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Hraunfossar, Husafell

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Must see · Waterfall · Nature / Park
Hraunfossar (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈr̥œinˌfɔsːar̥]; in Borgarfjörður, western Iceland) is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field which flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into Hvítá (Borgarfjörður), from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. The name comes from the Icelandic word for lava (hraun) and the word for waterfalls (fossar). The Hraunfossar are situated near Húsafell and Reykholt and the Víðgelmir lava tube is close by.

Literally a stone's throw upstream from Hraunfossar, there is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, the waterfall of the children, comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in former times. There was a natural bridge over the waterfall and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-struck mother had the bridge destroyed.

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  • Beautiful waterfall that is part of the Hraunfosser and Barnafoss waterfall area. This one is unique as the water flows through the lava. In fact, the name refers to the lava that the falls stream...  more »
  • Nice easy walk from parking to the waterfalls. Beautiful landscape with views on a very old lava field covered now with moss.  more »
  • Amazing waterfall! And it’s easy to get there.
  • Absolutely stunning.

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