Sigöldugljúfur is a beautiful gorge that runs through the Highlands. Though the canyon is less known than other landmarks, Sigöldugljúfur offers visitors an unparalleled escape into nature. Plan a visit to Sigöldugljúfur if you want to experience hidden nature in the Icelandic Highlands!

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Sigoldugljufur Canyon – nestled deep in the Icelandic Highlands – is a must-see for photographers and nature lovers. The beautiful canyon is en route to Iceland’s famed geological wonder, Landmannalaugar. 

This attraction has been off the radar for a while due to its remote location and challenging accessibility through the mountain roadsWhile the roads to Sigoldugljufur might get bumpy, drivers will be rewarded with beautiful and unspoiled nature in Iceland.

Sigoldugljufur offers a panorama so beautiful that it reminds you of ancient Greek artworks. The turquoise Tungnaá River, countless waterfalls, and vibrant flora will fill your sight with awe.

Miniature curves in the canyon are coated with soft carpets of green moss. They make a striking contrast against the lunar-like landscapes of the Highlands. This is a perfect scene for those who want to snap a one-of-a-kind picture. 

Where is Sigoldugljufur located

The Sigoldugljufur Canyon is located in the Highlands of Iceland. It’s around 172 km (107 mi) from Reykjavik. The canyon about 189 km (117 mi) from the southernmost village in Iceland, Vik and about 239 km (149 mi) from Akureyri “Capital of the North.”

GPS coordinates of Sigoldugljufur: 64.1579° N, 19.1253° W

How to get to Sigoldugljufur?

To reach Sigoldugljufur, take Ring Road 1 east from Reykjavik. After passing the town of Selfoss, turn left onto road 30. Then turn right onto road 32 and drive North until you reach the F26 highland road. Turn from the F26 south onto mountain road F208, which is a 4WD road that climbs up the hill.

After driving the F208 a few minutes, you should pass the Sigalda Power Plant and notice a small hill shortly afterward. Go down that hill and you’ll notice a dirt road to the left. Nearby you’ll find a parking lot and from there the canyon is easily accessible on foot. 

Safety Tips for Driving

Sigoldugljufur is only accessible via F-roads, which means they aren’t paved and you’ll have to hop on a 4×4 vehicle to safely find the canyon. Keep in mind that only 4×4 vehicles are suitable for the mountain roads. Traveling with an expert driver or guide is highly recommended. 

Please notethe gravel roads that will take you to the canyon require special attention and slowing down the speed. More information about driving in Iceland you can find in The Ultimate Guide to Driving in Iceland

The Impact of the Power Plant

The surrounding area of the Sigoldugljufur Canyon has been reshaped by the project of the Sigalda Hydroelectric Power Station. After the Sigalda Dam was built, the water level in the Tungnaá River – which runs through the canyon – reduced significantly.

However, Sigoldugljufur, with its set of small waterfalls, continued to enchant. When visiting the canyon, you can check out the big lake of Sigöldulón, also known as the reservoir Krókslón. 

Though the Tungnaá River doesn’t flow with the same force as it once did, it has transformed itself into a crystal-clear spring. When visiting the canyon, get your camera ready to capture the best of turquoise waters streaming along the cliffs.

Interesting places near Sigoldugljufur

  • Hrauneyjafoss Waterfall: A fascinating 29-meter high waterfall will be on your way to Sigoldugljufur, making a quick turn off the road F26. Located northwest of the canyon, Hrauneyjarfoss rewards visitors with fantastic views, perfect for the camera. 
  • Sigoldufoss Waterfall: If you want to add another spectacular waterfall to your travel album, Sigoldufoss is worth a visit. The tumbling waters drop into the Tungnaá River. 
  • Háifoss Waterfall: If you have the time, make a 15-km (9-mi) detour to the fourth highest waterfall in Iceland. On your way through Route 26 to the Sigoldugljufur Canyon, turn Northwest to Route 32 and right onto Road 332. Shortly thereafter you’ll reach Haifoss.
  • Landmannalaugar: After visiting the  Sigoldugljufur Canyon, continue on road F208 for 23.8 km (14.8 mi) to the unforgettable landscapes of Landmannalaugar.

FAQ

About Sigoldugljufur Canyon

  • The Highland Center Hrauneyjar: A family-owned hotel, located about 17 km (11 mi) away from the Sigoldugljufur canyon, will offer you cozy accommodation for your stay. 
  • Landmannahellir: If you prefer to stay inside Landmannalaugar, a nice camping site can be found at Landmannahellir. There you’ll find lavatories and a shower, as well as a site for campervans and camping wagons. 

The Highland Center Hrauneyjar, located on your way to the Sigoldugljufur Canyon, has a nice restaurant where you’ll find home-cooked cuisine. However, as the canyon sits deep in the Highlands of Iceland, we recommend you to take a lunch bag with you on hikes. 

The F-roads, also known as the mountain roads, are opened only during the summer and closed during winter time for safety reasons. With this in mind, the best time to visit Sigoldugljufur is during the summer season (starting in June).

Since opening times are highly dependent on weather conditions that might vary during the year, you should always check the opening schedules of F-roads before embarking on an adventure.