The waterfall Urriðafoss in the mighty river Þjórsá is the waterfall in Iceland that has more volume than any other waterfall. One reason is the river Þjórsá that is the longest river in Iceland and thus collects a lot of water from its many origins in the highland and lowland until it exits to the ocean. Anorher reason is the location of the waterfall only a few kilometres from the mouth of the river and thus carries all the water the river can possibly collect. With all its water it is an impressive wide waterfall although not a very high fall. It is a waterfall with impressive volume.
Easaly accessble from the Ring Road in Iceland
Urriðafoss is one of the natural wonders in Iceland that is easily accessible from the Ring Road, or Road nr. 1, as it is only a short drive from the road. When driving east from Reykjavík you turn to you right on Urriðafossvegur nr. 302 and the viewing panel is only one kilometre from the main road. If you are lucky you might catch a moment of someone fishing for salmon, as the river Þjórsá is a salmon river.
Onec a part of a hydroelectric dream
On the first half of the 20th century the famous icelandic entrepreneur and poet Einar Benediktsson had big dreams about Hydroelectric power plants in Iceland. One of the places Einar wanted to build a dam was in the river Þjórsá by the waterfall Urriðafoss. Fortunately for us those dreams have not seen reality yet.
Nearby places of interest
Bæjarstaðarskógur Dverghamrar Dyrhólaey Fjallsárlón
Fjðrárgljúfur Foss á Síðu Hjörleifshöfði Jökulsárlón Kirkjufjara Kvernufoss
Reynisfjara Reynisdrangar Skaftafell Skógafoss Skógar Svartifoss Svínafellsjökull