The tiny village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur offers some natural beauties: two waterfalls, basalt columns and a beautiful valley. They all aren’t the biggest ones of their kinds you’ll find on Iceland, but therefore they’re typically not as overcrowded as their big brothers (and sisters). The best-known is the waterfall Systrafoss which is not really falling but running down on giant rocks. You can hike up and discover the lake behind.

The second waterfall is the Stjórnarfoss close to the camping area. It can be easily reached on foot from the parking area close to the road. In close vicinity you’ll also find the Kirkjugólf (‘church floor’): perfect basalt structures creating a flat floor. It never was used as a church but someone gave the name to it in the past. A magical place is also the Fjaðrárgljúfur valley. You can hike to the top of the mountains to have nice views on the rocks and the river underneath; the land owners just ask you to not enter the valley itself.


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