"Barnafoss - Children's waterfall in Borgarfjörđur." M˙ras˙sla Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

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  Barnafoss waterfall.
by Regina1965
  • Barnafoss waterfall. - Mÿrasÿsla
      Barnafoss waterfall.
    by Regina1965
  • Barnafoss waterfall. - Mÿrasÿsla
      Barnafoss waterfall.
    by Regina1965
  • Barnafoss waterfall. - Mÿrasÿsla
      Barnafoss waterfall.
    by Regina1965
  • Barnafoss waterfall as seen across the bridge. - Mÿrasÿsla
      Barnafoss waterfall as seen across the bridge.
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  • The pedestrian bridge. - Mÿrasÿsla
      The pedestrian bridge.
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Barnafoss "Children's waterfall" is next to Hraunfossar in Borgarfjörđur. These 2 waterfalls are practically next to one another, but very different. You can walk across the glacial river Hvítá on a pedestrial bridge called Barnafossbrú, which was first erected in 1891, to see the waterfall from a different angle. The river has dug itself down through the lava and runs in a deep and narrow ravine and you can watch the great force of the river as it forces itself through a small stone arch in the river (see my photos).

There was a stone arch which used to bridge the river, and a tragic ocurrence explains the disappearance of the stone arch: "There lived a wealthy widow at Hraunsás, she had two children. On Christmas day the widow went with the household at Hraunsás to attend mass, with the exception of the children who were to stay at home alone. When the people returned the children had vanished, but their tracks led to the river. It was obvious that the children had fallen off the stone arch and drowned. Their mother had the arch destroyed to prevent the recurrence of such a tragedy with the words that no man would ever be allowed to cross the river alive". From that time this waterfall, which had been called Bjarnafoss, was renamed Barnafoss - "barn" being the Icelandic word for a child.

Address: Borgarfjörđur, W-Iceland.
Directions: Take ring-road 1 from Reykjavík and turn right on road 50 just before you reach the bridge leading to Borgarfjörđur. Turn right on 518 which leads you to Reykholt, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.

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  • Updated Jul 11, 2015
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Comments (2)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    That was a really sad story about the children Regina :( But truly these 2 waterfalls next to each other were awesome :)

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jul 11, 2015 at 9:49 AM

      Yes, they are beautiful, Norman. It must have been even a more awesome sight when the stone arch was above Barnafoss :)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    You have so many lovely waterfalls over there!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Apr 3, 2015 at 2:28 AM

      There are so many and I haven´t even seen half of them I think!


“Bon Voyage :)”

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