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Located in southern Iceland, this small valley contains breathtaking waterfalls and volcanic formations.
Eldborg, Svartsengi, Iceland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I't not so easy to get there, but if you really want to feel the spirit of magical place - Gjain will be the right one! If you grab Margit Sandemo's book Saga of Hexemaster, you'll understand everything. Just leave it as you discovered it....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Klaudyna G
Reviewed 17 September 2018

I would like to keep this place a secret ... when you go, you will see why! If you don't believe in Elves and Fairies, you might after you see this magical place because Gjain is where they would call home! It is a must...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank aruthanne
Reviewed 9 August 2018

As everybody says: this is just soooo nice, especially when the sun is shining. If my family raves about Iceland they think of Gjain. Not very big, a good hour is ok to explore, but pure paradise. I would recommend to do the whole 327...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank stefandreas
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Iceland squared I think. A bit hard to reach, you need to drive half an hour through a desolate lava field indicated 4wd only. The track was very doable and we crossed a fiat 500 cross. Today I am sure any 2wd would have made...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank rometrips
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We visited Þjórsárdalur after getting sick of dealing with the crowds mobbing the more we’ll known bits of the Golden Circle. There seem to be several ways to get to Gjáin. We came in via short hike from Stöng (a worthwhile visit by itself). We...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank smooveBe
Reviewed 7 July 2018

One of my favorite stops on our tour around Iceland. To get there you have to drive down a bumpy road that is pretty much nothing but empty rock and old lava fields. Then you reach this place and its a beautiful oasis to greet...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank hollytrea
Reviewed 6 July 2018

I was pretty excited about seeing this place. the pictures on the internet were amazing! We had a great weather day - and I was not disappointed! My first glimpse over the edge was great. I could not wit to get down there and start...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kim B
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Loved this place! We had a gorgeous day and I know that certainly helped with its presentation. As we parked and peaked over the edge - it really was a magical feeling! It is like a haven in and among the cliffs. Water flowing from...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kim B
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Easy to find but bumpy to get to. Beautiful little valley and very easy hike. We had the place to ourselves most morning. Don't rush, bring some sandwiches and enjoy the moment!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank wlaw102
Reviewed 23 June 2018

It's quite a bumpy drive down a dirt track that barely qualifies as a road. As a result, it is not recommended to attempt this in a vehicle without 4x4. The reward for making it to the end is a really lovely small valley with...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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31 July 2017|
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Response from aliciaroset | Reviewed this property |
The road to Gjain is extremely rough. We had a lighter 4x4 vehicle and even we had a hard time. Probably one of the worst non-F roads we encountered. That being said, it's not illegal to try to take a 2 wheel drive vehicle... More
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Response from Wombough |
There aren't any 4x4 signs for the road to Haifoss but there are for Gjain. In my opinion, a 4x4 would be a good idea for both drives. The road to haifoss has a ton of very large potholes and large rocks to clear. If its... More