Öxarárfoss Thingvellir Reviews
Falling for Iceland Aug 17, 2014
This is a beautiful small falls that can be accessed from a pull-out off Route 36 or directly from the main Þingvellir site. Translating as “axe falls”, the curious fact involving this tumbler is that it was man-made –-- several centuries ago! The falls source, the Öxará River, was diverted to guide fresh water towards the site of the Althing and serve the participants (or so rumor has it, there is geological evidence supporting an intentional diversion).
The falls itself drops about 50 feet and was quite robust when we visited. Though not large enough to toss off rainbows, plenty of folks were enjoying the sight and sound show it offers. A very short jaunt if you cut in from the parking lots at Þingvellir, but I recommend getting there from the Route 36 parking lot (just before Þingvellir if you are coming from Reykjavik).
This latter pathway traverses the rift valley separating the North American and European tectonic plates. The short hike (one kilometer or so) is visually appealing and builds excitement as you spot rising mist from afar, then hear the falls as you zero in.
It was funny we never realized how near to Þingvellir this was...until we entered the park and saw the the falls again!
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