Where is Bruarfoss Waterfall?
Bruarfoss is one of the waterfalls still unknown by tourists (and even locals!) although it is situated in one of the most visited regions of Iceland: the Golden Circle!
But since it is pretty hard to find nobody goes there yet! But trust it totally worth the chase!
Bruarfoss is about a 1-hour drive from Reykjavik.
You don’t need a 4×4 car to go there, a normal car is fine but some part at the end of the road are full of gravels and holes so drive slowly!
Bruarfoss can be your stop on your way to go visit Geysir, Gullfoss, and Thingvellir. I’m not a super fan of the Golden Circle in summer though because it is crowded with tourists and bus tours! At least, nobody knows Bruarfoss so you will be able to enjoy it peacefully!
I actually discovered this waterfall by accident (I sell in the shop I work a postcard of it and I got intrigued!) at and decided to check it out! Now I recommend it to all my customers!
I must admit I struggled a bit to find so I thought it would nice to explain how to get there because Google Maps is not really reliable to find it ! 🙂
Driving to Bruarfoss Waterfall
From Reykjavik, drive on route number 1 towards the north (towards Akureyri for instance) and then when you pass Mosfellsbaer, you’ll arrive at a roundabout.
Go on route 36 that goes to Pingvellir. Then take route number 36 which becomes 365 and then 37 after Laugarvatn.
Just after a sign that indicates route 355 on your right, you will spot a small sign on the left indicating “Brekkuskogur”. You will also spot some chalets there.
The road has a lot of gravel here so drive slowly 😉
Then you will pass a sign saying “Bi ALDAN”. Continue on your left! You will spot a red gate here, the kind that stops sheep from going through.
Park near there.
Tips : If you follow google maps with Bruarfoss entered as a location you will get lost as houses have been built on the way ! ( and there’s no road Google Maps!!) Instead enter : “Bruarfoss Waterfall Access Bridge” and try to get as close as you can with your car and then by foot!
Finding the trail to Bruarfoss !
From there try to head North in the direction of the access bridge.
The trail was really muddy when we went, I almost fell on several occasions ^^ So be careful if you go after a rainy day !
There’s a tiny trail that goes through the fields! And this is what the view looks like :
After 5 minutes, you will arrive at a barbwire gate go through it and you’ll end up at a little access bridge!
Then, go through hike so more, you will end walking through some more fields until you see an arrow sign with nothing written on it !!! (I wish I had taken pictures of it!) and head right from there!
Continue some more along the path and after 10 minutes walking, you will end up at the big bridge in front of the waterfall:
Don’t be discouraged by the lack of indications or the fact that the path is so small!
Sometimes I had the impression of being totally lost but we weren’t!
It totally worth the trouble I mean look at this: