Háifoss is the fourth tallest waterfall in all of Iceland, behind Morsárfoss, Glymur and Hengifoss. It falls somewhere around 122 meters and is located on the edge of the highlands, near the volcano Hekla in the Fossá river. This river is a tributary of spring water off the glacial river Þjórsá, which is Iceland’s longest river. What makes Háifoss really stand out is how close it is in proximity to its neighboring waterfall, fittingly named Granni, an Icelandic word meaning “neighbor.” These twin falls together create an outstanding, one-of-a-kind view, perfect for a photo opportunity.
Getting to Haifoss
To get to Háifoss, start from Reykjavik and head south along the Ring Road. You’ll pass through Selfoss, the largest town in south Iceland, as well as a few other small towns. About 15 kilometers after you pass Selfoss, take a left turn at the sign for Route 30 towards Flúðir. Head down this road for another 18 kilometers and then turn right onto Route 32. Drive 40 kilometers down Route 32 until you reach a small gravel road on the left with a sign for Háifoss and Stöng. Continue down this long gravel road and you’ll eventually reach the Háifoss parking lot.
From the parking area, you’ll need to walk a short distance to reach the falls. The path doesn’t require any strenuous climbing or hiking, as it slopes gradually downhill until you reach the perfect viewing point for Háifoss and Granni. This shouldn’t be a difficult hike if you’re in moderately good shape.
Reaching Háifoss and its twin, Granni, can be a challenging drive for some vehicles. Many of the roads in Iceland can be rough for 2wd vehicles, and the gravel roads that lead to these falls can be difficult to navigate safely. A 4wd vehicle is recommended for travelers who wish to drive down these unpaved roads.
The Haifoss Area and When to Visit
As Háifoss and Granni are situated in a pretty remote location, extra care should be taken to ensure proper safety around the waterfall viewing area. The cliffs can be extremely steep and potentially hazardous. Take extra precaution when viewing the falls.
It’s recommended that you view the falls in the summer months (June-September) to avoid unfavorable weather conditions. Due to the location of the waterfall in the valley, winds can be rough in the winter and snow can be hazardous. These conditions can make it difficult to get to and from Háifoss, causing possible drift and potential accidents if you don’t have a proper 4wd vehicle.
As one of the tallest waterfalls in all of Iceland, this is a must-see stop on your journey through the best waterfalls in the country. Háifoss offers a stunning view you won’t see anywhere else, so don’t pass up the opportunity to see this amazing attraction.