Gufufoss

Seyðisfjörður, East Region, Iceland

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Gufufoss against the afternoon sun

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INTRODUCTION

Gufufoss looked to us like the largest and most striking waterfall in the Seyðisfjörður area. The falls plunged with a rectangular shape and power that made it difficult to even get close to its misty base. According to my Icelandic dictionary, the word "gufa" meant "vapor" or "steam" so if this translation was correct, then this would be the "Steam Falls", which was a rather appropriate name as you can see from the photos on this page.

From a small car park by the road (see directions below), I went on a pretty short walk leading me right to the falls in a few minutes. Unfortunately, our timing with the falls wasn't very good as you can see in the photos on this page, because we had a difficult time photographing against the sun that was still high enough to be right in our eyes as we faced the falls. So based on this experience, I reckon morning would be the time to visit and photograph the falls.

Following the trail a short distance downstream from Gufufoss, I went to another pair of waterfalls on the river with one of them having a signpost labeled Neðri Úðafoss ("Lower Spray Falls"?). Actually, the river on which these falls flowed contained many other smaller but powerful waterfalls as its waters rushed alongside the twisty road descending to the town and fjord of Seyðisfjörður.

Finally, there were lots of construction activity when we were there so we had some trouble finding a suitable car park so we could hike closer to the falls. With all the construction chaos, lack of pullout shoulders, and local traffic, it wasn't the most pleasant experience. But we figured this construction either had to do avalanche mitigation or hydroelectricity (we hope the latter wasn't the case since it would jeopardize this waterfall).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Given the nasty lighting conditions, Julie took this photo of me approaching Gufufoss from the parked carGiven the nasty lighting conditions, Julie took this photo of me approaching Gufufoss from the parked car
One of the waterfalls within walking distance downstream of Gufufoss was Neðri ÚðafossOne of the waterfalls within walking distance downstream of Gufufoss was Neðri Úðafoss
Looking down into the pretty town and fjord of Seyðisfjörður from the passLooking down into the pretty town and fjord of Seyðisfjörður from the pass
Further to the west of Gufufoss and Seyðisfjörður was the attractive pairing of Hengifoss (hidden up top) and LitlanesfossFurther to the west of Gufufoss and Seyðisfjörður was the attractive pairing of Hengifoss (hidden up top) and Litlanesfoss
Looking against the light at GufufossLooking against the light at Gufufoss

Giving the camera lens some relief from the bombardment of mist by looking downstream and taking advantage of the nice evening lightGiving the camera lens some relief from the bombardment of mist by looking downstream and taking advantage of the nice evening light

Wall of mist at GufufossWall of mist. Perhaps this communicates why getting any closer to the falls would not be wise for taking photographs!

Distant look at the Upper ÚðafossDistant look at the Upper Úðafoss just downstream from Gufufoss

The sign for Neðri ÚðafossThe sign for Neðri Úðafoss

View of both tiers of Úðafoss togetherView of both tiers of Úðafoss together

Focused on the Lower ÚðafossFocused on the Lower Úðafoss


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We managed to stop the car along Route 93 about 3.2km west of the Seyðisfjörður town center (at the junction of Vesturvegur and Austurvegur). I recalled that we found a tiny pullout along the road despite all the construction activity during our visit. Note that Seyðisfjörður was 27km (30 minutes drive) east of Egilsstaðir.

Coming from the other direction, the place we stopped would be a little over 19km east of Fardagafoss.

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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