Stuðlafoss (Basalt Column Waterfall) is a beautiful waterfall in the East Region in Iceland that few have visited. If you are traveling the Ring Road in Iceland or planning your list of things to do, Stuðlafoss is a place you should visit. It is one of the hidden gems in the Icelandic landscape and has been more like a secret place for local outdoor enthusiasts. Although it is possible to see Stuðlafoss from road 923, on the other side of the river Jökla near the farm Grund, it is a waterfall you need to see up close if you want to enjoy this magnificent natural structure, especially true for photographers. It is a similar waterfall as the famous waterfall Svartifoss in Skaftafell park, falling from a basalt column cliff.
Surrounded by rocks and covered with vegetation
One of the exciting features of this waterfall is the formation of the basalt columns and how the lower columns of the waterfall are shorter and stack in front of each other like seats covered with almost neon green vegetation. Interestingly this is the complete opposite to Svaritfoss where the shorter columns are above and form a small overlay. Both the vegetation and the rocks surrounding the basalt column enhance the waterfall.
How to get to Stuðlafoss
After turning south on Ring Road nr. 1 by Skjöldólfsstaðir to road nr. 923, you drive to the farm Klaustursel about 14 kilometers. Here you find a bridge on the river Jökla by the farm Klaustursel that is on the other side. By the bridge, there is a parking lot on the west side, and driving over the narrow bridge is not allowed. After walking over the bridge to the east riverbank, you take a hike on the track about two kilometers to the Stuðlafosss.