Kolugljúfur is the name of a gorge in Víðidalsá River in Víðidal in the north-west of Iceland.The gorge is over one km long and about 40-60 m deep. The river drops into the gorge in two scenic waterfalls, named Kolufossar falls. The gorge and the falls are named after an ogress called Kola who is said to have lived nearby on a ledge in the gorge.
Some stories even say that she was the one to create the gorge and the falls to make it easier for her to fish for salmon in the river. The river, Víðidalsá, is a good salmon river, but the salmon are unable to get higher than the falls.The ogress would sit on her ledge next to the pool underneath the waterfall and scoop up the salmon into a pot. The falls are only about ten minutes away from the main road, and there is a good viewing place close to a bridge over/across the river a little higher up. The falls are a beautiful sight and well worth a visit, but people are advised to be careful while there and not go too close to the gorge’s edge because the drop is high. It is very difficult to get to the falls from the bottom of the gorge.
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