The Barnarfossar Fall

Posted on December 28, 2009 by

Barnarfossar is also called “The Children Fall” (Barnar stands for Child in Icelandic). It stands over the Hraunfossar and it is made by the Hvitá river, that here becomes stronger and impetuous, because its water has to pass through high rocky walls.
The fall is composed by a double jump, and it’s named after an old story: the legend indeed tells that

in the past the fall was surmounted by a rock arch, on which children used to play. A sad day, the natural bridge fell and two children that were playing on it fell into the water beneath and disappeared. Since then, the cascade is called Barnarfossar.

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