Explore Hraunfossar (Lava Falls)

1 miles 20 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Jeremy Meek

Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) is quite the unique waterfall, pouring out from a subterranean river into the Hvita River. Enjoy the cascades of water dancing out from the face of an enormous lava field!

A lesser known Icelandic waterfall, Hraunfossar is nonetheless beautiful and quite unique! Flowing out from beneath a gigantic lava flow, there is a magical quality to enjoying the subtlety of a waterfall resulting without a river above-ground feeding it. Hraunfossar could be viewed as a gigantic spring as much as it is a waterfall!

This is an easy stop as you are going to/from the lava tubes in the vicinity (Vidgelmir - paid/guided OR Surtshellir - free/self-guided...be careful!!). During the summer, there is even a small coffee shop at the parking area that you can stop for refreshments! 

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Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible


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ūü•ą Contributor

6 months ago


One of the most magic waterfalls in Iceland with an excellent view and easy access! Next to Hraunfossar is beautiful Barnafoss! Super easy walk around with magic atmosphere! You can totally feel the nature and forget about everything!

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