Brúarfoss is the Icelandic Waterfall Perfect For All Seasons
Martin Schulz is a 38 years German who now joins the rank of guest bloggers on Stuck in Iceland. He has been addicted to Iceland since 2007. Martin has visited Iceland eight times and explored it from the shore up to the highland interior. Martin works as an audiologist and maintains the IT infrastructure of a medium-sized enterprise.
Martin is an accomplished photographer and focuses on work with filters (grey and graduated grey filters) and long exposure techniques. Martin has done voluntary work with hearing impaired children in Africa (Namibia) and likes beer, Whisky, rock and heavy metal music.
Iceland is a country of monumental nature. Everybody visiting Iceland can discover the biggest natural wonders like the Geysir, Gullfoss or the glacial areas very easy by car right next to the road. So did I. But from my second visit on, my eyes didn’t stop at the major attractions, instead I started to search for all the smaller and especially the less known spots.
Before I came to Iceland for the third time I saw a quite nice picture of a little waterfall called Brúarfoss (Bridge Waterfall). It derives its name from a natural stone arch over the river near the waterfall in earlier times. I was fascinated by the thousands of small waterfalls running into a deep blue gap and my photographer’s heart started beating faster. I started searching on several maps and after a while I was able to print out a plan of the area where this little hidden gem called Brúarfoss should be found. Back in Iceland in late October on a very rainy day I started together with my wife early in the morning from Reykjavik and took road 1 up to Mosfellsbær and further on into the Laugarvatn area where the Brúarfoss is situated in a large summer house area.
Although I had seen a lot summer house areas I couldn’t remember such a huge one. After driving half an hour through the area we got totally stuck in one of the numerous roads. But we were lucky enough to find a really nice man (the only person we met on our whole trip on that day), smoking in front of his summer house, who told us that our aim was just five minutes away from the place we got stuck.
Full of enthusiasm my wife and I dressed up into our raincoats and started the short walk. After a few minutes on a quite good walking path we crossed a small bridge and found another small path leading through little trees and bushes right to the Brúarfoss. Normally all of this would have been a really easy thing, but after it had been raining for the whole last week the complete area was flooded including the path which we wanted to take. Just a five minutes’ walk away from our aim we got stuck again. Just thinking for a minute we came to the decision that I would try my luck while my wife would wait for me.
Right after the first step I felt the cold water running into my shoes. Although the path was slippery and the water was about 15 to 20 cm deep it didn’t take me longer than 10 Minutes to reach the waterfall. What I saw was really terrific. The whole river Brúará turned into the waterfall. Thousands of small runlets were running down a step of about 2.5 meters. In the middle of the river was a deep cut where the water bubbled along with a fast drift. Exactly inside this cut the water was coloured in fantastic blue. It was really awesome to watch the water flow while I was standing on a wooden bridge right above the water and I couldn’t get enough of all those impressions. Since the rain became slowly heavier I took my umbrella over my camera and did my first shots of this absolutely awesome waterfall. Back at the car we were really happy to feel the warmth of the seat heating.
The way out of the summer house area was quite easy as we knew this time how to drive the shortest way. Since that time we returned several times to the Brúarfoss, in summer, in autumn and in winter. Every time we were fascinated again by the beauty of this little waterfall. As I do a lot of photo works I took several pictures all through the years. I hope they can bring you a little bit of that feeling we had while watching this hidden gem.
How to get there:
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.