Although Rjúkandi is one of only a few waterfalls you can see from the Ring Road in Iceland (Road nr. 1), many visitors do not stop by Rjúkandi or tend to stop by that waterfall. One reason is the fact that along the way at Lower Jökuldalur valley in the Eastern Region between Egilsstaðir and Akureyri there are many “road side” waterfalls running down the slopes. Rjúkandi just seems like one of many if you don’t take the time to walk the short path to view this beautiful attraction. The waterfall Rjúkandi is a lovely waterfall and most defiantly a place to stop by.
Take the short path to the Rjúkandi Waterfall
Rjúkandi is part of a stunning landscape at Jökuldalur valley in the Eastern Region; some attractions that are yet to be discovered. Attractions like Stuðlafoss and Stuðlagil are places you should also consider. Through the valley lies the magnificent river Jökulsá á Brú that used to be a large glacial river running through the many small gorges hidden in the old Jökusá á Brú long canyon. Ysta Rjúkandi river is a spring fed river, one of many that today feed the beautiful river in the canyon after the glacial river was moved to Fljótsdalur valley in a massive dam project at Kárahnúkar.
On the Ring Road in Iceland just before you hit Skjödólfsstaðir
The waterfall Rjúkandi in the Eastern Region in only less than hour away from Egilsstaðir on the Ring Road nr. 1 in Iceland. You can stop by the parking lot, and the walk up to the waterfall takes a few minutes. The parking lot is located by the road just before you reach the farm, restaurant, and accommodation at Skjöldólfsstaðir. You also get a great view at the viewing panel in front of the waterfall, to the Jökuldalur valley. If you want to get a view of the upper and lower waterfall you can climb a bit up the slopes.
Below is the location of Rjúkandi waterfall on the map of Iceland