Rjukandi

Eastern Ring Road / near Egilsstaðir, East Region, Iceland

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
One of the Rjukandi waterfalls.  This one was signposted Yst-i-Rjukandi

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INTRODUCTION

The waterfalls named Rjukandi referred to on this page (as there were many instances of waterfalls with this name in Iceland) pertain to the series of waterfalls we noticed along the Ring Road between the towns of Akureyri and Egilsstaðir (though much closer to Egilsstaðir - see directions below). The falls resided in the East Iceland region.

While the drive between the towns was long and the scenery was quite desolate (basically many rolling mountains and hills with some mats of grass and shrubs on them plus a few farms here and there), the waterfalls we noticed certainly stood out as a result. However, there were so many waterfalls along this route that it was quite easy to skip them and declare them too minor or too dime-a-dozen to stop for. That was until we noticed this waterfall series where we a pair of signs indicating "Fremsti Rjukandi" (meaning "leading Rjukandi") and "Yst-i-Rjukandi" (meaning "outermost in Rjukandi) helped us determine that perhaps we had stumbled upon something we ought to stop for.

Then, very shortly thereafter, we noticed another series of waterfalls, which like the previous waterfalls were each significant and could've very easily had some tourist infrastructure to help people stop at these falls while also to help break up the long drive. So that basically got us to literally stop in our tracks, turn back, and start stopping at what available pullouts that we could find for each of these waterfalls.

These waterfalls were essentially roadside waterfalls, but we did notice some short trails and stiles that appeared to allow us to get closer to the base of some of these falls.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the waterfall that the signpost for Fremsti Rjukandi was pointing toThis was the waterfall that the signpost for Fremsti Rjukandi was pointing to
This was one of the other waterfalls we saw that was east of the signposted labeled Yst-i-RjukandiThis was one of the other waterfalls we saw that was east of the signposted labeled Yst-i-Rjukandi
The route used when we passed by the Rjukandi Waterfall began from MyvatnThe route used when we passed by the Rjukandi Waterfall began from Myvatn
Not long after seeing the Rjukandi Waterfalls, our drive would end at the town of EgilsstadirNot long after seeing the Rjukandi Waterfalls, our drive would end at the town of Egilsstadir
When we were descending beyond the unsealed stretch of the Ring Road, Julie took this photo of a waterfall in the distance, but we weren't sure if this was Rjukandi in the distance or if it was some other waterfallWhen we were descending beyond the unsealed stretch of the Ring Road, Julie took this photo of a waterfall in the distance, but we weren't sure if this was Rjukandi in the distance or if it was some other waterfall

A sign by the Ring Road saying Fremsti RjukandiA sign by the Ring Road saying Fremsti Rjukandi

Closer look at the lower drop of Fremsti RjukandiCloser look at the lower drop of Fremsti Rjukandi

Then, we saw this sign for Yst-i-RjukandiThen, we saw this sign for Yst-i-Rjukandi

Yst-i-Rjukandi looked like it had a stile fronting it so we got a closer look at the fallsYst-i-Rjukandi looked like it had a stile fronting it so we got a closer look at the falls

Closer look at Yst-i-RjukandiCloser look at Yst-i-Rjukandi

Interestingly, there was a weather vane in front of Yst-i-RjukandiInterestingly, there was a weather vane in front of Yst-i-Rjukandi

Beyond Yst-i-Rjukandi, we started noticing more impressively large waterfalls tumbling towards the Ring RoadBeyond Yst-i-Rjukandi, we started noticing more impressively large waterfalls tumbling towards the Ring Road

From our vantage point by the road, it was difficult to capture all the waterfalls in one goFrom our vantage point by the road, it was difficult to capture all the waterfalls in one go


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Assuming you're seeing the waterfalls series at Rjukandi from west to east, then the appropriately-named Fremsti Rjukandi was about 215km east of Akureyri on the Ring Road (Route 1). Since we did this drive from Reykjalið by Mývatn, the distance we had to travel east was 115km. I recalled that the "waterfall row" was just past a stretch of the Ring Road that was unpaved (though that was in 2007; it might be totally sealed now).

If you were coming from Egilsstaðir, then Fremsti Rjukandi was about 50km west on the Ring Road.

Yst-i-Rjukandi was only about 700m to the east of Fremsti Rjukandi. Then, the remaining waterfalls (probably going by different names such as Saudafoss and Staðarfoss, according to my notes) were 4.5km and 9.4km further to the east, respectively. I'm sure there were others that I haven't properly identified or even bothered to capture and present here. We're just showing you what we happened to stop for.

For geographical context, Reykjavík was 645km (7.5 hours drive) southwest of Egilsstaðir and 380km (4.5 hours drive) southwest of Akureyri.




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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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