The waterfall Barnafoss is
in River Skjalfandafljot near the abandoned farm Barnafell in
Ljosavatn County. There the river runs in a narrow, and close to 100 m
deep canyon. According to legends, young and brave men jumped across
its narrowest parts. During prolonged subzero periods, the spray
creates an ice arch across the river above the waterfall and sometimes
a rope was strung across the river there to quicken this development.
Flocks of sheep were driven over that bridge to graze on the Thingey
Island between the two branches of the river.
In 1925, the
housewife of Barnafell and her son slid helpless on the iced
ground down the slope from the farm and hung on for dear
life on the brink of the canyon just below the waterfall. The older son
witnessed this and ran to bring together all the ropes he
could find and tied them together. He then roped himself
down to his mother and brother and rescued them. Two years
later, he received an honorary acknowledgement from the
Andrew Carnegie Fund.
North Iceland Saga Trail