Húsafell / Reykholt, West Region, Iceland

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1
Hraunfossar (meaning "lava falls") was an intriguing series of springs coming out of the Hallmundarhraun lava flow appearing like a long 900m strand of cascades laced within the rough grooves of the lava. The strand was so long that we had a very difficult time trying to photograph the falls in its entirety given the waterfall's enormous length. It was practically an impossible act without stitching together photos. Also, augmenting the scene was the powder blue stream that the falls had fed, which seemed ubiquitous throughout Iceland thanks to its many glaciers. In any case, the color of the water really added plenty of color to the overall landscape.

All the photos you see on this page were taken from a well-defined walking path connecting a large viewing platform area. On the morning that we visited the falls in late June 2007, we had the waterfall to ourselves (being the early birds that we were) for most of the time we spent here.

On the same visit to this waterfall, we also visited the Barnafoss waterfall, which was a few paces further along the walkway along the Hvita River in the upstream direction. That waterfall was interesting to check out. More content about that falls can be found on its own page.

Directions: From Reykjavik, we drove north on the Ring Road for about 63km passing beneath the Hvalfjörður but turning right onto the Route 50 (not crossing the Borgarfjörður towards Borgarnes). Then, we followed the Route 50 for another 30km or so before we turned right again to leave the route 50 and get onto the Route 518.

We followed the Route 518 for the last 23km passing through Reykholt and eventually arriving at the car park for Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. It took us about 90 minutes to make this drive from Reykjavik.

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Angled look at the main part of Hraunfossar
Looking back across the main part of Hraunfossar with the bright blue Hvita River passing before it
Looking much further downstream on the Hvita showing the Hraunfossar continues to percolate and add to the river for as far as the eye can see
Approaching the overlook for HraunfossarApproaching the overlook for the falls (after walking to Barnafoss)

Closer look at the main part of Hraunfossar angled towards the westCloser look at the main part of the falls angled towards the west

More zoomed in look at the main part of Hraunfossar seen directlyMore zoomed in look at the main part of the falls seen directly

Looking at a different part of Hraunfossar directlyLooking at a different part of the falls directly

More contextual view of HraunfossarMore contextual view of the falls

Julie checking out HraunfossarJulie checking out the falls

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Sweep of the wide waterfall

Fixated on the main part of the falls

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For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.

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