• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    0.6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    50 Feet


One of Iceland's most unique and photogenic falls, far from the typical Golden Circle crowds.

Brúarfoss is a small waterfall, especially compared to the many thundering giants cascading off Iceland's cliffs. What this waterfall lacks in size though, it more than makes up for in beauty. Glacial blue waters cascade over volcanic black rocks and converge along a long crack through the center of the river.

If the description and pictures already have you pumped to visit this incredible place, then you'll be able to use that energy to overcome some of the challenges in getting to it. Road maps and satellite images of the area don't match up so it will require some old-fashioned navigation. Use the map spot provided to lead you to the general area with the understanding that you might take a wrong turn and have to backtrack. The main road in is public access as of this writing but other possible roads in are gated. There is no official parking for the falls as it sits near a large grouping of summer homes, but there are a few gravel parking spots near the marked map location that serve as public parking. Please respect the residents and don't block the road or driveways.

Once parked you'll want to head north and slightly west on one of the social trails until you get to a bridge that crosses a medium sized stream. The trail might require crossing an old disused fence depending where you parked. Once across the stream follow the main trail as it heads North before making a left and descent to the bridge overlooking Brúarfoss. The bridge provides the best vantage point to photograph the falls from, but the adventurous can make their way onto the falls as well. You'll want traction like Microspikes to safely walk on the river; avoid getting too close to the main crack as a slip would likely result in major injury or death. Waterproof boots and gaiters are also recommended for the trail in as it tends to be very swampy in warmer months and a pond in the colder months.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide-angle Lens
  • ND Filter
  • Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Warm Layers
  • Waterproof Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes
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My fiance and I originally found this on google, months prior to our trip. We planned our day driving the golden circle almost with the sole intent of finding this waterfall. It was an adventure unto itself, trying to find the trail. I only recall seeing one sign pointing to the general direction of the fall, and that was about it. I can confidently say that this waterfall did not disappoint! It was one of the rare opportunities where we could just let the camera click, and soak in the beauty of this country: no lines, no buses, no giftshops. I've heard that local farmers are becoming increasingly frustrated with disrespectful tourists tearing up the landscape, so do take the time to check it out... before they fence it off!

2 months ago
2 months ago


A friend had recommended we stop at Brúarfoss on a recent trip to Iceland. It turned out to be my favorite waterfall of the trip. Brúarfoss is a bit tricky to find in my opinion, but it's worth the effort. Once you find the tiny parking spot near the falls then it's just a short walk on a worn trail down to them. Once there, we had this magical place all to ourselves. We took our time and took photos and just enjoyed the beauty of this place. So many of the other main waterfalls are overrun with tourists (especially in July), but this one is different. I'd recommend a visit to Brúarfoss to experience this hidden gem for yourself, chances are you'll have it to yourself to enjoy.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Jason Hatfield Explorer

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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