A Beautiful Hike in Stakkholtsgjá Canyon in South-Iceland

I recently went on a fantastic tour with my mother, where I explored a beautiful canyon in Iceland - Stakkholtsgjá canyon. We were a group of Icelandic people travelling together and were headed to Þórsmörk National Park on a day trip. One of the stops on the way was to hike into this beautiful canyon.

I must confess that I had never heard of Stakkholtsgjá canyon before.

A Beautiful Hike in Stakkholtsgjá Canyon in South-Iceland

Stakkholtsgjá is one of the places in Iceland which are just out of this world. It is around 2 km long and up to 100 m deep. 

There are some small rivers to be crossed and many of us got wet feet and some people fell in and got drenched, but it was so worth it. Only 2 people had to be left behind, one of them was my mother, as she did not want to jump over rivers on slippery rocks only to end up falling in.

A Beautiful Hike in Stakkholtsgjá Canyon in South-Iceland

Our goal was to hike to the end of the canyon to see the waterfall there. But just the hike to the waterfall is so beautiful, that it would be worth doing this hike even if there were no waterfall at the end of the canyon.

But the waterfall is the icing on the cake :)

We were lucky enough to get some sunshine during our hike, which made the surroundings even more mystical.

A Beautiful Hike in Stakkholtsgjá Canyon in South-Iceland

As we got closer to the waterfall the canyon got narrower and narrower.  It was just out of this world for me being there as I love canyons and waterfalls.

Now as we got to the end of the canyon it started getting really narrow and slippery and I could hear the waterfall.

I was so excited about seeing it that I was one of few people of the group who jumped on the rocks of the river again and climbed up on the big slippery rocks.

A Beautiful Hike in Stakkholtsgjá Canyon in South-Iceland

I started getting a glimpse of the waterfall, which cascades down the steep canyon. It was difficult to get one's footing there - and take photos at the same time. Then my camera lens started getting wet from the drizzle of the waterfall.

I was getting drenched from the drizzle as well...

After I had crawled up on more slippery rocks I looked up - wow, it was like being in a fairytale world, like being inside a castle - this was ever so rewarding, what a view!

A Beautiful Hike in Stakkholtsgjá Canyon in South-Iceland

I asked one of my fellow travellers to take a photo of me by the waterfall. Only a very small part of the waterfall can be seen on the photo, as he didn't turn the camera upside down, but as you can see on my photo, then I was drenched, in an adrenaline rush and very happy :)

A Beautiful Hike in Stakkholtsgjá Canyon in South-Iceland

We had to hike the same way back, but I was so energetic and filled with endorphins, that I easily jumped over the rivers and ran back to my mother, who had had to wait for the group to return. 

This hike takes 1.5-2 hours to hike back and forth. The hike starts from road F249, which is a 4x4 road and there are some small rivers to cross. Here is a map of Stakkholtsgjá canyon and the surrounding areas if you fancy taking this hike. I am very often asked questions about this hike, but cannot give you any more information than I have already written in my travel-blog as I have only visited it once on this guided tour.

There are also guided tours to Stakkholtsgjá and Þórsmörk valley. And a private super-jeep tour all year round for Stakkholtsgjá and Þórsmörk.

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