After reaching Egilsstaðir, I drove towards Neskaupstaður with making a short detour driving into the beautiful Mjóifjörður fjord. For me the drive down to that specific fjord is just incredible. At the base of the fjord, there’s also a rusty boat wreck (for those of you who like these kind of photographic settings).
Driving towards the town of Neskaupstaður, the beautiful weather I had in the morning turned into really thick fog. The weather in the east can usually be very different between the different fjords so I was not surprised. And you know what they say about the weather in Iceland…
On Sunday, the weather took a turn for the worse. There was a lot more wind and it rained every now and then. Still I decided to head towards Hengifoss. Hengifoss is a waterfall at the south side of the lake near Egilsstaðir. You can already see the waterfall from the parking lot, which is no surprise since it’s about 118 meters high. To get there, you need to hike up the mountain side. On the way you can also get a closer look at Litlanesfoss, which is special because of the big amount of basalt columns in and around the waterfall. You get the best view of it on the other side of the river (which requires you to go down and back up or come down the other way after seeing Hengifoss).
The steep hike up to Hengifoss is about 2,5 kilometers long but definitely worth it. The waterfall itself is really beautiful, especially because of the red lines in the rock surrounding the fall.
When I got back to the parking lot, it started raining again so I decided to head back into town for some coffee before the flight. It was a short but intensive weekend away and there’s no doubt I’ll be back in the east soon.