The Basaltic Wonders of North Iceland: A Journey to Hafrahvammar Canyon


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Have you ever been to Iceland? If not, you should be planning your next trip to Iceland. Among all of the beautiful places in Iceland, there is Hafrahvammar Canyon very much famous among tourists. Tourism Iceland is providing you with a chance to take a Helicopter tour of this majestic land. Filled with the beauty and grace of mother nature, the place is nothing less than heaven. Here you will find beautiful lush green views, a gushing river of multiple shades, and basalt columns on each riverside.
Stuðlagil Canyon is very rapidly becoming one of the best tourist attractions in Iceland.

Things to Find in Studlagil  and Hafrahvammar Canyon

Stuðlagil Canyon is an amazing location where you will find many things. Some of the important and unique features of this tour are:

  • The land has an elegant and calming scenery.
  • Because of the aesthetic space, you can take some great pictures here.
  • Helicopter Ride will make this tour comfortable, and you will save some time.
  • You will be able to view Stuðlagil waterfall.
  • The Place is Safe and Fun to explore.
  • You will get a proper guide who will tell you about the history of this place.
  • This tour is worth your time and money.
  • The best time to visit it is in summer.
  • You can have a plan customised to your need.

Stuðlagil Canyon-Detailed Tour Guide

Studlaberg has a unique name. In the Iceland language, it means basalt column. The word Gil means ravine or gorge. Hence the word means Stuðlagil. On the whole, it means basalt gorge.

How did it form?

Are you interested in knowing the history of this famous site? Before June 2016, no one except the people of Iceland knew about Stuðlagil. It was just a site for them until it came into the sight of tourists and gained fame. The gorge was completely submerged by the glacial waters. However, in 2007- 2008 the water shifted in the Fljótsdalur Power Station, and the place came into the sight of the whole world.

Where is it located?

Stuðlagilis a place present on the east side of Ice Land. It is around 36 kilometers or 22 miles away from Möðrudalur.  If seen from the nearby town, Egilsstaðir, the place is around 70 kilometers (43 miles) away. If you travel from Myvatn to Stuðlagilis, you will have to cover a distance of 140 kilometers (87 miles) and 600 kilometers (372 miles) from Reykjavík.


  • Tour guidelines
  • Amazing aerial views
  • Warm clothing, preferably waterproof overalls
  • Snacks and water
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera gear

Tour Plan

Places to See on Stuðlagil Canyon Tour

There are many sites in Stuolagil Canyon. You can enjoy a lot of beautiful sceneries of  Studlafoss Waterfall. Here there ate many ponds of multiple shades and the close by farms along with some lush greens.

Studlafoss Waterfall

Stuðlafoss Waterfall is a sparkling waterfall in South Iceland. River Fossá is the main source of water in the fall. The waterfall drops to a whopping 30 meters (100 feet).

On the base of the waterfall, you will find a turquoise pool where you can relax and enjoy the serene nature of this waterfall. On the sides of the waterfall, you can see the rugged view of rocks which are covered all around with lush green vegetation.

With Tourismiclend, you will take the tour by helicopter all around the place, starting with the Kirkjubæjarklaustur that you can see in the distance. In case the weather is good, we will take you close to the waterfall.  Once you get off the helicopter at Stuðlagil Canyon, we will take you back to the periwinkle blue and green colors of the gorge river. These columns are present around the 20 – 30 m high basalt columns. These basalt columns are formed when the hot magma cools down. As a result, the basalt column will form in the hexagonal-shaped volcanic basalt rocks. This is one of the major factors that makes this place unique from other popular places in Iceland.

Also, the beautiful views of Stuolagil Canyon will make it a great place to take photos for Instagram. Our Stuolagil Canyon Helicopter Tour will be like nothing you’ve ever done before.

The Studlafoss waterfall, the Karahnjukar Hydropower Plant, and the Stuolagil Hiking Trail are also famous places in the area around the gorge. But our knowledgeable guide will tell you everything there is to know about the area’s past and geology and answer any questions you may have.

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