Gluggafoss

Fljótsdalur / near Hvolsvöllur, South Region, Iceland

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Gluggafoss

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INTRODUCTION

Gluggafoss ("Window Falls"?) was another one of those unexpected waterfalls where we didn't plan on seeing it prior to the trip, but then we chanced upon it while randomly driving about in the Fljotsdalur area between Hvolsvöllur and Seljalandsfoss. What made this seemingly obscure waterfall memorable to us was its inverted trident shape. Apparently we weren't alone in finding something alluring about this waterfall because we were surprised to see a handful of other photographers who were also interested in photographing this falls.

Even though the falls was easily visible from the road 261, there was a short path that took us pretty close to the base of the falls (as shown in the photo at the top of this page). During our visit, we just so happened to start getting some morning sun, which was perfect as this south facing waterfall was starting to contrast well with the green-matted cliffs and the hint of blue skies behind it.

Speaking of cliffs, like with Seljalandsfoss, this waterfall apparently also plunge over an escarpment that was once part of the coastline of Iceland in the last Ice Age.

In addition to Gluggafoss, we also saw a handful of other interesting (albeit obscure) waterfalls along the road through Fljotsdalur east of Hvolsvöllur. We didn't know it at the time, but apparently this was part of the so-called Saga Trail as apparently this area was rich in stories told by the early inhabitants of the country.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Frontal view of the inverted trident-shaped GluggafossFrontal view of the inverted trident-shaped Gluggafoss
We saw this attractive multi-tiered waterfall west of Gluggafoss at the farm of HliðarendiWe saw this attractive multi-tiered waterfall west of Gluggafoss at the farm of Hliðarendi
On the way to Gluggafoss, we got this nice view towards ÞórsmörkOn the way to Gluggafoss from Seljalandsfoss, we got this nice view towards Þórsmörk
Gluggafoss was directly to the east of Hvolsvollur, and with that town being at the heart of the Saga Trail, it made me wonder if Gluggafoss would also figure into one of the Icelandic sagasGluggafoss was directly to the east of Hvolsvollur, and with that town being at the heart of the Saga Trail, it made me wonder if Gluggafoss would also figure into one of the Icelandic sagas
A herd of sheep before Gluggafoss and a neighboring waterfall as seen from the Route 250A herd of sheep before Gluggafoss as well as a neighboring waterfall as seen from Route 250

Looking towards what appears to be glaciers in the distance in the direction of ÞórsmörkLooking towards what appears to be glaciers in the distance in the direction of Þórsmörk

Looking upstream towards Gluggafoss just when the sun started to come out and we had that nice blend of contrast of green on blue on punctuated with the fallsLooking upstream towards the falls just when the sun started to come out and we had that nice blend of contrast of green on blue on punctuated with the falls

That red spec on the lower left of the photo is Julie close to the base of GluggafossThat red spec on the lower left of the photo is Julie close to the base of the falls. She was taking photographs of the falls, and the photo at the top of this page was one of the results of her efforts.

Looking west towards another cascading multi-tiered waterfall from GluggafossLooking west towards another cascading multi-tiered waterfall


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Fixated on the falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the turnoff for Seljalandsfoss, we took the Ring Road west for about 4.5km to its junction with Route 250. Then, we turned right onto Route 250 and followed it to the Route 261 for about 12km (we were able to see Gluggafoss on the approach). Once on the 261, the turnoff and car park was to the left of the three-way junction. Had we gone right on the 261, we would've gone to the glaciated Þórsmörk ("THORS-murk"), which we didn't take the time to see.

Alternately, we could've gone on the road 261 east of the town of Hvolsvöllur for about 17km to the car park for the falls.

Hvolsvöllur was 100km (under 90 minutes drive) east of Reykjavík.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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