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Hraunfossar - Lava Falls - Iceland

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posted by Fred Schalk alias fredschalk on Saturday 3rd of August 2013 09:33:53 PM

The waterfalls Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children´s Falls) are beautiful and unusual natural phenomena. A large number of travellers make a specific point of visiting these natural treasures. The Hraunfossar (or Lava Falls) are clear, cold springs that well up through the lava and run in falls and rapids into the Hvítá River. Barnafoss has been evolving through recorded history, as the river has dug itself down through the lava and runs in a deep and narrow ravine. There used to be a stone arch spanning the river, forming a link between the districts of Hálsasveit and Hvítársíða. The following story relates the reason for the name "Barnafoss" (Children's Falls): "Once there lived a widow on the farm Hraunás. She was well off and among her possessions was the farm Norðurreykir in Hálsasveit. She had two children. They were quite young when this story took place. There came a time when evening services were to be held at Christmas at Gilsbakki. The Mistress of Hraunsás and all her folk, except the children, attended the service. The children were told to stay at home and play. The moon was shining and the weather was fine. When the people came home the children had disappeared. Their footsteps led to the stone arch over the river. Their mother had the arch destroyed, saying that no man would ever be allowed to cross the falls alive. She later donated to the Church at Reykholt the farm Norðurreykir, in memory of her children." (Kristleifur Þorsteinsson II (1972) Hvítá.276) Cited from: 404

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