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Valagil waterfall

Unsurprisingly, you will find waterfalls in Westfjords; the wonder is the waterfalls’ look.

When you come to Iceland, you may expect to see a lot of waterfalls, but each of them will leave you speechless.

Valagil is a beautiful waterfall hidden in a gorge in Westfjords, just about 9 km south of Súðavík. The waterfall is in Álftafjörður, and you must hike to get there.

It is not officially established where the name of the waterfall came from, but some people say that the name came from the word ‘valur’, which in Icelandic means falcon.

Some falcons were observed nesting there, and some people related this to the waterfall. Other people say that the name came from a woman named Vala, who had fallen into the gorge and died.

The waterfall falls in a ravine made from layers of ancient lava. Its location at the landward end of Álftafjörður will give you a pleasant experience while hiking to it.

There is a mud parking lot where you can park your car and start the hike on the visible path you can follow right from the parking. There is also a sign that shows where the 2 km path starts.

The upper part of the waterfall can be visible all the time from the hiking path, but the true beauty of the waterfall can be seen only when you get to the gorge.

The waterfall is tall and falls into a series of smaller waterfalls. Hiking to Valagil Waterfall is a nice summer activity, so if you are wandering around, add Valagil to your list.

Book a self-drive tour to explore the Westfjords.

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