Of all the incredible sights we saw in the rugged land of Iceland, Brúarfoss was perhaps what blew me away the most–I mean it utterly exhausted my mind with wonder. While I still claim Glufrafoss to be my favorite of all the waterfalls we saw, Brúarfoss is at a definite close second.
WHERE IS BRÚARFOSS LOCATED?
There is actually no good reason that Brúarfoss is so little known about. It’s true, however, that it is actually somewhat off the beaten path, but believe it or not, it’s located right off of the Golden Circle, making it an easy stop for you to add to your itinerary at any time during the year!
TIPS FOR FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
- Use Google Maps if you can; simply type in Brúarfoss Waterfall, and the correct result should appear.
- To help you with planning, it’s good to know that it is located approximately 15 minutes before the famous Strokkur Geysir.
- I’m not going to lie–the little bit of road that you must travel once you detour off of the Golden Circle is/was not very well kept, as it had lots of pot holes and whatnot. We managed though quite well (we did not have a 4-wheel drive).
- There is NO SIGN. You will simply see a makeshift parking area (large enough for maybe 4 cars) on your left. Besides that, you’ll see a simple dirt path–in our case, dirty-trodden snow.
(^taken on our way in)
(^taken on our way out–as the sun was setting)
TIPS FOR GETTING THERE
- As long as you follow the muddy path, you should in theory find the falls in approximately 10 minutes-ish.
- Not long after you start along the path, you’ll have to cross over an old barbed-wire fence. It’s fairly low hanging.
- You will then come across a short “access” bridge with a beautiful stream flowing beneath it.
- You’ll have to continue along the muddy path a little bit further.
AND WHAT’S IT LIKE ONCE THERE?
When we arrived, we were the only ones there. When we left, we were the only ones there. At no other waterfall did this happen. I will now let the photos speak for themselves. (Note that the sun was setting as we were there) 🙂
It’s obscure places like Brúarfoss that really make you wonder how many more places are out there that you have no idea exist–that perhaps no one at all knows exist. And as a traveler, you want to find all of these places, and you want to share them with others–yet you want them to remain secluded and untouched. A mighty fine quandary, I suppose.