Seydisfjordur, East Region (Austurland), Iceland

About Gufufoss

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-07-01
Date last visited: 2007-07-01

Waterfall Latitude: 65.23994
Waterfall Longitude: -14.05745

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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.

Seydisfjordur_002_jx_07012007 - Gufufoss

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 photo above.

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.

That was 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.

Seydisfjordur_067_07012007 - Gufufoss

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.

Seydisfjordur_065_07012007 - One of the waterfalls within walking distance downstream of Gufufoss was Neðri Úðafoss
One of the waterfalls within walking distance downstream of Gufufoss was Neðri Úðafoss

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).


Gufufoss resides in the East Region near Egilsstaðir, Iceland. It is administered by the municipality of Seyðisfjarðarkaupstaður. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.

Seydisfjordur_072_07012007 - Looking against the light at Gufufoss
Seydisfjordur_071_07012007 - Giving the camera lens some relief from the bombardment of mist by looking downstream and taking advantage of the nice evening light
Seydisfjordur_074_07012007 - Wall of mist at Gufufoss
Seydisfjordur_051_07012007 - Distant look at the Upper Úðafoss
Seydisfjordur_057_07012007 - The sign for Neðri Úðafoss
Seydisfjordur_060_07012007 - View of both tiers of Úðafoss together
Seydisfjordur_061_07012007 - Focused on the Lower Úðafoss

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.

Seydisfjordur_049_07012007 - Looking downstream towards Seyðisfjörður. Going upstream from here were several waterfalls along the road including Gufufoss as well as Neðri Úðafoss
Looking downstream towards Seyðisfjörður. Going upstream from here were several waterfalls along the road including Gufufoss as well as Neðri Úðafoss

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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Waterfalls between Egilsstaðir and Seyðisfjöður (Iceland) August 27, 2020 4:28 pm by Jose Luis Sanchez Esteban - Driving along the road that connects these cities I found an amount of waterfalls which names I always failed to know. Three of them are powerful enough to have one, and I guess that two may be Gufufoss and Múlafoss but I'm not sure of it. I can't identify your Gufufoss with any of them.… ...Read More

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