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Sigödugljúfur canyon is one of Iceland’s best off-the-beaten path locations. This beautiful canyon, with its wall of waterfalls, is often overlooked or unknown to many visitors to Iceland.

The first time I saw images of Sigödugljúfur online, I thought they were fake. How could this beautiful canyon with its wall of waterfalls be real?

Well, I can assure you, it is real. And what makes it even more special is its location. To get here, you will drive through kilometers of barren, rocky terrain and feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. You’ll park your car in a gravelly parking lot and then walk one more kilometer on a gray, dusty road.

And then you approach the edge of the canyon. Stretched out in front of you is an oasis in central Iceland. Along the right wall of the canyon it is lush and green, where the waterfalls spill out from the canyon walls. It’s an amazing sight to see.

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To get here, you will need a 4×4, since it is located on an F-road, but it’s worth the journey. And if you are already planning a visit to Landmannalaugar, this is very easy to add into your itinerary.

Here’s how to do it.


Where is Sigödugljúfur?

Sigödugljúfur is located near the Golden Circle and Landmannalaugar. Here is its location in Iceland.

Sigödugljúfur Location

Sigödugljúfur is the name of the canyon. The waterfalls are named the Lekafossar waterfalls.

Here are driving distances and times for nearby locations:

Landmannalaugar: 24 km, 45 minutes
Reykjavik: 170 km, 2.5 hours
Selfoss: 115 km, 1.75 hours
Fludir: 93 km, 1.5 hours

How to Get to Sigödugljúfur

Since it is located on a F-road, you must have a 4×4 to get here.

If you do not have a 4×4, it is possible to visit Sigödugljúfur on a tour (we do not have any specific tours to recommend). I am not aware of any way that you can get here by public transportation.

F208 is one of the main roads to take to Landmannalaugar. Sigödugljúfur is located on this road, not far past the point where the gravel section of F208 begins.

As you take F208 south, you will pass a power plant. This is the point where it changes from paved road to a gravel road. And this stretch of F208 is very rocky and rough. As you get closer to Landmannalaugar (past Sigödugljúfur), the road actually improves, at least in our experience in 2019.

F208 near Sigoldugljufur

F208 near Sigödugljúfur


Map to Sigoldugljufur


Once you pass the power station, drive approximately 3 km. At the bottom of the hill will be the parking lot to your right. There is enough room here for about 10 to 15 cars. Here are the GPS coordinates of the parking lot: 64°9’20.754″ N 19°8’18.257″ W.

Parking Lot Sigödugljúfur


From the parking lot, cross F208 to the access road. Visitors are not permitted to drive down this road (there is a sign here stating that this road is for staff only). Walk on this road to get to the viewpoint over Sigödugljúfur canyon.


A view of F208 from the parking lot. Cross F208 towards the yellow sign. Then, follow the road to the viewpoint of Sigödugljúfur.

It is a 1 km (0.6 mile) easy walk on this road to the viewpoint.

Once here, enjoy the view. You can also walk along the rim of the canyon for more views.


How Long Should You Spend Here?

If you just want to walk out to the rim and photograph the waterfalls, one hour is all you need.

Allow more time to walk along the rim for different views of the canyon.

With even more time, you can also visit Sigoldufoss, which is located several kilometers away near the power plant. Enter “Sigoldufoss” into Google Maps for its exact location.

We spent almost an hour and a half here, photographing the waterfalls. Tyler also took some awesome drone clips which you can see near the end of this article.

How to Visit Sigödugljúfur

Going to Landmannalaugar?

If you already have plans to visit Landmannalaugar, this is very easy to add on to your day. You will literally drive right past Sigödugljúfur, so you can visit the canyon on the way to Landmannalaugar or during the drive back from Landmannalaugar.

What We Did

We were staying in Flúðir near the Golden Circle. In the morning, we drove out to Landmannalaugar and spent the day here doing day hikes. This is an incredible area and if you have the time in your itinerary, it’s worth spending at least one day here.

On the drive back to Flúðir we stopped at Sigödugljúfur. It surpassed all of our expectations. This is one of those places that looks so much better in person than in photos. There’s just something about seeing all of these waterfalls flowing at the same time. What a unique landscape!

Sigödugljúfur Video

Want to see more? Check out Tyler’s drone video of Sigödugljúfur.

Important Links

Before you go, check road conditions on road.is.

If you want updated weather reports, here is the link to en.verdur.is, the most reliable source for weather reports.

If you plan to visit Sigödugljúfur on your visit to Iceland, I hope you have a great experience! And if you have any questions, or if you want to share your experience, please comment below.

More Information about Iceland

Read all of our articles about Iceland in our Iceland Travel Guide.

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Comments 21

  1. Thank you so much for your great travel info! I’ve used your articles for our family trips to Australia and Iceland, and they are some of the best out there! We just got back from 2 weeks in Iceland (which was incredible). I really appreciated your articles on Landmannalaugar and Sigolduglijufur. I don’t know if we would have had the confidence to drive to Landmannalaugar without your article, and I’m sure we wouldn’t have found Sigolduglijufur without it. We almost missed it even with all of your detailed instructions. They were some of the highlights on our trip. The info on Dettifoss and Aldeyjarfoss was also really helpful. I was so glad we went to the east side of Dettifoss and stopped at Hafragilfoss and took the detour to Adleyjarfoss. These were some of our other favorite stops of the trip.

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      Thanks for writing in! You are very welcome. I’m glad you had a great trip to Iceland and hopefully we can help you out with your next trip. 😉 Cheers, Julie

  2. Hi. we’re planning visiting Sigöldugljufur canyon on september. we’re planning to come from F26 towards F208 and then continue south to Vik. we are going to rent a 4WD family car, but we don’t have any experience in real 4WD driving (as with challenging F roads). However, we did drive on moderate gravell roads in Iceland in the past.
    Just how challenging is the drive on F26 and later southwards on F208?

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      If you have driven gravel roads in Iceland before you should have no issues on F26 or F208. Both are well graded gravel roads that are relatively easy to drive. There was a spot (at least in 2019) that was rougher, but a 4WD will be fine here and no special driving skills are necessary, other than taking your time through the rougher spots. We have not driven F208 south of Landmannalaugar but the conditions should be very similar to the northern section that we drove. Cheers, Julie

  3. Thank you, thank you! What an awesome blog you have. We are in Iceland now, and SO glad you wrote about Landmannalaugar. It gave me the confidence to drive there and hike the Blahnukur Brennisteinsalda Loop, and O.M.G…how gorgeous! We also stopped at Sigoldugljufur both going in and coming out of our hike, to catch the best light in the canyon. 😉

    I intend to follow more of your tips throughout the rest of our month’s stay in this beautiful country.
    Best Regards,

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      Glad we could help. 😊 I saw you went snorkeling in Silfra. That’s awesome! Enjoy the rest of your time in Iceland! Cheers, Julie

  4. How to get there i wonder?
    U get into a car, you search the location on google maps and you follow the road…

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      It’s more complicated than that, since you drive F-roads to get here and need the proper vehicle, as required by the laws in Iceland. Cheers, Julie

  5. HI,

    so you actually did this excursion in one day there and back?
    We would rent 4×4 just for one day, since more days are too expensive for us.

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  6. You guys have done a great job, loved it. We are making second trip to iceland and planned some F road trip based on your experience. Much appreciated, Keep exploring, keep enjoyong

  7. Thanks for your excellent travel advices! Great blog and family! Regards from Romania! By the way, why not to visit also our country! I recommand Danube Delta and hikes in Carpathians Mountains.

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      Romania looks amazing…it’s on our list. We just have the “problem” of a big long list and limited time. But hiking in the Carpathians sounds right up our alley. Have fun in Iceland! Cheers, Julie

  8. Hi I have a tripe planed for iceland for the first 2 weeks in June and noticed in your post that f208 was paved until the power plant before turning into gravel road is it possible to park near power plant and hike the 3 km to the canyon ? Also are paved F roads allow non 4×4 in summer ?

    Thanks in advanced for any information.

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      I think you could park at the end of the paved road and walk the rest of the distance. There is no parking area here, so you would need to be comfortable with just leaving the car on the side of the road. As far as driving on the paved part of an F Road, I think that should be fine, but it might be worth it to check with your rental car company just to make sure that there is no weird rule about that. Cheers, Julie

  9. Hi! I see cars on The parking lot that arent 4×4. Is it possible to do this in the summer without 4×4.
    Is it safe to do with kids 2,5 and 5y old?

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      Yes, there appears to be a minivan that is most likely not 4×4. Good pick up! However, since you will drive on F-roads to get here, even just briefly, the law says that you must have a 4×4 that is approved for these roads. We did see non-4×4’s on F-roads, but they struggled in some places, and were they to get stuck or get into an accident, they would have big fines to pay. It’s not worth taking that risk so we recommend having a 4×4 if you plan to drive these roads. This hike is very easy, it’s not even a hike, really. It’s a walk on a dirt road that turns into a flat trail. It’s very easy to walk. Just keep your kids away from the cliff of the canyon. This is a very cool place and worth it, especially if you want to also visit Landmannalaugar. The 4×4 will come in handy in a lot of other places in Iceland, too. Cheers, Julie

  10. Thank you for this article, Julie. Is the F road till F208 ok ? Does it get bad after Sigoldugljufur ? How long does one have to drive on gravel and is it really full of potholes ?

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      Hello Indie. If you have a 4×4 you’ll be fine. There weren’t any potholes when we did the drive, just a lot of rough, bumpy surfaces and loose rocks/gravel. You will only have to drive on this gravel road for roughly 3 km before getting to the parking lot. And then, if you are going to continue on to Landmannalaugar, road conditions actually improve, at least in July 2019. Cheers, Julie

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