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Coordinates: 63°46′16.5″N 18°10′19″W / 63.771250°N 18.17194°W / 63.771250; -18.17194

View of Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon looking towards the Ocean, Iceland
View of Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon looking upstream, Iceland

Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland which is up to 100 m deep[1] and about 2 kilometres long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it.[2] It is located near the Ring Road, not far from the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.[3]

The canyon was created by progressive erosion by flowing water from glaciers through the rocks and palagonite over millennia.[4]


  1. ^ " - Fjaðrárgljúfur - A canyon - South East Iceland". Retrieved 19 Sep 2012. 
  2. ^ Collectif; Dominique Auzias; Jean-Paul Labourdette (27 April 2011). Islande. Petit Futé. pp. 188–. ISBN 978-2-7469-4837-2. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Jane Victoria Appleton; Lisa Gail Shannen (16 December 2010). Frommer's Iceland. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 274–. ISBN 978-1-119-99443-5. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Íslandshandbókin. 2. bindi. 1989, S.695
Panorama showing Fjadrárgljúfur, viewed from the tourist footpath.
Fjadrárgljúfur, viewed from the tourist footpath.