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Öxarárfoss waterfall

falls between the continental plates at þingvellir National Park. The park is a UNESCO heritage site which hold many historical claims. þingvellir means “Parliamentary Plains” and as the name suggests, the location hosted the Earliest Icelandic assemblies. It is regarded as the site of the world’s first parliament. Before this, the land was confiscated from a landowner who killed one of his slaves. The killing didn’t stop there. Close to Öxarárfoss it is possible to see the drowning pool and hanging rock. These execution tools were implemented by the Icelandic Christians. The site also claims the origin of Christianity in Iceland (999 – 1000 A.D.).

Getting there…

Öxarárfoss falls from the Öxar river and then runs between the tectonic plates for about half kilometer. The river then works it’s way to þingvallavatn – Iceland’s largest and coldest lake. On the way to the lake the waterfall descends a man made waterfall which diverts the flow onto the plains. The man-made waterfall was created by early Icelanders to create a water source for horses attending the early parliament assemblies.

Oxararfoss dreamy

Oxararfoss vertical

A vertical take on the falls with a dark sky.

The waterfall photographs beautifully because the dark rock provides fantastic contrast. The waterfall is part of our Golden Circle tour. Although it rarely features on other Golden Circle tours because it requires a bit of hiking and guidance. The walls of the tectonic plates offer shelter in windy conditions.

Access is easy, there is a designated path from one of the car parks. The path turns into a board-walk which now terminates at a huge wooden platform.

Oxararfoss hiker

This view is looking down on the site before the building of the huge wooden platform.

Oxararfoss waterfall
Oxararfoss Iceland
The falls are exciting from the top also!!

These are tours that may include Öxararfoss.

Two day Golden Snæfellsnes

This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour with erupting geysers, waterfalls & sea cliffs & then stay in a fishing village waiting for auroras on the Snæfellsnes peninsular

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity.

Golden Circle

Geysir is the home of the original Geyser. Geysir doesn’t erupt often, but his little brother Strokkur should offer several eruptions on this photo tour.

Summer: Northern Giants

This Iceland photo tour crosses vast stony deserts with mountain tracks to Iceland’s wildest geothermal hot-spots & the best North Iceland features.

Sightseeing tours that visit Thingvellir

Note: not all sightseeing tours to Thingvellir include Öxararfoss.

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