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!
A Great Day Hike to the colorful Highlands of Iceland
Discover the incredible highlands in Iceland
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 roads. While 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.
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
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.
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 note, the 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 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.
About Sigoldugljufur Canyon
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.