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  • The parking area for Brúarfoss is down the Brúará River, at the trailhead of a 3.5-kilometer hike to the falls.- Brúarfoss
  • The first portion of the hike is on a wide gravel path that parallels the Brúará River's course.- Brúarfoss
  • Somewhat poorly signed, some shortcuts exist along the hike.- Brúarfoss
  • The Brúará River with scenic mountains in the background.- Brúarfoss
  • The trail contains a couple sections that pass through uneven trail lined by foliage.- Brúarfoss
  • For a portion, the trail follows a private road in a vacation housing development. Access to Brúarfoss has been a point of contention with homeowners in the past due to disrespectful trail users.- Brúarfoss
  • The landscape becomes more wild the nearer to the falls you get.- Brúarfoss
  • Brúarfoss and its emerald waters.- Brúarfoss
  • Brúarfoss gets its name from the word 'brú,' which means bridge, owing to its distant past when a natural stone bridge crossed the river.- Brúarfoss
  • The falls are only about 3 meters tall. However, Brúarfoss is one of Iceland's most scenic falls.- Brúarfoss
  • Brúarfoss.- Brúarfoss
  • A pedestrian bridge offers tranquil views over the scenic waterfalls.- Brúarfoss
Overview + Weather
Beautiful falls. Low crowds.
Trail subject to seasonal conditions.
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
375.00 ft (114.30 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
125.00 ft (38.10 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Fall, Summer, Spring
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Total elevation gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Brúarfoss is referred to as one of Iceland's most beautiful hidden falls. With no direct road access, reaching the falls requires a 7-kilometer (4.4 mi) round-trip hike. With water running over wide horseshoe-shaped falls into a dreamy emerald-blue stream below, at about 3 meters tall Brúarfoss is far from being one of Iceland's taller falls. However, it is unquestionably a scenic waterfall to take in. Currently, after a history in which local vacation homeowners have closed previous trails to the falls that pass through private land due to disrespectful trail users, reaching the falls requires a hike that mixes a gravel and dirt path.

The trail begins at an official parking area, a gravel lot beside the Brúará River on the road between Laugarvatn Fontana and the Geysir area. From here, the path parallels the river, though not always within view of it, as it heads through a landscape where mountains rise above the surrounding foliage. At a meeting with the private road, the path follows the road before eventually branching off, where it continues heading upriver before reaching the falls.

With no trash cans, bathrooms, or water anywhere along the trail, littering and human waste have been a major issue with landowners, who have closed the trail on occasion. Signage is not always available to indicate the proper path. Hikers should be aware of these and plan ahead, and it may be worth looking into the current trail status before heading out for this hike.

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