At one time I reported that the Bruarfoss Falls in Iceland has been closed down to all tourist. What I had read via the internet is the over abundance of tourist and their actions have caused the shut down at Bruarfoss waterfall. The actions included parking where not allowed- in nearby home owners parking areas, leaving garbage of all kinds throughout the path to the falls, and entering private homeowners land. This is a perfect example on how as tourist we can ruin things for all of us. The disrespect to people’s property and to this amazing peaceful nature created element is disgraceful. However, I have kept checking back to see if there had been a change in the status of the Iceland waterfall. I have read reviews that people are still able to hike to the falls. So I have updated this short blog post and I hope you are able to experience Iceland Hidden Gems: Bruarfoss Waterfall Golden Circle Iceland.
If it was just a temporary closing down , maybe this will be a wake up call for all of us to be more conscious and respectful to nature and other people and their property.
For now please read on and watch the video I created of this beautiful waterfall. Hopefully one day the property owners will reconsider opening the waterfalls once again, please enjoy this area by
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Directions to Bruarfoss Waterfalls
The Bruarfoss Waterfall located in the famous Golden Circle of Iceland we had heard had colorful turquoise blue water. So of course we had to explore! We had a beautiful day to explore the Golden Circle and we tried to take full advantage of every moment.
*Important tip- wintertime in Iceland will require you to not only be dressed properly but also to be in shape! Hiking in snow I have discovered is the best exercise out there.
Just a few minutes from the Gullfoss Falls and Geysir you can drive up a secluded road until you come to cottages. We parked here, on the side of the road, there were only three cars that we could see also parked. I am not sure where all visitors park when the cottages are occupied in the summer! So it looks like winter is a great time to visit these waterfalls.
The Hike To The Waterfall
You soon discover once you exit your vehicle that you have a decent walk to hike. The snow was about a foot high in places, ice underneath so you need those snow/ice grippers on. We watched a few people ahead of us having fun while they fell and made snowballs to throw. Soon they too were just focused on the path. Climbing over a barbed wire fence with layers on and snow pants is a new experience also. I have no idea how we did not mange to rip our pants!
Reaching a small bridge is your half way mark. So here is a good spot to take a breather. Remember, I am referring to the wintertime, no snow on the ground and it is a nice walk.
We Reached The Turquoise Water of Bruarfoss Falls
Up a small hill and we soon have the larger bridge where the magificient waterfalls are located in our view! The water you can see is a gorgeous turquoise blue! We took a lot of photographs but we also took our time and enjoyed this spectacular paradise made by nature. It was so peaceful, just listening to the Icelandic water head down it’s path and the sound of snow and ice cracking along the water’s edge.