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√Ālafoss

Photo by Jon Gretarsson is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

ABOUT:

Location:64.166644, -21.675800

Region: Captial

Height:

River: Varm√°

√Ālafoss is a small waterfall on the Varm√° river that shares its name with a historic wool factory. The wool shop is still in business today and is famous for its hand-knitted items and yarn for sale. √Ālafoss has been described as a “candy shop” for the knitting community. Plus, shoppers can easily visit the waterfall.

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√Ālafoss waterfall is part of a nature preserve and is easily accessible for visitors. It’s also a lovely waterfall to visit during winter when it freezes over. Its close vicinity to Reykjav√≠k makes it a lovely area to visit for everyone, even those who aren’t into knitting.

History:

√Ālafoss, the wool factory, was founded in 1986 when a local farmer capitalized on the energy from the waterfall to power machinery for a wool factory. The √Ālafoss factory played a major role in the growth of the town Mosfellsb√¶r.

√Ālafoss has also been used to house British Soldiers during World War II. In more modern events, √Ālafoss is the home to a studio for the band Sigur R√≥s who also has a song nicknamed after the area.

hiking:

Several walking trails in the area surround √Ālafoss. A gravel parking area around the factory has direct access to one of these paths. These well-maintained paths are accessible to most visitors.

Directions:

Viewable from Road?: No

Nearest Major Town or City: Mosfellsbær

Distance from Reykjavík: 10.5 mi (16.9 km)

The Mosfellsb√¶r area where √Ālafoss is located is a short drive from the capital and only a short distance off of the Ring Road. The waterfall and the factory are easy to locate with Google Maps, but the waterfall is listed as √Ālafoss Waterfall. Both the waterfall and factory are side by side, so it doesn’t matter which one you navigate to.

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