Gjáin in Þjórsárdalur Valley

Drive from hotel

1.5 hrs


4×4 Car



Gjáin in Þjórsárdalur Valley is a lush oasis filled with plant life and cascading waterfalls. Visitors must journey to the edge of the Icelandic highlands to reach this stunning retreat. Therefore, a 4×4 vehicle is necessary; roads to reach this spot are made of  gravel and quite bumpy. However, the  journey is worth every minute.

Once you arrive at Gjáin in Þjórsárdalur Valley, you will see incredible natural beauty. From winding rivers, to rushing waterfalls, to unique plants and more. There are even basalt columns, lava caves and volcanic tuft.

It is best to visit Gjáin during the summer in order to enjoy the fantastic plant life. Perhaps you might even pack a picnic and enjoy a scenic hike.

Facts about Gjáin, The Gorge in Þjórsárdalur

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Gjáin is a beautiful oasis of plant life, rock formations and tumbling waterfalls. Gjáin is a lovely spot for a hike.

Yes, you can drive to Gjáin during the summer months. However, you must use a 4×4 vehicle. Please visit Hotel Rangá’s reception before your journey to Gjáin. Our receptionists will check the condition of the road before your departure.

Distances to Gjáin in Þjórsárdalur Valley

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It takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive to Gjáin from Hotel Rangá. The final bit of road is gravel and requires a 4×4 vehicle. 

It takes approximately 2 hours to drive from Reykjavík to Gjáin. 

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