Lagarfoss

Egilsstadir, East Region (Austurland), Iceland

About Lagarfoss


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-06-30
Date last visited: 2007-06-30

Waterfall Latitude: 65.50727
Waterfall Longitude: -14.36737

Lagarfoss disappointed us because we came here expecting to see something major considering it was well labeled on our map as well as seemingly well signposted.

However, all we ended up seeing was a waterfall destroyed by a hydroelectric dam.

Lagarfoss_005_06302007 - What's left of Lagarfoss after the river had been held up by a dam
What’s left of Lagarfoss after the river had been held up by a dam

At least there was a huge glacial lake backed up by the dam creating a very pretty shade of powder blue in the color of the water.

But other than that, it was all rocky beyond the dam, which looked like it could’ve been a wild cascading river waterfall.

In hindsight, we probably should’ve done some pre-trip research upon seeing this on our map since the plant had been in service since 1975.

At least that would’ve saved us some time and trouble to come out this way.

Lagarfoss_002_06302007 - Looking upstream from the Lagarfoss dam
Looking upstream from the Lagarfoss dam

But in any case, I’m sure in order to feed energy needs, some compromises with Nature had to be made.

And in this case, I guess this waterfall had to go in order to supply megawatts or maybe even gigawatts (I didn’t know what the power output of this hydro scheme was) to keep the economy going.

Authorities

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

Lagarfoss_003_06302007 - Looking down at some kind of facility next to the waters being held up by the dam at Lagarfoss
Lagarfoss_004_06302007 - Apparently some people working at Lagarfoss
Lagarfoss_007_06302007 - Looking straight downstream from where Lagarfoss should have been
Lagarfoss_012_06302007 - The glacial lake at Lagarfoss
Lagarfoss_002_jx_06302007 - Looking towards the transformers at the Lagarfoss facility
Lagarfoss_006_jx_06302007 - Another look at the still water immediately downstream from the dam at Lagarfoss
Lagarfoss_007_jx_06302007 - Closer look at the dam blocking the flow of Lagarfoss

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If you’re interested in coming here, start from Egilsstaðir and go about 5km north along the Ring Road to the route 925.

Then turn right onto Route 925 and take it for a little over 23km before turning left onto Route 944.

Follow this for a little over a kilometer to the former site of the falls.

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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