If you’re visiting Ísafjörður in the Westfjords, you must find time to see Valagil waterfall. It’s just a 25 minute drive from Ísafjörður and doesn’t yet seem popular with tourists, as it crashes through a canyon not seen from the road. We had the whole valley and falls to ourselves!
To get to the trailhead, drive 9km south of Súðavík, nearing the inside tip of the fjord Álftafjörður. Before reaching the end of the fjord, there’s a small bridge. Just before this bridge is a dirt parking lot off to the right, at the base of the Seljalandsdalur valley. There’s also a big wooden picnic table here.
From the parking lot, a trail leads into the valley. There is also a small wooden sign pointing hikers in the right direction. Wear hiking shoes and bring water, as is takes about 45 minutes to hike to the falls. The hike itself is flat with no incline until you get to the base of the waterfall.
As you start your hike, you will see a large waterfall at the end of the valley. However, this is not Valagil. Be sure to stay right when hiking within the valley, as Valagil falls flows from a canyon on the right side. The falls can be spotted easily from the wooden bridge that spans it’s river.
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