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Top Choice Ruins in Búrfell & Around

Stöng

Buried by white volcanic ash in 1104 during one of Hekla’s eruptions, this ancient farm once belonged to Gaukur Trandilsson, a 10th-century Viking who lived a tempestuous life. Excavated in 1939 (Iceland’s first pro…
Top Choice Waterfall in Búrfell & Around

Háifoss

Iceland’s second-highest waterfall, Háifoss is a magnificent 128m-high cascade that plunges off the edge of a majestic plateau into an undulating lava canyon. Some of the thick lava formations here in the Þjórsárdal…
Top Choice Canyon in Búrfell & Around

Gjáin

A walking path from Stöng farm takes you a couple of kilometres to a lovely little lush valley, Gjáin, full of twisting lava, otherworldly caves and spectacular waterfalls. The dirt road (4WD recommended) from Stöng…
Waterfall in Búrfell & Around

Hjálparfoss

Twenty-six kilometres northeast of Árnes along Rte 32, take a short (1km) detour along a signposted track to this delightful waterfall. The azure falls tumble in two chutes over twisted basalt columns (formed from t…
Notable Building in Búrfell & Around

Þjóðveldisbærinn

Þjóðveldisbærinn is a reconstruction of Stöng, exactly reproducing its turf covered layout and its neighbouring church. Staff here wear period dress and often keep a fire going in the reconstructed farmhouse for add…