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Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Millennial work of melting glacier water combined with authentic Icelandic solitude makes for one of the world's most fascinating natural landscapes


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The first signs of Fjadrargljufur Canyon appeared thousands of years ago when great glaciers just started melting. Over time water have eroded the land into what today's often referred to as the world's most beautiful canyon.

The gorge runs for two kilometres, along the Fjaðrá river, and nearly a hundred meters deep, and is worth exploring both from above following its worn hiking trails, and also from beneath through riverside paths. Mind that lower hiking trek is quite rough and includes blue water and glacier river crossing, so be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

Though Fjadrargljufur is known as a year-round destination, snow and ice make it difficult to get to the area. And if you still get there, be careful on the ledges, as they might get pretty slippery. After all, the most scenic picture can be captured when the grass is green, and the sky is blue, that is from mid-spring to mid-autumn.

The best thing about this place is its majestic solitude, which must be an authentic feature of Icelandic nature overall.

The canyon is located in the south of Iceland near the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and is easy to find as it lies right off the Ring Road.

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