Fjadrargljufur Canyon – Iceland’s Epic Canyon

Close to Kirkjubaejarklaustur you find an impressive canyon called Fjadrargljufur Canyon. It is not right next to the ring road so many tourists might just pass this spot. The Icelandic name of this canyon is Fjaðrárgljúfur – a perfect example to demonstrate the beauty of the Icelandic language. Listen here if you want to learn how to pronounce this famous canyon correctly.

Some facts about Fjadrargljufur Canyon

Fjadrargljufur Canyon is a sumptuous, massive canyon about 100 meters deep and about 2 kilometers long. It is located in the South East of Iceland close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur village. Fjadrargljufur Canyon was created by a progressive erosion that took millions of years, erosion coming from waters from glaciers. Gljúfur means canyon in Iceland and Fjaðrá is the name of the river that runs through it.

Where to find Fjadrargljufur Canyon

This breathtaking place is easily accessible. Watch of for the sign and leave the main road,  continue  driving 2km on road number 206. The final stretch of the road to the canyon is gravel but doable for virtually any type of car, you will then be able to park. You have the choice to have a look at this canyon or to follow the walking path and check the waterfall (30min walk) located at the end of the trail.

Another option is to park down the canyon and get a gorgeous deep view from the bridge crossing the river. This is also pretty practical for people using a wheelchair.

You should definitely have a look at this constant color changing and relaxing place. Follow the sound of the river and experience the special icelandic spirit of nature.  Or if this is too spiritual for you, this is a good occasion to be cool and follow the footsteps of Justin Bieber who recorded here his song „I´ll show you“!


It is certainly a very nice stop on your trip to the South Coast or on your Iceland Round Tour, we can also always customize a trip for you.

There are more things to explore in this area

If you have a 4-wheel drive car and are willing to discover a little more in this area and spend the day there we can advice you on how to get to Lakagígar, a volcanic fissure. Lakagígar is part of a volcanic system that erupted during the 18th century causing this fissure.

Agnès Lefranc
Posted in May 2017

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