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The Hraunfossar

The Hraunfossar

Coordinates 64 ° 42 ′ 9 ″  N , 20 ° 58 ′ 52 ″  W Coordinates: 64 ° 42 ′ 9 ″  N , 20 ° 58 ′ 52 ″  W
Hraunfossar (Iceland)
place Húsafell , Reykholt , Iceland
height 12 m
width 700 m
Estuarine waters Hvítá

The Hraunfossar [ ˈr̥øyːnˌfɔsːar ] are waterfalls in the Hvítá River near the towns of Húsafell and Reykholt in western Iceland . They are located in the municipality of Borgarbyggð .


Their name is derived from the fact that they seem to arise directly from the lava (Isl. Hraun ).


The Hraunfossar are north of the Ok volcano . In the immediate vicinity of the Hraunfossar is the Barnafoss waterfall .


Over a length of approx. 700 meters, water flows foaming and bubbling from the black rock of the approx. 1,000 year old Hallmundarhraun lava field in over a hundred small waterfalls .

The bottom is a little further upstream: the river called Hvitá, fed by the Langjökull glacier, digs its riverbed along the border of the Gráhraun lava flow belonging to the Hallmundarhraun, which has come to a standstill there. A small side arm seeps into the porous lava and flows underground on a somewhat deeper, waterproof basalt layer. Approx. one kilometer downstream the water comes to light again in the form of countless small waterfalls and rivulets.

A pedestrian bridge crosses the foaming river Hvítá in the small gorge. From here you can see the Hraunfossar and the Barnafoss very well .

See also

Web links

Commons : Hraunfossar  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Hraunfossar, Iceland. Retrieved October 28, 2017 .