Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) is quite the unique waterfall, pouring out from a subterranean river into the Hvita River. Enjoy the cascades of water dancing out from the face of an enormous lava field!

A lesser known Icelandic waterfall, Hraunfossar is nonetheless beautiful and quite unique! Flowing out from beneath a gigantic lava flow, there is a magical quality to enjoying the subtlety of a waterfall resulting without a river above-ground feeding it. Hraunfossar could be viewed as a gigantic spring as much as it is a waterfall!

This is an easy stop as you are going to/from the lava tubes in the vicinity (Vidgelmir - paid/guided OR Surtshellir - free/ careful!!). During the summer, there is even a small coffee shop at the parking area that you can stop for refreshments! 

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Money for a snack at the coffee shop (summer only)
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RT Distance 1 Miles
Elevation Gain 20 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible

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