The Hidden Gems of the Golden Circle in Iceland

The first in our series of off-the-beaten attractions is Gjáin. Situated about two hours from Reykjavik, this beauty spot is home to waterfalls, canyons, caves and scenic treks –everything you could ever want in a hidden paradise!

The secluded beauty spot that is Gjáin is said to be home to numerous elves, which isn’t surprising when you witness how mystical and romantic the surrounding landscape looks. The river Rauðá cascades and flows into the valley, before falling from the picture-perfect Gjárfoss Waterfall.

The waterfall is an easy stop to make, especially if you’re doing a tour of the Golden Circle. If driving from Reykjavik, take the road number 1 northbound. After Mosfellsbaer, you’ll come to a roundabout, take the first exit onto road number 36. Continue straight for 30 minutes.

After Laugarvatn, take road number 355, on your right-hand side and continue straight. Eventually, you’ll come to a junction in the road, take the left turn, signposted Bi ALDAN, and continue straight. You’ll spot a red gate on your left-hand side, park near here.

Next, it’s time to continue your mission on foot. Head north towards the access bridge and follow the tiny trail, which leads you through the fields. After about five minutes you’ll arrive at a barbwire gate, go through and cross the bridge.

The first hidden gem

Continue walking through the countryside until you see an arrow sign (which has nothing written on it), then turn right. Continue walking along the path for about 10 minutes until you arrive at the waterfall. Make sure to pack a camera and capture some amazing pictures of what is, arguably, Iceland’s most breath-taking waterfall.