Although not as spectacular as many of the big name waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss rank amongst my favourite Icelandic waterfalls. In fact, together they might even be my favourite.
Hraunfossar is situated in a lava field area (the name means “lava falls”) and as you can see, pretty much comes out of a lava flow.
I think I like it because there are so many little waterfalls, and the whole thing is wide rather than tall. You can just imagine fairies or elves living there.
Close by is its similar partner Barnafoss, meaning children’s waterfall. This name is because legend has it that two little boys drowned here.
Hraunfossar and Barnafoss are about a 90 minute drive north of Reykjavík. Check them out if you’re going that way!