Stuðlagil canyon is a great experience for both travelers and residents alike. This private trip will take you to Stuðlagil and you will enter the canyon by foot and hiking to get close to this tresure that has been carved out by nature over thousands of years.
Our guide will also tell local stories and history of the places we visit.
This tour is tailored to depart from the town of Egilsstaðir. We can tailor it upon request.
Stuðlagil is a unique basalt canyon located in Efri-Jökuldalur in Egilsstaðir, which in recent years has become one of the most exciting and popular destinations in East Iceland.
When we depart from Egilsstaðir we will stop at Rjúkandi waterfall, to get to the waterfall there is a short and easy walk. From there we will go to Stuðlagil. The best view of the canyon is on the east side of Jökulsá. We will need to walk a bit but don´t worry the hike is not very long it is between 25-35 minutes.
When we reach the canyon. If your group is not up for the walk we can go on the other side down a flight of stairs and enjoy the view from there.
For a long time, Stuðlagil canyon was mostly hidden by a powerful glacial river called Jökulsá á Dal (also known as Jökla by locals). It wasn’t discovered until after the Káranhjúkar hydro-dam was built and put in use and the Hálslón reservoir started to fill, making Jökla’s water levels drop and revealing the stunning basalt columns of Stuðlagil canyon. Jökla is one of the longest glacial rivers in Iceland, spanning a total of 150 kms from Vatnajökull glacier to Héraðssandar beach. Entering Jökla.
Stuðlagil canyon boasts one of the country’s largest and most beautiful basalt formations and is exceptionally graphic, especially when Jökla’s glacial water is clear. The bluish-green colour of the water, which contrasts beautifully with the colourful basalt columns, really is a sight to behold. As is with glacial rivers, its colour and water flow change depending on the season. Come spring and snow start to thaw, and the Hálslón reservoir is overflowing, the river takes on a grey-brown colour. Overflow is most common from the beginning of August until October – but can occur at other times too
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✓ Private transportation
✓ Bottled water
✓ Private guide
✓ Pickup and drop-off in Egilsstaðir area
What to bring
✓ Clothes suitable for weather conditions
✓ Good shoes please do not wear any footwear with open toes
✓ Your Good mood
✓ Your phone and and tag us #easthighlanders
All tours are undertaken on the respinsibility of its participants. East Highlanders does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.
Pickup and drop-off
Traveler pickup is offered in Egilsstaðir and Seyðisfjörður
It's a private tour and the driver will call when he arrives at the pickup point.
For other pickup points please contact us
Returns to original departure point
What to expect
Duratition: 5 hours
Difficulty level: easy
Departure: upon request
Language: English, Icelandic