"Systrafoss waterfall and Systravatn lake." Kirkjubæjarklaustur Things to Do Tip by Regina1965
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There is a lovely waterfall by the town Kirkjubæjarklaustur called Systrafoss "Sisters' waterfall". It is special in that there are two equal waterfalls side by side, almost running like two white rivers down the mountain. The source of the waterfall is the lake on top of the mountain, Systravatn or "Sisters' lake".
You can only see the waterfall when the lake is overflowing. When I visited in 2008 the waterfall couldn't be seen at all. And in November 2013 the waterfall was totally frozen, but never the less beautiful in the golden/red morning sun.
There is an easy hike up the mountain Klausturfjall from the waterfall to the lake on top of the mountain, with steps taking up up to the top. It is a little more rocky though as you get close to the top. It is well worth visiting the lake as well as the view from the top is beautiful (see my photos).
The Icelandic word "Systur" refers to the nuns who lived in a convent in Kirkjubæjarklaustur. And "klaustur" is the Icelandic word for a convent. These names go way back to 1186.
Directions: The waterfall is by the main street of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, just drive to the very end of it. It cannot be missed, unless it is dried up.
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