Fardagafoss

Egilsstaðir / near Seyðisfjörður, East Region, Iceland

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1.5
The uppermost tiers of the Fardagafoss waterfalls

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INTRODUCTION

Fardagafoss seemed to be a a pair of attractive waterfalls just upslope from the town of Egilsstaðir. The uppermost tier itself contained a pair of attractive drops back-to-back against cliffs that looked similar to what we saw at Hengifoss. The lower waterfall had a more substantial singular drop. I actually wasn't sure whether this referred to both waterfalls or just one of the them so I'll just stick with this inclusive interpretation unless I learn otherwise.

From the trailhead (see directions below), I followed a pretty obvious trail of use that immediately started climbing (which seemed to be a rather common characteristic of many waterfall hikes in Iceland). About 350m into the hike, that was when I saw the first waterfall, which had an attractive somewhat rectangular drop that I could see from its side. It didn't look like there was a way to get into the gorge and closer to the falls so I had to settle for the fairly distant view from the trail.

About 550m beyond the first waterfall, I eventually made it to the two-tiered upper waterfall. The trail continued beyond the best viewpoints of this waterfall, but it yielded different angled views of the falls. I didn't venture much beyond the top of the lower waterfall, but apparently the trail might have gone all the way to the top of the falls providing a nice view in the direction of Egilsstaðir. Even though I didn't go that far, the views looking back down were scenic nonetheless.

Overall, this hike to get close to each of the waterfalls was well worth the effort, and I spent about 35 minutes away from the car to cover the round-trip distance plus the picture taking. And speaking of pictures, it seemed like the afternoon would be the best time to photograph the upper waterfall since it was facing west. The lower waterfall was angled differently so the late afternoon time would probably not apply to this waterfall.

Finally, I looked up the Icelandic dictionary to try to learn what the meaning of the name of the falls was. Apparently, "far" means "journey", "passage", or "trace". Meanwhile, "daga" is a verb meaning "to dawn" or "to become light." So putting the words together, the falls might be translated as "Dawn of the Journey Falls". I'm not certain if that makes much sense, but perhaps it might refer to the fact that the falls was on the road connecting Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður, suggesting that the falls was part of the passage or one's journey since these towns were more like travel towns where people generally don't stay very long.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the lower waterfall that I was saying made up the lower FardagafossThis was the lower waterfall that I was saying made up the lower Fardagafoss
Looking east towards the town of Egilsstaðir and the colorful Lagarfljót from FardagafossLooking east towards the town of Egilsstaðir and the colorful Lagarfljót from Fardagafoss
Just on the other side of the pass above Fardagafoss is the pretty town and fjord of SeyðisfjörðurJust on the other side of the pass above Fardagafoss is the pretty town and fjord of Seyðisfjörður
Further to the west of Fardagafoss were the beautiful Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls shown here together (Hengifoss is the one partially hidden at the top)Further to the west of Fardagafoss were the beautiful Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls shown here together (Hengifoss is the one partially hidden at the top)
This was the view of the gorge and Fardagafoss, which was way in the distance.  It gave me an idea of how far I had to walkThis was the view of the gorge and the falls, which was way in the distance. It gave me an idea of how far I had to walk

Closeup look at the first waterfallCloseup look at the first waterfall. It didn't take me long before I saw it after I started hiking.

The upper Fardagafoss waterfallThe upper Fardagafoss waterfall

Trying to see if there was more to FardagafossTrying to see if there was more to this waterfall

On the way back down to the trailhead, I took the time to enjoy Fardagafoss one last timeOn the way back down to the trailhead, I took the time to enjoy the lower waterfall one last time


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the main road (i.e. the Ring Road or Route 1) in Egilsstaðir, turn onto Route 92 (Fagradalsbraut) and follow it for about 1km. Then, turn left onto Route 93 (Borgarfjarðavegur) and follow it for another 4km to the signed car park for Fardagafoss. While on Route 93, be sure to keep right at the junction with Route 94 to remain on the Route 93.

Note that Route 93 is the mountain pass road connecting Egilsstaðir and Seyðisfjörður. So this is a main thoroughfare.

For more geographical context, Egilsstaðir was 645km (7.5 hours drive) northeast of Reykjavík and 266km (3.5 hours drive) east of Akureyri.




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ITINERARIES

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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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