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Hengifoss is the third highest waterfall in Iceland, 128 meters.[1] It is located in Hengifossá in Fljótsdalshreppur, East Iceland. It is surrounded by basaltic strata with thin, red layers of clay between the basaltic layers. Fossilized trunks of coniferous trees, sensitive to cold, and lignite, which depict warmer climates during the latter part of Tertiary.[2] Further down the Hengifossá river is Litlanesfoss, notable for the columnar jointed volcanics around it. Hengifoss is the most popular hiking site in East Iceland with path leading from the parking lot to the falls. It takes 40-60 minutes to walk to the waterfall.[3]



  1. ^ "Icelandic Statistics". Icelandic Statistics. National Land Survey of Iceland. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Hengifoss East Iceland". Nat.is. Nat.is. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Hengifoss Hiking". Hengifoss.is. Hengifoss.is. Retrieved 30 January 2015.

Coordinates: 65°10′N 14°57′W / 65.167°N 14.950°W / 65.167; -14.950