A 4x4 track to the scenic Haifoss waterfall
Located near the Hekla volcano, in the Southern Region of Iceland, Háifoss is a 122 meters high waterfall. Fed by the river Fossá, it’s said to be one of the tallest waterfalls of the country.
Do you need a 4x4 to get to Haifoss?
The road to the waterfall is rough, and a 4 wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is recommended: there are signs that say “No small cars”. The road is totally unpaved, too bumpy with lots of potholes. Big rocks and deep potholes in the middle of the road required drivers to ponder the best path forward to not damage the car. In fact, the road is a lot rougher than it looks in photos.
How long is the road to Haifoss waterfall?
The road to the waterfall is called Road 332. It’s 7.5km (4.66 miles) long starting on the paved Þjórsárdalsvegur road. On the south-side above the waterfalls there is also a parking lot. This road takes you to a car park south of the waterfall, from which you can take a short hike to the viewing spot.
Is Haifoss waterfall worth it?
Tucked away in the beautiful Þjórsárdalur valley, the drive is definitely worth it. Surrounded by the dramatic landscape of the Icelandic Highlands, there are many excellent photo opportunities. Háifoss is one of those waterfalls that you just have to see to believe. The views are absolutely stunning. The cliffs from the viewpoint over the waterfall are very high so use caution when going close to the edges.
Is Haifoss the second tallest waterfall of the country?
Háifoss stands as one of Iceland's most imposing waterfalls, boasting considerable height. During the early 20th century, it was hailed as the tallest waterfall in the country, earning it the fitting moniker of "high waterfall." However, subsequent explorations revealed the presence of several taller cascades in Iceland. The title of the tallest waterfall now belongs to Morsarfoss, situated at Vatnajökull Glacier. Glymur claims the second position, but reaching it requires a hiking adventure. Stigafoss and Hengifoss secure the third and fourth spots respectively. Finally, with a notable height of 122 meters, Háifoss takes its place in the ranking as the fifth tallest waterfall in Iceland.