Klukkufoss

near Hellissandur / Snæfellsjökull National Park /
Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Region, Iceland

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Klukkufoss

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INTRODUCTION

Klukkufoss (meaning "Clock Falls" or "Bell Falls") was a waterfall fed by the meltwaters of the Snæfellsjökull Glacier (pronounced "SNAYE-fells-yuk-ul") dominating the west end of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Underlying the falls were basalt-like columns that were twisted and bent more or less along the trajectory of the water. Such a characteristic would typically occur where lava (fire) and ice (the glacier) meet, and with the Snæfellsjökull sitting atop a volcano, this observation made a lot of sense.

We treated this as more of a short detour and stop (up with Eysteinsdalur; "Island Rock Valley"?) while we were explored the rest of the peninsula given the fine day we were having. However, getting to the falls was a bit more nontrivial than what we expected.

First off, we had to drive a rough access road, which was doable by passenger cars, but must be done slowly given how rocky and bumpy it was. After the signposted trailhead to the waterfall, the road became 4wd, which would eventually lead up to one of the arms of the glacier. However, we didn't go past the trailhead for the waterfall so we can't really say more about what was beyond.

Next, I did a brief uphill 15-20 minute hike over some rocky terrain to get a better look at the falls. When I turned around as I was headed back to the car, I saw pretty nice panoramas in the direction of Hellissandur as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

As for touring the rest of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, this waterfall was merely the first major stop beyond Hellissandur as we made a loop starting and ending in Ólafsvík. Along the way, we checked out the black sand beach and moving stones at Djúpalónssandur as well as the giant sea arches at Arnarstapi.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Roughly 18km from Klukkufoss was the black-sand beach at Djúpalónssandur.  The snow you see is the SnæfellsjökullRoughly 18km from Klukkufoss was the black-sand beach at Djúpalónssandur. The snow you see is the Snæfellsjökull
Roughly 30km from Klukkufoss were the sea arches at ArnarstapiRoughly 30km from Klukkufoss were the sea arches at Arnarstapi
Here's another one of several sea arches at ArnarstapiHere's another one of several sea arches at Arnarstapi
The town of Ólafsvík was where we were based when we toured the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and it was quite the memorable spot as I recalled we managed to see the sun still above the horizon at midnightThe town of Ólafsvík was where we were based when we toured the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and it was quite the memorable spot as I recalled we managed to see the sun still above the horizon at midnight
The signposted start of the trail.  I believe that mountain above was Hreggnasi, but we didn't climb itThe signposted start of the trail. I believe that mountain above was Hreggnasi, but we didn't climb it.

Closer look at Klukkufoss and its twisted basalt formationsCloser look at the falls and its twisted basalt formations

Looking downhill alongside the mountain from the falls viewpointLooking downhill alongsside the mountain from the falls viewpoint


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Ólafsvík, we drove about 18km west on Route 574 until we turned left onto a rough dirt access road (about 8.5km west of Hellissandur). This road was signposted Eysteinsdalur. About 2.2km along the access road, that was when we saw the small pullout for the trailhead with a signpost for Klukkufoss. This drive was roughly 20 minutes from Hellissandur.

For some context, Ólafsvík was 64km (about an hour drive) west of the ferry town of Stykkishólmur, 118km (90 minutes drive) northwest of Borgarnes, and 187km (2.5 hours drive) north of Reykjavik.


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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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