Hengifoss

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Hengifoss
Hengifoss

It’s well worth the 2.5-kilometer (1.6-mile) moderately steep hike to reach the base of the Hengifoss waterfall (the name means "hanging waterfall" in English). Among the highest falls in Iceland, the lake-fed water here cascades down from a height of around 128 meters (420 feet) into a spectacular gorge surrounded by reddish-hued cliffs layered with black basalt rock and fossils. The whole scene—the dramatic multicolored gorge and the falls themselves, purportedly among the most powerful in all of Europe—appears as if it had come straight from the pages of a fantastic tale. For the best photos, try to time your visit for early in the day when the entire scene is bathed in morning light.

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