The Hraunfossar waterfalls are the most unique in Iceland, the land of waterfalls. Hraunfoss is neither large nor powerful, nor is it very narrow and really high. It is unusual because thousands of falls flow out of solidified lava. Here is my guide with many photos to help you plan your visit.
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About Hraunfossar Iceland
The Hraunfossar Waterfalls (literally Lava Falls) is made of a collection of gentle cascades emerging from between the lava rocks covered with moss.
It has been protected since 1987.
It is situated at the edge of Hallmundarhraun, a giant lava field with lava tubes. The ‘waterthrough’ (rather than waterfall) flows into the Hvita river.
Hraunfossar Waterfalls - wide and gentle
This Hraunfossar Waterfalls are definitively not tall but very wide, which is great because thanks to the long path in front of it, there is plenty of space for everyone to stop and admire it.
The difficulty being that you cannot take a picture with the whole thing. So the shot above is showing you part of it. The second one taken on the way to its neighbor waterfall Barnafoss covers a bigger section of the waterfall.
The Water is flowing through the lava rocks
After trying to get as much of the Hraunfossar waterfalls is one picture and failing miserably, I had fun zooming to take pictures of the water coming out of the lava rocks. On top of that I was lucky to have the autumn colors showing up on the moss and grass above the rocks.
Hraunfossar Waterfall in Summer
The photos above were taken in autumn. If you are visiting Hraunfossar in Summer, here is what it looks like when all is green:
Hraunfossar in Winter
And for those wandering what it looks like to see Hraunfossar in Winter. Here is a shot embedded from Flickr.
Be careful the walking path my be icy! More photos of Hraunfossar in Winter on the blog living live with a view.
PLANNING TIPS - Hraunfossar Waterfalls Iceland
How to get to Hraunfossar location
- Between Reykholt and Husafell on road no. 518 (55 km North from Borgarnes)
- On maps Barnafoss might be better indicated than the Hraunfossar Waterfalls
- Can be done during a day trip from Reykjavik
- Reykjavik to Hraunfossar - approximately 1h45 drive (123 km)
- It is a great stop for people traveling from the Snaefellsnes peninsula to the Golden circle
- GPS coordinates and planning sheet available in the eBook: Experience Iceland
Hraunfossar, along with many other beautiful places, is included in my eBook: The Road Trip Guide - Iceland.
It is a practical tool to plan your trip with maps, photos, planning tips, GPS coordinates...
Visiting the Hraunfossar Waterfall Iceland
- Time: 20 min to admire it, longer if you want to explore around and walk to Barnafoss – of course, it will also take longer if you are into photography
- Hraunfossar access Difficulty: easy flat path, very close to parking lot. You get very good views all along the path
- Amenities: toilets for a fee and coffee shop during summer
Where to stay near Hraunfossar
Very close to the waterfall is the magnificent Hotel Husafell with beautiful rooms and amazing views - Check out the latest prices and availability
Extra Walk to Barnafoss Waterfall
A short walk from Hraunfoss, you will find the more powerful Barnafoss that can be observed from a bridge. It does not have the intriguing shape of volume, but the color of the water can be mesmerizing.
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