Iceland Kirkjubæjarklaustur mystery

During a roadtrip through Iceland we stopped at Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur is a village in South-Iceland by ring-road 1, the first village you encounter after driving through the vast glacial outwash of Mýrdalssandur. It is a lovely little village rich in history.

We stayed at the Klauster hotel and when we arrived it was still daylight. When asking the receptionist what she would recommend for a small hike she said “Systrafoss”.

Systrafoss the Sisters’ Falls is a beautiful waterfall right in the middle of the village. The Icelandic word systur refers to the nuns who lived in the convent at Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

The Sisters’ Falls is special in that there are two equal waterfalls side by side, almost falling like two white rivers down the mountain slope.

Luckily it was only 5 mins walking for us 🙂

The source of the waterfall is the lake on top of the mountain, Systravatn or Sisters’ Lake.  The waterfall is “fed” by the overflow of the lake.

There is a tale saying that 2 nuns, who frequently were bathing in this lake saw a hand sporting a beautiful gold comb reach out from the water. As they grabbed the hand, both were pulled down into the water, never to be seen again.


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