Háifoss Waterfall - Hotel Rangá - Luxury Hotel in South Iceland


Háifoss Waterfall

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Drive from hotel

1.5 hrs


4×4 Car



Háifoss is one of the most incredible waterfalls in all of Iceland. The falls are fed by the river Fossá which cascades directly over high cliffs down to a pool far below. Plunging over 122 m (400 ft), Háifoss is actually the second highest waterfall in the entire country.

Just beside Háifoss you will see its smaller and less powerful neighbor, Granni. The most common viewing area is directly across from the waterfall. However, you can also hike to the falls along the river Fossá.

In order to reach Háifoss, you must use a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The road to reach the falls is gravel and quite bumpy. We recommend that you visit the falls in the summer months; in the winter, there are times that the road can be inaccessible.

Facts about Háifoss waterfall


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First, drive west towards Selfoss. Next, turn right on road 30 towards Flúðir and take another right on road 32 towards Þjórsárdalur. Drive for approximately 30 minutes until you see a sign for Laxárgljúfur. Turn left and continue for a few hundred meters on the bumpy, gravel road until you see the sign for Háifoss. 

Yes, you can. However, we recommend that you drive a 4×4 car. If you prefer, you can also book a guided tour with a local tour company. Please contact the Hotel Rangá reception for information about available tours.

It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Gjáin to Háifoss. Please be aware that the route is on gravel roads. Consequently, the drive can take longer depending on the weather and the road conditions. 4×4 cars are necessary for this journey.

Háifoss waterfall is 122 meters high (400 feet). Háifoss is the second highest waterfall in Iceland. 

Distances to Háifoss waterfall

It takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive to Háifoss from Hotel Rangá. However, it can take longer, depending on road conditions. Please check with the Hotel Rangá reception about the road conditions before you leave.

It takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to drive from Reykjavík to Háifoss. However, it can take longer depending on road conditions. 

It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Háifoss waterfall to Gjáin. 4×4 cars are necessary when making this journey. 

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