Paradisarhellir Cave, Selfoss
About Paradisarhellir Cave, Selfoss
Paradisarhellir Cave, Selfoss - Address
Address: Fit, Iceland
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
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The Paradisarhellir Cave also popularly known as Paradise Cave is a famous attraction in South Iceland just near the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Reaching the cave requires a small hike and a little climbing. The cave is quite well known in Iceland for a 16th century love story that is associated with it. A young man named Hjalti was in love with a well off lady called Anna. Anna’s brother was against the relationship and tried his best to stop it, so Hjalti had to run off and hide for 4 years in the cave. Inside the cave one can find many inscriptions said to be from the 16th century. The cave is an ideal place for tourists who don’t mind getting their clothes dirty and want some hands on adventure.
Paradisarhellir Cave Information
- The path from parking to the cave may get muddy and swampy so wearing of gum boots with good grip is recommended.
- One has to climb to the cave using a rope so it is not recommended for people having a heart disease or similar ailments.
Paradisarhellir Cave Opening and Closing Hours
- Sunset and sunrise timings may drastically vary in Iceland and thus visiting timings should also be altered according to month of visit.
How To reach Paradisarhellir Cave by Public Transport
- By renting a car.
- By tour bus.
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Paradisarhellir Cave, Selfoss Reviews - Write a Review
First of all... Understand what you're about to visit. Check out the photos. If you really want to do it - I think its waste of time and its dangerous - the GPS coordinates are: 63.597267,-19.958549 (cave) and 63.596802,-19.969739 (parking) The cave is tiny about 15qm. The 5 star rating of this other guy is ironic. There is nothing interesting. Some names in a stone. You must be in really good physical condition. You must climb 8 meter but there is a iron chain + rope. An experience climber should have no problems.
This is not very well marked and wrong on GPS! Follow the sign in Iceland that says "Paradisarhellir" (which is one street west on route 1 of the GPS location) and park in the lot. You hike 15 minutes up and hop a fence to the right of the trail. Don't head west of the trail at the top. The trail was very wet in Sept and our shoes were wet. We were excited to use the chains to get in the cave, but it was very difficult and we were not able to do it. I would say that rock climbers and other expert climbers could do this, but not people who don't have any experience rock climbing. It's straight up the chain at least 15-20 feet. It was still really cool to hike over to it.
Phenomenal cave... first climb half-way up a mountain, then enter the cave through a tiny entrance... The cave is enormous. This is the largest cave I have ever seen.
READ THIS IF YOU PLAN TO GO: Rating is because of how unclear this one is. This is not marked correct on map for starters, Fit road just has a few houses on it. If you are heading towards Seljalandsfoss Waterfall pass Fit road and you will then see a sign and small parking area. This is the parking area for Paradise caves. It has the sign in the parking I posted below. You need to go into a sheep field that is very soggy and you maybe in a few inches of water on the way, its about a 10-15 minute hike to even get to it. You follow the path over a couple small walking bridges over steams and it takes you to a sheep fence and you head up towards the cliffs, at the top right you need to go over the fence. After that you will find the chain to climb up. We actually did this at night using headlights and it was just my wife and I and she was not going to make it up the chain after a number of other hikes that day. So the end result for us was we did not make it in the cave and if we did we may have had a better rating, however it was very confusing to even find the location!
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