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Fjaðrárgljúfur

This darkly picturesque canyon, carved out by the river Fjaðrá, has been well and truly discovered, thanks to Instagrammers and one Justin Bieber (who filmed a video clip here). A walking trail follows its southern …
Waterfall in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Systrafoss & Systravatn

At the western end of the village, the lovely double waterfall, Systrafoss, tumbles down the cliffs and a sign outlines three short walks in the pretty wooded area (Iceland's tallest trees grow here!). The lake, Sys…
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Kirkjugólf

The basalt columns of Kirkjugólf (Church Floor), smoothed down and cemented with moss, were once mistaken for an old church floor rather than a work of nature, and it’s easy to see why. The honeycombed slab lies in …
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Systrakaffi

The liveliest place in town is this cafe-bar, which can get slammed in summer. Its tasty, wide-ranging menu offers soups, salads, pizzas and burgers – but understandably plays favourites with local char and lamb.
Landmark in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Landbrotshólar

West of the village and south of the Ring Road is this vast, dimpled, vivid-green pseudocrater field. Pseudocraters formed when hot lava poured over wetlands; the subsurface water boiled and steam exploded through t…
Landmark in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Dverghamrar

Just east of Foss á Siðu waterfall (about 11km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur on the Ring Road) is the outcrop Dverghamrar (‘Dwarf Rocks’) – two rock formations that feature classic basalt columns and are thought to be th…
Landmark in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Systrastapi

Religious connections are particularly strong around Klaustur. The prominent, stumpy rock pillar Systrastapi, near the line of cliffs about 1.5km west of town, marks the spot where two nuns were reputedly executed a…
Church in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Steingrímsson Memorial Chapel

The triangular, distinctly atypical wood-and-stone chapel at the heart of the village was consecrated in 1974. It commemorates Jón Steingrímsson’s 'Eldmessa' (Fire Sermon), which ‘saved’ the town from lava on 20 Jul…
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Kaffi Munkar

At the western end of town, Kaffi Munkar serves as the bright cafe-reception of Klausturhof guesthouse. Pop in for soup, spicy chicken, fish stew or 'Arctic char from next door' (according to the cute blackboard men…
Waterfall in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Foss á Siðu

This waterfall, 11km east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur on the Ring Road, is a head-turning cascade that normally tumbles down from the cliffs. During especially strong winds, however, it actually goes straight up!