Gjáin

Gjáin

To get here, we returned down the road from Háifoss. At the point we turned right for Háifoss, we continued straight on instead of going left and back to the main road. This road has a sign on it indicating that you MUST have a 4×4 in order to access it – and believe me, you wouldn’t want to attempt this in a 2 wheel drive! This road took us to a parking area on the south side of Gjáin.
(Apparently there is another route to get here via the remains at the Viking settlement of Stöng. The hike is approximately 2km and is relatively easy – however we have to say we never took this route!)

From here, we walked down steps into this stunningly beautiful fairy tale world. It was hard to believe we had left what had seemed a desolate landscape at the parking area, to find this lush green paradise. Surrounded by caves, amazing rock formations, waterfalls, springs and ponds it was like we had discovered an unknown place.

There were too many vistas to mention, everywhere you turned offered an amazing view. From the mist of the waterfalls, to the structure of the lava caves there was something new to discover down each turn of the path.

Now it’s known that a lot of Icelanders believe in elves, trolls, spirits etc and if this was your first experience in Iceland it would be hard for a foreigner to disagree. You almost expect to see fairies playing amongst the vegetation and rocks. It has to be the most magical place I have ever visited and to be honest didn’t want to leave in a hurry.