Bruarfoss (Laugarvatn)

(Brúarfoss in Brúará)

Brúarfoss is also called the blue waterfall and means “bridge over waterfall”. The river Brúará flows down over 2-3 meter and ends in a U shape slot. The waterfall is very photogenic because of this shape and the blue color of the water. I have seen really

The waterfall is about 14,5 km from Laugarvatn, You can drive to Brekkuskógur and walk from there ca. 30 min.

Take road 1 up to Mosfellsbær. Turn into road 36 to Þingvellir. From there take road 365 to Laugarvatn and in addition take road 37 in the direction to the Geysir. About 2-3 kilometres after you crossed road 355 you will reach a large summer house area on the left side. Take the first road into this area and drive straight ahead. Just follow this way since you reach a bigger path with two tracks. Turn left since you reach the end of this road. There you can park your car and follow the little foot path right over the first bridge and further till you reach the waterfall.

If you have trouble finding Brúarfoss, David Britnell made a youtube video with instructions here!

Brúarfoss derives its name from a natural stone arch over the river near the waterfall in earlier times. The story goes that an employee of the diocese Skálholt destroyed the bridge in 1602 when there was great famine in Iceland. He wanted to keep away the hungry passants who came to Skálholt for food. Some time later, the man drowned himself in the river.

One thought on “Bruarfoss (Laugarvatn)

  • 14 December 2016 at 20:12

    I came across this while in Iceland and trying to find Bruarfoss. Helped some but was still tricky. I filmed some directions on how I was able to find it and you can find them in this vlog


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About Bruarfoss (Laugarvatn)

RegionSuðurland, Árnessýsla
LocationLaugarvatn - Úthlíð
Height2m +3m