Little gems – Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

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!


14 thoughts on “Little gems – Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

  1. Definitely worth checking out. I went in August and the vibrant green of the plants set against the black lava rock is simply beautiful ! And Hraunfossar is interesting to say the least when you see the water emerge from between the layers of rock. Barnafoss is typical of how every landmark in Iceland comes with a story, reflecting the country’s rich treasure trove of tales.

    • Yay – I’m glad you’re a fellow admirer of these. I’m looking forward to seeing them again later this year. There must be so many interesting stories around Iceland that you just never get to hear unless you know someone local.

  2. I love the [centre-right] marbling effect the waterfall gives. Reminds me of marbled worktops in kitchens and then makes me think how so much of what we have, design wise, is adapted from Mother Nature herself. The pictures really beautiful 🙂

  3. Yes. Hraunfossar are absolutely worth a visit. I’ve seen pictures of that waterfall before our trip to Iceland. And it was clear we have to visit them. Absolutely impressive and beautiful.

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