Hraunfossar means lava falls and that’s exactly what you’ll find when you visit.  Turquoise water cascades from many different points below a lava field giving rise to a beautiful water feature on a spectacular scale..

Huraunfossar, Iceland by Adrian Theze70mm f/22 3 sec. ISO 100

SpacerHraunfossar Iceland by Adrian Theze70mm f/22 5 sec. ISO-100

SpacerHraunfossar, Iceland by Adrian Theze70mm f/22 6 sec. ISO-100

SpacerBarnafoss is the name given the small waterfall that flows through the gorge just above Hraunfossar.  It’s the colour of the water as it cascades through this narrow gorge and through a natural stone arch rather than the scale that makes this waterfall so special.

Barnafoss Iceland by Adrian Theze14mm f2.8 1/125 sec ISO-100

SpacerBarnafoss45mm f/3.2 1/160 sec ISO-100

SpacerBetween Barnafoss and Hraunfossar24mm f/20 1.6 sec. ISO-100

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69 responses

  1. Navi Nielsen

    Goregous!! Is the water actually flowing? I can’t tell.. :)

    February 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    • Thank you Navi. The water is flowing, this waterfall wasn’t completely frozen although with a temperatures of -11°C when we were there you’d think it would have been! :-)

      February 10, 2016 at 8:41 pm

  2. It is an overwhelmingly gorgeous landscape. Your long exposures truly capture the magic of it, Adrian. Amazing colours!

    February 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    • Thank you Karen! I really appreciate your comment. It really is a landscape that moves you beyond words.

      February 10, 2016 at 10:09 pm

  3. bpvst

    very strong series.

    February 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    • THank you very much BP! :-)

      February 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  4. This is interesting, beautiful and a thrill <3 Thanks a lot for sharing!!

    February 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    • Thank you very much Hanna, it’s a pleasure! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. :-)

      February 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

  5. Wonderful view and wonderful photography

    February 10, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    • Thank you very much Marylou! :-)

      February 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

  6. gorgeous, that colour – superb

    February 10, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    • The electric blue colour of the water really is incredible! Thank you Julz! :-)

      February 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  7. Gorgeous! And the colours are the same as when I was there – wonderful.

    February 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    • Thank you Ann Christine! The colour is incredible isn’t it? I’m happy that you made it to Hraunfossar, it really is beautiful! :-)

      February 10, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  8. Wowser!! Pure fantasy :-)

    February 11, 2016 at 12:50 am

  9. Stunning!!!! I regret not having seen these waterfalls!! They look pretty awesome in your photos!

    February 11, 2016 at 9:34 am

    • Sorry you missed out on Hraunfossar Mercedes. To be honest I’ve visited Iceland six times and this was my first visit here despite having passed the turn-off to them many times on route 1. Not quite sure how or why I missed them myself until now really. They are a beautiful sight! :-)

      February 11, 2016 at 7:24 pm

  10. Very beautiful pictures ! I wasn’t that lucky when I visited these falls. The water was very grey and it was raining. It was a pleasure to see them through your lens.

    February 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    • Thank you Gin! Sorry the weather didn’t compliment your visit to Hraunfossar. It was quite overcast for us but the glacier meltwater still had that very vivid colour despite the lack of good light. Must be a winter thing.

      February 11, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      • During summer it looks very grey and a bit milky. This blue colour is amazing !

        February 12, 2016 at 9:12 am

      • It is! :-)

        February 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  11. Wonderful colours – the blue/white against the dark rock is really striking.

    February 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    • The colours were incredible at Hraunfossar Noeline but I was noticing that wonderful blue even in my footsteps in very deep snow and in the glacier ice particularly. The glaciers in other seasons look grey and dirty but in winter it’s as though they have a complete make-over giving you more shades of blue than you’d have ever imagined in the ice and and of course, the vivid blue meltwater.

      February 11, 2016 at 7:45 pm

  12. I think Sarah has hit the nail on the head there…these look like sets and locations from Game of Thrones or some other fantasy world. The long exposures are beautiful.

    February 11, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    • Thank you Mark. Game of Thrones, which I never seen but must take a look, is largely filmed in Iceland of course. :-)

      February 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  13. Amazing photos. :)

    February 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    • Thank you Jesper!

      February 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm

  14. Like noeline I love the intense saturated colours and the contrast … beautiful ….love the icey water!!

    February 12, 2016 at 12:19 am

    • Thank you Trees! :-)

      February 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  15. This is a perfect chill with the right thrill, Adrian. We hope to see Iceland next year! All the best, stay warm and enjoy the North.
    The Fab Four

    February 12, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    • Thank you very much to the Fab Four! Much appreciated! :-)

      February 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

  16. Thank you for getting back to me. What is the lowest temperature your N D800 will be able to shoot at??

    February 12, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    • I’ve just checked my D800 manual and the operating range stated in 0ºC to 40ºC, 32 to 104 ºf. I was using my camera in tempertures as low as -12ºC (10ºf) with significant windchill and experienced no problems. The camera was taken from a warm car and I was shooting for at least an hour so the camera had the oportunity to cool considerably. One thing I noticed was the write speed to CF flash memory card was a little slower and I’d presume the batteries would not last so long although the D800 batteries have such a good life anyway, I didn’t notice. I hope that helps! :)

      February 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm

  17. Sue

    Wow! Fabulous images, almost look like something out of a Michael Moorcock poster they are so other-worldly…..

    February 12, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    • Thank you Sue! Hraunfossar was a pretty other-worldy place with the vibrant turquoise water sprouting from so many different sources.

      February 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      • Sue

        One day I must get to see it for myself…..

        February 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      • I can heartily recommend it Sue! :-)

        February 15, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      • Sue

        Well, I’ll have to get you to give me a guided tour 😉

        February 15, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      • It would be a pleasure!

        February 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      • Sue


        February 16, 2016 at 9:04 am

  18. The last one’s my favorite – I really like the contrast between the elements – the warmer colored rocks and the turquoise waters, and the composition points that up.

    February 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    • Thank you Lynn! The colour of the water at Hraunfossar was just amazing. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. I rather like the last one too.

      February 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm

  19. The colours are incredible in these images, Adrian. It reminds me of the colours seen in the Canadian Lakes in BC. I’ve used Nikon SLRs at -20C in the Alps without problems but the fingers do get chilled if I’m not wearing a thin liner glove. Not sure if you are still out in Iceland or back home but there is a new Scandi drama started on BBC4 on sat evenings called ‘Trapped’ that is based in Iceland.

    February 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

    • Thank you Andy. I was managing the cold with fingerless gloves and mittens in between shots. With the mittens I was just about able to manipulate the tripod and even take the odd shot or two. I was impressed how quickly my fingers warmed up inside the mittens, certainly wouldn’t have happened with conventional gloves. I rode a motorbike for long enough to know that once cold, you fingers stay cold. I found the camera performed admirable in the low temperatures and you’ve clearly had experience of going even colder. Good to know.

      February 15, 2016 at 6:24 pm

  20. That is a wild landscape – but then wild landscape is Iceland, no! Fantastic photos, with the water flowing down the lava blocks in a massive fan – and the use of mostly black and blue. I love how you various your perspective, with some photos captured with a telephoto lens and some with a wide angle lens.

    February 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

    • Thank you Otto! Hraunfossar really is quite unique. I spent some time working out how best to capture what I was seeing and decided a varied approach worked best, I didn’t want to miss anything. :-)

      February 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm

  21. Magical images Adrian of an imposing landscape.

    February 14, 2016 at 11:23 am

    • Thank you again JD, it is a landscape that just cries out to be photographed!

      February 15, 2016 at 6:18 pm

  22. Wonderful images, Adrian! Love the blue tones :)

    February 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    • Thank you so much Camilla! The blue colour of these falls really was quite exceptional! :-)

      February 15, 2016 at 6:17 pm

  23. Black Lightness

    Wow..I am with out of words…great photos…

    February 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed! :-)

      February 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm

  24. Some amazing shots. You really capture the raw beauty and atmosphere of the landscape. I’d love to go and visit to take a few photos myself. Inspiring.

    February 14, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    • Thank you very much for your comment Duncan. I hope you do get to visit Iceland one day. It really is a paradise for photography!

      February 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm

  25. The color! I’m transfixed.

    February 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    • The colour is totally transfixing Elena. The sort of colour you just want to dive into somehow although in this case, it’d be a tad on the cold side. :-)

      February 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

  26. Gorgeous! Nature’s beauty!

    February 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    • It certainly is, thank you! :-)

      February 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

  27. Just amazing and stunningly beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

    February 24, 2016 at 6:11 am

    • It’s a pleasure, thank you so much for looking!

      February 24, 2016 at 7:31 pm

  28. Amazing photo….absolutely love

    February 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm