#landmannaleið

 

Rauðfoss waterfall, or Red waterfall, is a unique waterfall located a short hike from the mountain road Nyrðri Fjallabak, the Dómadalur track.  Like Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords, it has a form of a veil, falling in a beautiful stream and stretching out on both sides as the fall reaches the ground.  Rauðfoss waterfall got its name from the berg behind the waterfall that is red or orange.  The waterfall is part of the river Rauðufossakvísl that originates in Rauðufossafjöll Mountains.  This is also what makes Rauðfoss unique and different.  The waterfall is about 60 meters high and surely is an impressive sight. 

A refreshing and relatively easy hike

When driving Dómadalsleið or Nyrðri Fjallabak mountain road coming from the west by Búrfell mountain you will notice a sign Rauðufossafjöll.  The turn will lead you to a parking lot only minutes away from the road F225.  From the parking lot, there is an old dirt road that is forbidden and illegal to drive.  Today it serves as a walking path to the waterfall Rauðfoss.  The walk takes about 30 minutes, and although the waterfall is visible from the main road, you will only start to see it on the walking path as you get up the first hill. 

Finding your way to Rauðfoss

When you drive from Reykjavík, you find your way to Dómadalsleið on Nyrðri Fjallabak mountain road.  We recommended that you rent a good 4X4 vehicle if you intend to drive a Mountain Road in Iceland.  On the southern part of the Ring Road, you look out for the road Landvegur Nr. 26 after you pass the bridge on the mighty river Þjórsá.  You need to drive approximately 50 kilometers north on Road Nr. 26, and by the mountain Búrfell, you take a right turn on Dómadalsleið mountain road Nr. F225.  About 25 kilometers drive will get you to the sign Rauðufossafjöll on the south side, the right side coming from Búrfell.  Enjoy and take care as the vegetation in the Icelandic Highland is very sensitive. 

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Below is the location of Rauðfoss waterfall on the map of Iceland

Rauðfoss waterfall

 

Valagjá is a name of a volcanic crater located near the mountain road Landmannaleið in the southern part of the Icelandic highland.  The geological term for the crater is maar, and it is a similar phenomenon as a few other craters like Víti, Grænavatn and the nearby Hnausapollur and Ljótipollur, but without the water.  The meaning of the term maar is actually an explosion crater.  Although Valagjá might not be a major attraction, it is an interesting stop for visitors that are not in a hurry and are interested in geology and landscape as Valagjá is actually more than one crater.

Landscape like you can envision at the planet Mars

Arriving at Valagjá, you get the feeling of a distant place and isolation.  The surrounding seems lifeless, as vegetation is struggling.   It is a landscape of sand, volcanic ash and mountains.  But interestingly there is color in the lava, which gives it a more mystical atmosphere.  A walk along the brim gives you a better overview but remember to have your hiking shoes on.  This is a harsh landscape and a bit difficult place to walk, but a short hike is worthwhile.

Landmannaleið road

When you drive from Reykjavík, and you plan to drive (Dómadalsleið) Landmannaleið it is recommended that you rent a good 4X4 vehicle.  On the southern part of the Ring Road, you look out for the road Landvegur Nr. 26 after you pass the bridge on the mighty river Þjórsá.  You need to drive approximately 50 kilometers north, and by the mountain Búrfell, you take a right turn on Landmannaleið mountain road Nr. F225.  About 15 kilometers drive will get you to a split on the road with a sight pointing to Valagjá, which is only about two kilometers from this intersection.  When you have made your stop it is recommended to go back on F225 and continue on Landmannaleið and along the way you can stop at some fascinating places like Rauðifoss, Ljótipollur and of course Landmannalaugar.

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Below is the location of Valagjá on the map of Iceland

Arriving at Valagjá, you get the feeling of a distant place and isolation.