Faxi Waterfall: Tips for This Unknown Waterfall in Iceland

Faxi Waterfall

Also Known As Vatnsleysufoss

The Faxi waterfall in Iceland is not so well known. Maybe because it has multiple names, such as Faxifoss and Vatnsleysufoss. Most people drive past it when driving the island's famous Golden Circle. This is a shame as this waterfall offers you to experience the violence of water up close.

Iceland is a country full of waterfalls. The Faxi waterfall is one of them. This waterfall is 32 meters high and more than 100 meters wide. The water falls in two layers in a beautiful gorge. It is fed by the Hvita River. This is one of the most popular rivers for rafting in the country.

Faxifoss is located in the Tungufljót River, which originates in the Sandvatnn, a small lake south of the Langjökull Glacier. The river eventually flows into the Hvítá which flows past the town of Selfoss.

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Hiking At Faxifoss

The waterfall is on private property. Therefore you have to pay for access to the parking lot. From the parking lot, you can walk to a viewpoint from where you have a good overview of the waterfall. Take a moment and watch the mass of water rise from the mountains to fall over the edge. You can also see the vapour well because of the violence.

The path goes down until you get to the river from where you have a good view of the water. You can get closer to the waterfall, so you can take perfect pictures for example. You can also view the salmon ladder up close.

Frontview of the Faxi waterfall. ©Corno van den Berg

Salmon Ladder

There is a salmon ladder in the Faxi, as you can see in the video. This allows the fish to swim upstream to spawn. With a bit of luck, you can see the fish jumping up the fish ladder. Especially in May, you have a good chance when the animals migrate to the higher waters.

The Golden Circle Tour

This is how close you can get to the Faxi waterfall. ©Corno van den Berg

The Golden Circle is a 200-kilometre long route in the southwest of Iceland. It is approximately twelve kilometres from highlights such as the Geysir and Strokkur geysers, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. You can easily visit all the highlights in one day, although several days are better if you also want to hike, for example. So don't forget to visit Faxifoss.

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