Litlanesfoss (Stuðlabergsfoss)

Iceland
Highlights
Trail Access
Accessibility

Litlanesfoss is a 98ft (30 m) tall waterfall in Eastern Iceland, renowned for its stunning hexagonal basalt column surroundings.

The hike to Litlanesfoss takes about 30-45 minutes one-way from the parking area.

Litlanesfoss is accessible via a hiking trail. It’s located along the same trail as Hengifoss waterfall

Read more
Litlanesfoss

Litlanesfoss

Litlanesfoss, located in eastern Iceland, is a beautiful waterfall. It is situated along a hiking trail leading to the more popular Hengifoss waterfall. Litlanesfoss is approximately 30 meters (98ft) high. What distinguishes Litlanesfoss is its characteristic backdrop formed by basalt columns in various shapes, which surround the flowing water, creating a fascinating display of nature’s abilities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
JOURNEY

Litlanesfoss Hike

The journey to Litlanesfoss waterfall should begin by heading to the eastern region of Iceland. The nearest large town is Egilsstaðir, which serves as a good starting point for the trip.

Next, head southwest along the western shore of Lake Lagarfljót. At the Hengifoss waterfall, there is a well-marked parking area. This is where the hike begins.

The trail to Litlanesfoss is part of the route leading to the larger Hengifoss waterfall. It is a moderately demanding climb through beautiful Icelandic landscapes. During the ascent, keep an eye out for the Hengifossá river, which forms both Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss.

Litlanesfoss is located approximately halfway along the trail leading to Hengifoss. It’s important to note that Litlanesfoss is not visible from the main path. To see this waterfall, you will need to carefully approach the edge of the canyon. Exercise caution during this process, as the terrain may be unstable.

The hike to Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss usually takes around 2-3 hours roundtrip. However, if you’re only interested in Litlanesfoss, reaching it takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Getting there

  • Start your journey in the eastern region of Iceland, with the town of Egilsstaðir serving as a convenient base.
  • The trail to Litlanesfoss is part of the route leading to Hengifoss, a moderately demanding climb through stunning Icelandic landscapes. Keep an eye out for the Hengifossá river, which forms both waterfalls.
  • The full hike to Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss usually takes around 2-3 hours roundtrip, but if you’re only interested in Litlanesfoss, reaching it takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Hike Details

  • Start your hike from the parking area for Hengifoss waterfall, located southwest along the western shore of Lake Lagarfljót near the town of Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland.
  • Litlanesfoss is located approximately halfway along the trail to Hengifoss, but it’s not visible from the main path. You’ll need to carefully approach the edge of the canyon to see this waterfall, so exercise caution due to potentially unstable terrain

Tips

  • Litlanesfoss is located about halfway along the trail to Hengifoss, Iceland’s third-tallest waterfall. Plan to see both waterfalls in one hike for the best experience
  • The trail starts with a steep climb up stairs and continues to ascend steadily. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water.
  • The parking lot can fill up quickly during peak season. Arriving early will help ensure you get a spot