I went on a fantastic trip with my mother into a beautiful canyon in Iceland - Stakkholtsgjá canyon.
We were a group of Icelandic people travelling together. We were headed for a day trip to Þórsmörk National Park and stopped on our way there to hike into this beautiful canyon.
Stakkholtsgjá is one of the places in Iceland which are just out of this world. It is ca 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 rock only to end up falling in.
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.
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.
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 fairy tale world, like being inside a castle - this was ever so rewarding, what a view!
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 :)
We had to hike the same way back, but I was so energetic and filled with endorphine, 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 is highly recommended. It takes ca 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. There are also guided tours to Stakkholtsgjá and Þórsmörk valley. And here is a private super-jeep tour all year round for Stakkholtsgjá and Þórsmörk.