The waterfall Faxi in the river Tungufljót in South region in Iceland is only twelve kilometers from the famous Geysir hot spring area and twenty kilometers from the famous waterfall Gullfoss. The origin of Tungufljót river is in the lake Sandvatn or Sandlake quite visible if you visit Jarlhettur and Hagavatn nearby. Faxi has been described as a small version of Gullfoss but of course not as powerful. The waterfall is 80 meters wide and seven meters high. It is a beautiful waterfall placed in a wonderful and peaceful landscape. It is also possible to walk quite near the waterfall on the lower level and feel the drizzle from the water. A photo option to capture the waterfall from the upper level is also a good idea. Although never lacking water the waterfall has also been named Vatnsleysufoss meaning the waterfall with no water or the waterfall with shortage of water.
Faxi waterfall is part of the Golden Circle Drive
Many visitors in Iceland prefer to drive the golden circle road trip. It is a simple all year round day trip from Reykjavík with many interesting stops and impressive historical spots and natural wonders. The interesting thing about adding Faxi waterfall to that trip is the possibility to be in proximity to the flowing stream of water. The waterfall is also wide and high enough to be quite impressive. For people that have rarely seen a waterfall, it is a joy both sight and sound.
Access to Faxi waterfall Faxafoss is easy all year round
If you are driving from Reykjavík the capital you take the road Vesturlandsvegur Road Nr. 1 through the town Mosfellsbær. On the edge of Mosfellsbær you take the Road Nr. 361 Þingvallavegur. When you are passed the lake Þingvallavatn you take a turn west on Road Nr. 365 Lyngdalsheiðavegur. When you come to the small village Laugarvatn you continue on Road Nr. 37 Laugarvatnsvegur until you turn on Road Nr. 35 that will take you to the Faxi waterfall.
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