The name Silfurfoss is almost unknown, both the waterfall and the name, as it is an unofficial name. Silfurfoss or Silver waterfall is a reference to the mighty Gullfoss or Gold waterfall as many visitors have felt that there is a certain resemblance between the two. Silfurfoss, of course, has few visitors when Gullfoss is one of the largest attractions in Iceland. Nevertheless, this waterfall, the surrounding area, and the relatively short hiking trail is a fantastic choice for those who seek to stay out of the main stream tourism and experience the wonders of nature quietly and peacefully.
Located near the camping site Hólaskjól
Silfurfoss is at the edge of the Icelandic Highland near Hólaskjól. The camping site marks the beginning of one of the most popular Highland roads in Iceland, Nyrðri Fjallabaksleið. It is one of the entrances to the highland. The waterfall is part of the river Syðri Ófæra, a fascinating river that originates much higher in the Highland at Syrði Fjallabak and the Torfajökull glacier area. By Silfurfoss the river runs through a small fissure which is also near the hiking trail. It is a beautiful place to take an evening or morning hike when you plan to drive Nyrðir Fjallabaksleið and a wonderful place to take children although caution is recommended when near the waterfall. There are also other cracks and fissures nearby with unusual basalt column formations.
How to get to Silfurfoss waterfall and Hólaskjól
If you plan to visit Silfurfoss or Hólaskjól, you are probably planning to drive Nyrði Fjallabak. The best way to access the road to Hólaskjól is from the Ring Road some 23 kilometers west of the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Here you take a turn north on Road nr. 208 and drive approximately 16 kilometers until you take a left turn and enter the Mountain Road F208 Fjallabaksleið Nyrðri. On this road, you need to drive about 20 kilometers to reach Hólaskjól camping site and Silfurfoss waterfall. And remember, Hólaskjól is a great place to camp overnight at the camping site has excellent facilities and magnificent landscape and surroundings.