The Bruarfoss Waterfall located in the famous Golden Circle of Iceland we had heard had colorful turquoise blue water.  So of course we had to explore! We had a beautiful day to explore the Golden Circle and we tried to take full advantage of every moment.  Important tip- wintertime in Iceland will require you to not only be dressed properly but also to be in shape!  Hiking in snow I have discovered is the best exercise out there.  Just a few minutes from the Gullfoss Falls and Geysir you can drive up a secluded road until you come to cottages.  We parked here, although I am not sure where all visitors park when the cottages are occupied in the summer.

Hiking in snow to the Bruarfoss Waterfall
The hike begins!

You soon discover once you exit your vehicle that you have a decent walk to hike.  The snow was about a foot high in places, ice underneath so you need those snow/ice grippers on.  We watched a few people ahead of us having fun while they fell and made snowballs to throw.  Soon they too were just focused on the path. Climbing over a barbed wire fence with layers on and snow pants is a new experience also. I have no idea how we did not mange to rip our pants!

Reaching a small bridge is your half way mark.  So here is a good spot to take a breather.  Remember, I am referring to the wintertime, no snow on the ground and it is a nice walk.

We reached the turquoise water

Up a small hill and we soon have the larger bridge where the falls are located in our view! The water you can see is a gorgeous turquoise blue water!  We took a lot of photographs but we also took our time and enjoyed this spectacular paradise made by nature.


Bruarfoss Waterfall in Iceland


This video I made will help you feel like you went on this little hike with us and see why wintertime in Iceland is worth the trip:



On bridge at the Bruarfoss Waterfall taking photographs


Kevin on bridge of Bruarfoss waterfall


Make sure you are dressed warm for the Iceland winter.  Check out my blog about be over prepared for an Iceland Holiday



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Comments ( 31 )

  • Baia Dzagnidze

    I am not a big fan of traveling to snow-covered places, but this one looks beautiful!

    • travelbyasherrieaffair

      Living in Florida it was was a little out of our comfort zone too. But we loved it! You just have to be prepared with the proper clothing and you’re fine 🙂

  • Brianna

    How long did the hike take? I’m visiting Iceland at the end of May, so I won’t have to deal with all the snow. But I do have a limited amount of time and don’t want to spend it all hiking to one waterfall!

    • travelbyasherrieaffair

      It’s not very far, probably a mile. Even though there were hikers before us, the path was a little difficult in the snow, it will be no problem in the summer. It is worth the short hike. Have a great trip!

  • Tara

    It sounds like you had a lovely little Icelandic adventure! I, myself, have always wanted to go to Iceland, but have been deterred from planning a trip after recent close friends complained about the prices & lack of infrastructure to handle the influx of tourists. Still, I’d like to go some day. Looks beautiful!

    • travelbyasherrieaffair

      My next article gives a little hint on the amount of tourists too- and it is pricey. worth it!!

  • Michelle Chang

    It’s very beautiful. Looks like it’s worth braving the cold!

  • Zoya

    Wow! This looks amazing, but SUPER cold! Lol. Love the video, great way to draw your audience into your experience!

    • travelbyasherrieaffair

      It was not really cold, dress proper and you are good to go! Thank you for reading and watching!

  • Geemiz Travel

    Iceland never disappoints. It is such a very nice place to see. The waterfalls is lovely and the path going there is really pretty. Hope you guys had a lot of fun.

  • Nathan

    Stunning photos! I love these snow-covered shots as I’ve never actually experienced snow in my life before. The waterfall looks amazing in winter! Would love to visit someday 🙂

  • umiko

    What an interesting adventure and the waterfalls look amazing in winter. I would like to visit Iceland but not in the winter though. I don’t like wearing layers.

    • travelbyasherrieaffair

      It wasn’t really too bad, the sunny days were just gorgeous! I too would like to experience in the summer.

  • Jing

    It would be awesome if I could try hiking in the snow, too. I love the watching the scene with the flowing waterfalls against the snow-covered backdrop.

  • Yogita

    Looks like you had an awesome time in Iceland. Love the photos of the waterfall. Iceland is on my bucket list. I can not wait to visit Iceland.

  • Aleksandra

    wow, what an amazing experience to go hiking in winter. I am doing it here too, however in Spain there is no snow. Beautiful video!

  • Umang Trivedi

    For me, one of the most impressive feature of any waterfall is the backdrop and hike to reach it. The waterfall recommended by you goes right into my bucket list when I am visiting Iceland.

  • Marvi

    This is such an interesting hike! So cool of you to still do the trip despite that thick blanket of snow.. The views are indeed breathtaking, however. Looks worth it. I’d definitely agree that winter in Iceland is a gorgeous time to visit!

    pRetty cool video too! 😉

  • neha

    Snow covered landscapes with torquise water in the middle, nothing beats that. No wonder Iceland is so famous for it’s natural beauty. The views simply look as if out of this world.

  • Bruce Schinkel

    What a beautiful excursion! That video really provided a whole new level to the experience, and I really enjoyed that. There’s always something a little extra magical about excursions on a nice winter day.

  • Adrenaline Romance

    Wow! That’s the first time I saw a waterfall with moving snow. With such cold temperatures, doesn’t water freeze? Iceland is incredibly beautiful, and we would love to visit here someday.

  • Rachelle

    Wow, that water is really blue! We have some thermal pools in Utah that have that kind of turquoise water and it’s amazing to see in person, mainly because it’s so hard to believe that the pictures aren’t edited in any way shape or form. I’m glad it wasn’t a hike to get to the waterfall, but rather a flat-ish walk. It looks like snowshoeing! And you’re right – you need to be in semi-decent shape to walk in sometimes foot-deep snow. It’s so hard!

  • Lydia Smith

    It looks like from the fairytale. Water so blue, ice everywhere. It must have felt surreal. I’ll do more of hiking if I visit Iceland again. I must have missed more than a lot the last time iviisted. I’m heading over to watch the video. Feeling so excited.

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