100 Places | Iceland | Travel

№ 13 – Hraunfossar, Iceland

May 5, 2014

Hraun­fos­sar is a series of water­falls in West Ice­land where the water comes from springs in a lava field. I was unable to cap­ture the whole thing due to the lack of a wide-angle lens. It’s a lot of water­falls in one and real­ly wide! We kind of stum­bled upon it on the third to last day of our trip in Ice­land. It was a nice pick-me-up since I was a bit bummed about the trip being almost over, even if we were already water­falls-d out by then. Ice­land just has sooo many water­falls! There’s anoth­er water­fall near­by called Bar­nafoss but it’s prob­a­bly my least favourite of all.

Hraun­fos­sar pours into the river Hvítá. The river has a light sea-green colour because it’s glac­i­er-fed. “Hvítá” itself means “white river” in Ice­landic. The area around the falls is quite pret­ty. It’s close to a spot where Ice­landic (Reyk­javik?) peo­ple go for a vaca­tion in the sum­mer. We passed one area with a large num­ber of cottages/summer homes, a few were quite fan­cy. I think that’s their cot­tage coun­try.

Of all the water­falls in Ice­land, Hraun­fos­sar is def­i­nite­ly one of my favourites.

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