Kvernufoss

Skógar / Southern Ring Road, South Region, Iceland

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 2
Kvernufoss
Kvernufoss is the overlooked neighbor to the popular Skógafoss as far as I'm concerned. We didn't really notice this waterfall until we were looking for the turnoff for Skogafoss and found some attractive-looking waterfall that happened to be in the adjacent gorge to the east. That was when I was determined to find a way to get closer to the falls.

It turned out that my opportunity to see this waterfall came when we finally got settled into the Hotel Edda Skogar (which was a school dorm converted into hotel when school was not in session during the tourist season; actually a very creative and sensible idea). From the hotel, I walked east along the local road past some of the Skógar turf farms (Skógasafn; I think is pronounced "SKOH-ga-sap"), and then passed over a couple of stiles (protecting someone's farm) before finally crossing into gorge containing the falls.

From that point, I followed what looked to be an unofficial trail of use that skirted the west side of the watercourse ultimately taking me closer to the falls. There were a couple of narrow sections requiring scrambles over loose talus slopes to get across, but for the most part, it was pretty straightforward. Once I was at the falls, I truly felt like this was one place where I could be alone with the falls and be lost in thought amidst the tranquility of the scene.

It took be roughly an hour to do this entire excursion.

Directions: See our Skógafoss page for driving directions on getting here. Then, instead of parking for Skógafoss, continue straight towards the Hotel Edda Skogar. I think we could've driven closer to the falls by going all the way to the end of the road to where the turf farms were. However, I was content to just walk from our accommodation.




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Full context of the secluded cove containing Kvernufoss
The intriguing turf farms of Skógasafn on the way to Kvernufoss
One of the turf farms at Skógasafn on the way to KvernufossOne of the turf farms at Skógasafn on the way to the falls

Stile beyond the turf farmsStile beyond the turf farms

On the use trail following the stream into the gorge containing Kvernufoss.  This doesn't look too badOn the use trail following the stream into the gorge containing Kvernufoss. This doesn't look too bad

There was a sign here that I wasn't sure what it meant, but it was near a scrambling obstacle where I had to backtrack and then go aboveThere was a sign here that I wasn't sure what it meant, but it was near a scrambling obstacle where I had to backtrack and then go above

The narrow path going above the scrambling obstacleThe narrow path going above the scrambling obstacle

Some sections of the trail were a bit narrow and over loose talusSome sections of the trail were a bit narrow and over loose talus

Almost at KvernufossAlmost at the falls

In order to get right up to Kvernufoss, there was still some more hiking to doIn order to get right up to the falls, there was still some more hiking to do

That's me finally at the base of KvernufossThat's me finally at the base of the falls


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