My very first hike on Iceland ever, even though a very little one, was to have a look at the waterfall Fardagafoss. The trailhead for this hike is located along the road connecting Seyðisfjörður to the ring road. After getting over the pass just before the last larger curves the parking is on the left, which you can see on the map below. From here we follow the trail up hill along the river Miðhúsaá, whose water feeds the fall. Do not get irritated as there is a smaller waterfall already after just a couple of hundred meters. But this one is also charming. After taking some photos here we continue another roughly 400 meters until we reach our destination, the Fardagafoss. It was quite rainy and the ground a little muddy in places, but still pretty fine to walk.
According to europeanwaterfalls.com the Fardagafoss is 20 m high. But lets start to explore…
Already from the start we follow the river upstream.
The trail is well prepared. At some points tiny bridges cross running water.
Looking down you can see into the valley through which the Ringroad circles the whole island. The road you can see on the right, is the road coming from Seyðisfjörður.
The first waterfall shows up. I was impressed that after the drop the water made an almost full 90 degree change…
… and then to flow around the rock just to continue then in a regular shape.
It was quite humid, fresh and rain was about to arrive just before arriving back to my car later.
But I wanted to see the upper falls so I continued along the river.
A lot of small creeks ‘donate’ their water to the river. I assume in late summer, when most of the snow is gone, these small creeks will almost vanish until the following year when the snow starts to melt again.
So here it suddenly shows up, the upper falls.
The base of the fall was quite filled with snow …
…and the waters found their way underneath it.
After admiring the falls, it was time to follow the river back down the hill to the car park.