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Hraunfossar waterfalls

Updated: Dec 7, 2022

Hraunfossar waterfall
Hraunfossar waterfall in Borgarfjörður

In Iceland, it is hard to bring the words tranquility and waterfall into one sentence. Still, amongst the hundreds of waterfalls scattered all over the country, there is one, Hraunfossar (Lava Falls), which may best be described as tranquil. By Route Nr. 518 on your way to Húsafell, the beautiful falls cascade gently from under the moss-covered lava. The turquoise water tumbles down a series of rock steps into the Hvítá River.

Vesturland region on the map of Iceland
Vesturland region on the map of Iceland

An unusual sight and unique waterfall

Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls
Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls

Hraunfossar Falls is a rare phenomenon, even in the vast flora of natural wonders in Iceland. Located at the edge of the Hallmundarhraun Lava Field, the clear, cold springs of subterranean water seep through the lava and run as tiny waterfalls and rapids into the Hvítá River. It is a magnificent sight and a joy to watch all year round as the falls and the surrounding takes on different shape in different seasons.

Hraunfossar is naturally a popular tourist attraction

Hraunfossar waterfalls - spring water
Hraunfossar waterfalls - spring water

The Falls are certainly among the most photographed natural wonders in Iceland. An easy trail along the river provides excellent viewpoints of the enchanting falls. It is quite usual for people to stay by the falls throughout the day to capture the lights and shadows playing their magic. Casting different hues over the riverbed, enhancing rainbows near the water, where the sparkling lava and the rich flora are always taking on new shapes, displaying a new photo moment at every turn. Hraunfossar is a place of ethereal beauty where time stands still.


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