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Hraunfossar, Husafell

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Hraunfossar (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈr̥œinˌfɔsːar̥]; in Borgarfjörður, western Iceland) is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field which flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into Hvítá (Borgarfjörður), from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. The name comes from the Icelandic word for lava (hraun) and the word for waterfalls (fossar). The Hraunfossar are situated near Húsafell and Reykholt and the Víðgelmir lava tube is close by.

Literally a stone's throw upstream from Hraunfossar, there is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, the waterfall of the children, comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in former times. There was a natural bridge over the waterfall and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-struck mother had the bridge destroyed.
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  • Beautiful pair of waterfalls 15 minutes from where we were staying. Good car park with a cafe, excellent viewing platforms. The waterfall was full so some excellent shots. 
    Beautiful pair of waterfalls 15 minutes from where we were staying. Good car park with a cafe, excellent viewing platforms. The waterfall was full so some excellent shots.  more »
  • This was an unusual waterfall as the water came through the porous rocks, the water was full of minerals so was a beautiful light milky blue colour. There is a lovely short walk to the other... 
    This was an unusual waterfall as the water came through the porous rocks, the water was full of minerals so was a beautiful light milky blue colour. There is a lovely short walk to the other...  more »
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  • The whole area is amazing, both the cascading waters from underneath the lava field and the turbulent waters of Barnafoss by the bridge across the river.
  • Great experience... Waterfalls... Nice river walk

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