Flogufoss

Breiddalsvik / Eastfjords, East Region (Austurland), Iceland

About Flogufoss


Hiking Distance: 2.4km round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2021-08-09
Date last visited: 2021-08-09

Waterfall Latitude: 64.81832
Waterfall Longitude: -14.37864

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Flogufoss (Flögufoss) seemed to me like an obscure and eccentric hidden waterfall due to a natural bridge spanning it while backed by the curiously crown-shaped Smátindar Peaks.

Although the waterfall is situated in the fairly well-traveled Breiðdalur Valley in the East of Iceland, we actually missed this falls on our first visit in 2007.

Flogufoss_089_08092021 - Flogufoss (Flögufoss)
Flogufoss (Flögufoss)

I thought of this route as well-traveled (though it seemed very quiet both times we did it in 2007 and 2021), because the GPS routing tended to favor it over the slightly longer coastal Route 1 (Ring Road) in the Eastfjords between Egilsstaðir and Breiðdalsvík.

Nevertheless, by us missing this waterfall on that first visit, it kind of goes to show you how well-hidden this waterfall was.

In fact, it was only after finding this waterfall in August 2021 did we realize that there was a hill essentially blocking its view while driving the Skriðdalsvegur and Breiðdalsvegur Roads through the valley.

Anyways, of the four waterfalls that we’ve stopped for while doing the long drive through the mostly-quiet Eastfjords, I found this one to be the most unusual thanks to the aforementioned features it had going for it.

Accessing Flögufoss

Flogufoss_004_08092021 - Mom walking the very rocky 4wd path to get closer to the somewhat hidden Flögufoss from the Flaga turnoff
Mom walking the very rocky 4wd path to get closer to the somewhat hidden Flögufoss from the Flaga turnoff

It wasn’t exactly straightforward for us to find Flögufoss because there wasn’t a designated trailhead or car park for it as of our visit in August 2021 (though there was a sign at the turnoff leaving the main road through the valley).

Heck, even the trail itself didn’t seem to have any real maintenance other than it was used by other people and we pretty much followed wherever the resulting trails went.

Anyways, the key for us was to find the signed turnoff for the 4wd road leading to “Flaga” (see directions below).

From there, instead of risking damage to our rental vehicle and its tires (even though it had high clearance and 4wd), we opted to park in a space by the sign before walking the rest of the way.

Flogufoss_023_08092021 - Mom walking along the wash containing the Flöguá Stream as we started to see more of Flögufoss the further we went
Mom walking along the wash containing the Flöguá Stream as we started to see more of Flögufoss the further we went

Thus, we walked the rough 4wd path directly south for nearly 500m to a rocky clearing near the wash containing the Flöguá Stream.

Beyond this clearing, we then continued following a narrower trail-of-use as it skirted alongside the bouldery wash of Flöguá for about the next 300m.

Then, we crossed the bouldery wash as well as the stream, which wasn’t difficult since most of the water from the low flowing stream did not submerge any of the rocks we could hop across.

Once we emerged on the other side of the wash, we continued following the trail-of-use up the increasingly steepening hill as we started to get a good at both Flögufoss and the Smátindar behind it.

Flogufoss_028_08092021 - Mom crossing the bouldery wash as we approached the steep hill near the base of Flögufoss on the other side
Mom crossing the bouldery wash as we approached the steep hill near the base of Flögufoss on the other side

While the views towards the waterfall and its peaks were already attractive, we still had to get closer to it in order to better appreciate the natural bridge.

It wasn’t until I reached the end of one of the use-trails that got me to the banks of the wash was I able to look up through the natural bridge (though not close enough to look through it with the sky behind it).

Even though my Mom and I contended with fog and looking against the afternoon sun during our August 2021 visit, we did manage to take some satisfactory pictures as you can see on this page.

After having our fill of Flögufoss, we then returned the way we came.

Flogufoss_073_08092021 - This was about as close to Flögufoss as I could safely get to as I tried to look through the arch with the sky behind it, but that involved a very steep scramble back into the stream
This was about as close to Flögufoss as I could safely get to as I tried to look through the arch with the sky behind it, but that involved a very steep scramble back into the stream

Overall, we spent about an hour away from the car (perhaps nearly half of it was spent waiting for the fog to clear up a bit) covering a round-trip distance of about 2.4km.

Authorities

Flogufoss (Flögufoss) resides in the East Region near Breiðdalsvík, Iceland. It is administered by the municipality of Fjarðabyggð. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.

Flogufoss_005_08092021 - Looking back at the parked car, where we tried not to block any of the roads around there. I got the sense that this wasn't a common option, but we just didn't want to chance it given how rough the access road to Flögufoss was
Flogufoss_015_08092021 - Another look back at the parked car as we werent further along the trail to Flögufoss
Flogufoss_018_08092021 - As Mom went past the clearing at the end of the access road, the trail then narrowed as it skirted along the wash
Flogufoss_026_08092021 - Mom continuing to follow the use-trail along the wash as Flögufoss continued to reveal more of itself
Flogufoss_029_08092021 - Looking ahead at Flögufoss as we were crossing the bouldery wash
Flogufoss_032_08092021 - Mom starting to ascend a hill getting us even closer to Flögufoss
Flogufoss_036_08092021 - Mom climbing up this fairly steep ridge to improve the view of Flögufoss
Flogufoss_039_08092021 - Context of Mom still ascending the steep ridge with Flögufoss still teasing us with its presence
Flogufoss_041_08092021 - Direct look against the afternoon sun at Flögufoss, its natural bridge, and the Smátindar Peaks
Flogufoss_043_08092021 - Portrait view of Flögufoss, its natural bridge, and the Smátindar Peaks
Flogufoss_045_08092021 - Examining the natural bridge in Flögufoss more closely
Flogufoss_049_08092021 - Portrait view from as close as I was probably going to get to Flögufoss on our August 2021 visit
Flogufoss_058_08092021 - Contextual look back at the use-trail leading to Flögufoss
Flogufoss_064_08092021 - Fully-zoomed in look at the span of the natural bridge near the top of Flögufoss
Flogufoss_068_08092021 - Context of Mom checking out Flögufoss
Flogufoss_080_08092021 - We were contending with fog which conspired to obscure the Smátindar Peaks, but it also helped to block the afternoon sun somewhat since we were looking against it
Flogufoss_096_08092021 - Looking back at the natural bridge, the Smátindar Peaks, and Flögufoss as we started to walk back
Flogufoss_108_08092021 - Noticing some wild berries growing alongside the use-trails to Flögufoss
Flogufoss_111_08092021 - Broad contextual view back towards Flögufoss and the use-trail that brought us closer to it
Flogufoss_127_08092021 - Mom on the 4wd access road back towards our parked car in the distance after having had our fill of Flögufoss
Flogufoss_130_08092021 - Finally making it back to our parked car just as fog started to take over the Breiðdalur Valley


The nearest town of any significant size to Flogufoss (Flögufoss) is the small coastal town of Breiðdalsvík so I’ll describe the driving directions from there.

Starting from Breiðdalsvík, we’d drive about 1km back onto the Ring Road before turning left to go west.

Drive_to_Flogufoss_008_iPhone_08092021 - Sign on the Route 95 pointing the way to Flögufoss as we were heading north away from Breiðdalsvík
Sign on the Route 95 pointing the way to Flögufoss as we were heading north away from Breiðdalsvík

Just a little over 200m on the Ring Road, we’d then turn right to go onto the Route 95 (Skriðdals- og Breiðdalsvegur) and follow this road through the valley for nearly 20km.

Then, there was a signed turnoff for “Flögufoss” on the left for the 966 Road, which we then took.

Finally, after about 1.2km, we then reached a turnoff signposted for “Flaga”, but because all of the roads at this turnoff were too rough for my liking, we opted to park the car at a space off the road (so we don’t block it).

From there, we walked the rest of the way as described in the write-up above.

Flogufoss_001_08092021 - The sign at the turnoff for Flaga, which was where we stopped the car and started walking to Flögufoss
The sign at the turnoff for Flaga, which was where we stopped the car and started walking to Flögufoss

Overall, this drive would take a little under 30 minutes.

Conversely, if we were coming in the opposite direction from Egilsstaðir, then we’d drive 61km on the Route 95 into Breiðdalur, where we’d then turn right onto the 660 Road.

From there, we’d drive 1.2km to the Flaga turnoff and walk the rest of the way as described above.

Overall, that drive would take about an hour, but it might be closed due to snow outside the Summer months because it involves driving through the pass at Breiðdalsheiði.

Drive_to_Flogufoss_010_iPhone_08092021 - Context of the Road 660 as we approached the Flaga turnoff just after leaving the Route 95
Context of the Road 660 as we approached the Flaga turnoff just after leaving the Route 95

Just to give you a little bit of perspective on distances, Djúpivogur is about 104km (about 90 minutes drive) east of Höfn, 85km (about 90 minutes drive) south of Egilsstaðir, 297km (about 4 hours drive) east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 331km (about 4.5 hours drive) southeast of Akureyri, and 552km (over 7 hours drive) east of Reykjavík.

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Comprehensive sweep of Flogufoss starting with a more distant view revealing a lot of the pinnacles behind the falls and then going up the hill for a more frontal look at both the falls and its natural bridge along with the pinnacles


Sweep starting from the end of the trail before backing up to a more contextual view

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