There is something mysterious about waterfalls, visitors tend to be happy for no apparent reason when visiting them. Whether the gushing sound of water falling from a cliff or the mesmerizing natural settings, there is no explanation why we feel so calm near the water bodies.
Waterfalls exist in all sizes. When it comes to beautiful waterfalls, there is one country that boasts most of them. Iceland is home to some of the world’s most unique and picturesque waterfalls including Gullfoss, Dettifoss, and numerous others. If you take out the Icelandic map, you will find waterfalls dotted all around the country. If you want to avoid the crowd and have a peaceful time with nature, Íráfoss waterfall can be a wonderful choice. The waterfall is sometimes called Árjánurfoss waterfall as well. Since this waterfall is a secret gem located on the south coast, it might be hard to find it. Not many travelers have visited the waterfall and therefor it is not listed in other travel blogs or books. To find the waterfall put this coordinate 63°34’39.4″N 19°49’44.2″W in your Google map and hit enter.
Íráfoss is located on the south coast of Iceland. The south coast is one of the most popular travel routes in Iceland, but somehow most travelers miss out on this beautiful waterfall. The waterfall is located close to some other beautiful and well known waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The Ira river originating from Eyjafjallajökull glacier provides water to three big waterfalls and a few smaller ones. The first one is 135 feet tall Irafoss waterfall. The waterfall descending from the basaltic canyon adds a unique geological adornment to the landscape. From the top of the waterfall, you may be able to see another unknown waterfalls.
The waterfall is visible from Ring Road 1. It may not seem like a big waterfall from the highway, but once you get close to it you will see how beautiful it is. To reach here, you need to hike through a mystical gorge. The hike is not hard but there is no specific trail that will lead you to the waterfall. Another way to reach the waterfall is going on a horse-ride. Riding an Icelandic horse is just another adventure, isn’t it? You will find many guided horse riding tours around the area.
How to Reach Íráfoss waterfall?
While driving on Route 1 you will drive through the town of Hvolsvöllur and past Seljalandsfoss. Keep driving along the ring road for around 10 minutes until you reach Route 246 to your left. While driving on this route you will pass many private farms, and you will see a bridge over the stream. From the bridge, Íráfoss waterfall becomes visible. The waterfall can be easily spotted from Route 1. If you need more assistance, you can use Google Maps. Just type the above-mentioned coordinates on your mobile.
The south coast of Iceland is easily accessible all year. If you are planning to visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, including Íráfoss on the list makes perfect sense. It is more beautiful than you would have thought and you will be able to add a secret location to your itinerary.