Hraunfossar Waterfalls (What To See - West)

Hraunfossar Waterfalls (What To See - West)
Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) is series of unusual waterfalls that run from beneath the lava field over a one kilometer stretch alongside the banks of the Hvíta River in Borgarfjörđur in west Iceland. The lava field, which is called Hallmundarhraun formed in an eruption under the Icecap of Langjökull glacier a long time ago. The water pores down the vegetated lava field in a scenic way not to be missed. The falls are especially beautiful in the autumn when the vegetation displays all it´s amazing colors as well as during summer time when in bloom. There is a boardwalk from the parking lot to a viewing platform, from where there is a great view over the falls and the Hvítá river. Close to Hraunfossar is the waterfall Barnafossar in the river Hvítá which is a lot different from Hraunfossar waterfalls as it plunges down a narrow channel. At Barnafossar it is said that once there were two young boys attempting to cross a natural stone arch over the river by the waterfall. The boys both fell into the river and drowned. From this tragic event, the name of the waterfall came to be Barnafossar which translates to Children’s falls. Later, their mother had the stone arch destroyed to prevent similar tragedies. There is a restaurant and café at Hraunfossar. A short distance from Hraunfossar is Húsafell forest with many cottages, an open air public swimming pool as well as a campsite and there is alson a fine hotel at Húsafell. Close to Hraunfossar you will find many other interesting sites like Deildartunguhver Hot spring, the largest hot spring in the world, Krauma Geothermal Bath Resort, Víđgelmir cave, The historic site of Reykholt, - all worth visiting when in the area.

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