Hvolsvollur, South Region (Suðurland), Iceland

About Arbaejarfoss

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-07-06
Date last visited: 2007-07-06

Waterfall Latitude: 63.86291
Waterfall Longitude: -20.34311

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Arbaejarfoss (Arbæjarfoss; I think is pronounced “AR-bye-yar-foss”) was one of those waterfalls where I wasn’t sure if there was an official way to visit it. The photograph above was the view we got when we didn’t think we would be trespassing nor we would drive any more dodgier 4wd tracks over sharp rocks. We thought any other view would’ve required us to go into someone’s yard or to go through a graveyard. And even to get the view we got above, there was one really scary patch of rocky road full of sharp volcanic rocks. It made us wonder if we were supposed to have driven there at all instead of just walking.

As for the waterfall itself, it was another wide river-type waterfall, which like the nearby Ægissufoss was also on the Ytri-Rangá River. Such waterfalls seemed to be pretty prevalent in Iceland.

Unfortunately, as you can see from the photos on this page, we were only able to get part of the whole falls as a rock that segmented the river blocked what the other side of the falls would’ve looked like. Perhaps if there was a better way to view, we would’ve given this one a higher score.


The approach we took was via a pair of unsigned turnoffs roughly 4km northeast along Route 271. Route 271 left the Ring Road about 1km north of the town of Hella. Route 271 followed we river on which the falls belonged so it was conceivable that there could’ve been other ways to get to the falls that we weren’t aware of.

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