanimity of the place with Snæfellsjökul glacier in the background of the waterfall. Photographers often gather around the waterfall on bright days to capture the picturesque views. Summers are the best time to visit Svöðufoss as you can stay by the place for a longer duration admiring the stunning views.

Reaching Svöðufoss Waterfall

Svöðufoss Waterfall is situated in the south of the small village called the Rif. If you are coming from the west part or tip of the Snæfellnes Peninsula, driving the road Útnesvegur Nr. 574, you will cross the tiny village Hellissandur and then the Rif. There is a sign and a road on your right that will lead you to the waterfall Svöðufoss just after you pass the Rif. There are not many guided tours that will take you to Svöðufoss waterfall but you can choose to go on a private tour and ask the tour guide to stop here. Svöðufoss is also the perfect location for your self drive around Snæfellsnes. This way you can spend as long time as you want by the waterfall. A two-wheel-drive car is an ideal option to rent with a group of friends.

Svöðufoss hidden waterfall in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Exploring the Areas around Svöðufoss Waterfall

Snæfellsnes Peninsula is an expansive spot to explore. You would find here all sorts of indulgences. From vast floral lands to unique species of birds, Snæfellsnes Peninsula has something for everyone. The outermost point of the peninsula is named Öndverðarnes. It is surrounded by large lava fields on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other. This adds massively to the charm of the place as you can lose yourself in the vastness of the sea under the clear sky. Öndverðarnes is one of the fascinating places located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Covered with lava and craters from eruptions that happened thousands of years ago, this place has a wild charm. Another exciting place near Svöðufoss is Rauðfeldsgjá. Situated south of the glacier Snæfellsjökull, it is a deep, high, and narrow ravine amidst the cliffs. Explorers who want to experience an adrenaline rush can have a good time. When looked at from a distance, it looks like a small crack in the berg, opened enough for people to enter and see. The hike here is not an easy one and if you have breathing problems, it is highly advisable to avoid climbing down to the ravine.

Hotels near Svöðufoss Waterfall

There are ample options to stay near Svöðufoss.  From indoor hotels to guest houses, you will find places equipped with all sorts of facilities. Kleifar- Ocean View Apartment is a great option if you are looking for a home away from home. It has all facilities along with some other added perks. Við Hafið Guesthouse provides rooms on a sharing basis if you are looking to save money and cut some of your costs. With basic amenities, they offer free parking and wifi.

Svöðufoss waterfall - Snæfellsnes

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