Gluggafoss waterfall


Gluggafoss is a waterfall in southern Iceland, specifically in the Fljótshlíð area. As the most prominent member of a series of waterfalls running from the river Merkjá, it is also known as Merkjárfoss; both names are acknowledged on an on-site signpost.

The waterfall is accessible off Route 261, some 17.3 km from the closest major town, Hvolsvöllur (which in turn is 106 km east of Reykjavík).


How to get to Gluggafoss

Is it a paid attraction?

Parking and sightseeing Gluggafoss are not paid, so you can visit it for free.


Parking at the Gluggafoss waterfall is for about 10 – 15 cars, but there is usually never enough space, so there is always a free space in the car park where you can stop your car.


One of the best waterfall spot that is not filled with tourist. No bathroom amenities here just nature. Its one of our favorites during our visit. A half day is not enough to explore all the waterfall in this one area. Great place to fly a drone also”Joseph

The main fall of Gluggafoss is incredibly beautiful and interesting. The cliffs that Gluggafoss falls from are made from a mix of palagonite, or tuff, and basalt. Palagonite is a relatively soft rock and the water has eroded parts of this rock near the top of the fall creating arches and tunnels and giving the waterfall its name Gluggafoss meaning “Window Falls”.  –

Where to Stay Near Gluggafoss Waterfall

Published: July 20, 2022
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