Hraunfossar, Borgarbyggd

Hraunfossar, mynd: Jóhannes Birgir Jensson

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Hraunfossar was protected as a natural monument in 1987. Hraunfossar is a group of stunning spring-fed waterfalls that cascade from below Hallmundarhraun down to Hvítá. Barnafoss is located just above Hraunfossar in majestic surroundings. The waterfall is known for the bridges and rock arches which the river has imprinted on the rock.

The size of the nature reserve is 36,1 ha.


Hraunfossar and Barnafoss are in the rural areas of Borgarfjörður in Hálsasveit. The drive from Borgarnes to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss is approx. 45 minutes. Hraunfossar and Barnafoss are among the most popular tourist destinations in West Iceland.

There are good hiking trails in the area that are well marked, and viewpoints are clearly defined. There is good wheelchair access in parts of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss area. Toilet facilities are available, as is an information sign on the main sites of interest in the area. The area is accessible all year round and has year-round land protection. The Environment Agency of Iceland is responsible for the management of the area.

Rules of Conduct

  • Construction and disturbance of ground and other alterations to the area are subject to permission from [the Environment Agency].
  • General access to the area is permitted, provided good conduct is observed.
  • Driving off-road and outside marked trails is prohibited.
  • Cutting vegetation, disturbing wildlife or disrupting geological formations is prohibited.

General access to the area is permitted. Observe good conduct and be respectful of nature and other visitors.