Brúarfoss: the bluest water I’ve ever seen

We saw quite a few waterfalls in Iceland, and I’ve seen many, many waterfalls elsewhere, but I truly think this is my favorite one.

Here’s what I love about it:

It’s out of the way, but on the way to so many things

Brúarfoss is on the golden circle, but many people miss it while they’re touring the area. Tour buses can’t really go there, since the only access is through a private residential street with no public parking. It does also require a 5 – 10 minute walk through some mud, which might turn some people away. But I think what stops most people from coming is that it’s not clearly marked, so if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be a little tricky to find.

If you find it, though, it’s really not far from many other “golden circle” attractions.

The water is bright blue!

That picture isn’t enhanced. I promise! That’s what color the water really is. Bright blue. It’s clear, pure, and unpolluted. And even though we didn’t touch it, I’m sure it was as icy as it looked.

You can walk right over it

Brúarfoss translates to “bridge falls,” and I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the pedestrian bridge that crosses them, but the bridge is the perfect place to view the falls. There are some unofficial trails that you can follow to get down to the water, but the best views are from the bridge. There’s nothing blocking the horizon, so you can see all the way to the mountains.

View from the bridge

Basically, if you’re traveling to Iceland don’t go to this place because I want it to stay as secluded and quiet as it is.

Okay, I’m partly joking. Here are the coordinates of the start of the trail. Of course, be respectful of the residents of the neighborhood and their property, and be respectful of the land.  Enjoy the falls! They are gorgeous.

Selfie at the falls… with a cozy wool hat!

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