"Systrafoss waterfall and Systravatn lake." KirkjubŠjarklaustur Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

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  Systrafoss waterfall.
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  • Systrafoss waterfall. - Iceland
      Systrafoss waterfall.
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  • Systrafoss waterfall In winter time. - Iceland
      Systrafoss waterfall In winter time.
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  • The view from above the waterfall. - Iceland
      The view from above the waterfall.
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  • Systravatn lake on top of a mountain. - Iceland
      Systravatn lake on top of a mountain.
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  • Systravatn lake on top of a mountain. - Iceland
      Systravatn lake on top of a mountain.
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There is a lovely waterfall by the town KirkjubŠjarklaustur 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 KirkjubŠjarklaustur. 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 KirkjubŠjarklaustur, just drive to the very end of it. It cannot be missed, unless it is dried up.

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  • Updated Nov 27, 2013
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Iceland looks like my type of place as i am a nature lover, but the problem is , i love warm weather!!!!

  • jojes's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I love the "frozen" picture. When we visited there wasn't much water coming down.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Nov 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      It sometimes kind of dries up, as it were, after a draught one summer there was no water coming down.

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