AEgissufoss

near Hella / near Hvolsvöllur, South Region, Iceland

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Ægissufoss with the active Mt Hekla in the background

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INTRODUCTION

AEgissufoss (Ægissufoss; I think it's pronounced "AY-jih-szuh-foss") was a wide river-type waterfall that I found interesting because I was able to photograph it with Mt Hekla in the background. Mt Hekla was said to be one of the more active volcano (at least it was said to still be heaving as of our July 2007 visit) though it wasn't erupting during our visit. From the car park (see directions below), it was a short walk getting right to the bank of the Ytri-Rangá River for the view you see at the top of this page.

Apparently, we were lucky to even see Mt Hekla on our visit because I understand it's usually clouded over. But the weather did look like it was changing (for better or worse, we couldn't tell at the time) as the winds were quite fierce! If you play the video we've linked onto this page, you can definitely hear how fierce the winds were!

In trying to learn the meaning of the name of this falls, the closest word I could find in my Icelandic dictionary was the word "ægilegur", which was an adjective meaning "awful" or "terrible." Given the many forms that nouns and adjectives can take in the Icelandic language (something known as "declensions" and/or "cases", which is a concept that I found very hard to grasp without using the language consistently), I'm not sure if this was the correct word being applied to the waterfall.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Full context of Ægissufoss with Mt Hekla in the background. I think it's that volcano in the background that really is this waterfall's draw cardFull context of Ægissufoss with Mt Hekla in the background. I think it's that volcano in the background that really is this waterfall's draw card
Ægissufoss is not far to the west of Skogafoss, which is one of Iceland's signature waterfallsÆgissufoss is not far to the west of Skogafoss, which is one of Iceland's signature waterfalls
Further to the west of Ægissufoss was the town of Hvolsvollur, which seemed to be the main town as far as the Saga Trail was concerned when it came to tracing Iceland's sagasFurther to the west of Ægissufoss was the town of Hvolsvollur, which seemed to be the main town as far as the Saga Trail was concerned when it came to tracing Iceland's sagas
Our first look at Ægissufoss with Mt Hekla imposing in the backgroundOur first look at Ægissufoss with Mt Hekla imposing in the background

Closer look at Ægissufoss with Mt Hekla imposing in the backgroundCloser look at the falls with Mt Hekla imposing in the background


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Trying to stay fixated on the falls and Mt Hekla. But as you can see from how shaky the video was, Julie was really fighting the strong winds


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the saga town of Hvolsvöllur (KHVOHLS-vut-lur"), we drove west about 14km on the Ring Road (Route 1). We then took a short detour off the Ring Road along Route 25 (to our left just past the bridge). About 3km on this detour, there was a signed turnoff on our left that led us to the car park for the falls.

Hvolsvöllur was 100km (under 90 minutes drive) southeast of Reykjavík and 50km (45 minutes) southeast of Selfoss.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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