Reykholt / Husafell, West Region (Vesturland), Iceland

About Hraunfossar

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-06-23
Date last visited: 2007-06-23

Waterfall Latitude: 64.70283
Waterfall Longitude: -20.97686

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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.

Hraunfossar_033_06232007 - Hraunfossar

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, especially since it contrasted with the black lava.

All the photos you see on this page were taken from a well-defined walking path connecting a large viewing platform area.

Hraunfossar_053_06232007 - Looking further down the length of Hraunfossar alongside the powder blue river
Looking further down the length of Hraunfossar alongside the powder blue river

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, which you can read more about on its own write-up.


Hraunfossar resides in the West Region near Akranes, Iceland. It is administered by the municipality of Borgarbyggð. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.

Hraunfossar_001_06232007 - Approaching the overlook for Hraunfossar
Hraunfossar_005_06232007 - Looking downstream at what appeared to be the main part of the Hraunfossar springs
Hraunfossar_022_06232007 - Closer look at the main part of Hraunfossar angled towards the west in long exposure
Hraunfossar_035_06232007 - More zoomed in direct look at the main part of Hraunfossar
Hraunfossar_019_jx_06232007 - Some wildflowers blooming before the Hraunfossar waterfall
Hraunfossar_023_jx_06232007 - Looking at a different part of Hraunfossar showing how the water percolates through the lava before spilling over the ledges and into the river
Hraunfossar_024_jx_06232007 - Another look at a different part of Hraunfossar directly
Hraunfossar_040_06232007 - More contextual view of Hraunfossar
Hraunfossar_048_06232007 - Looking more upstream at the main part of Hraunfossar
Hraunfossar_051_06232007 - Focused on the main part of Hraunfossar in long exposure
Hraunfossar_059_06232007 - Julie checking out Hraunfossar

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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