Many Icelandic folk tales have been associated with Barnafoss, the most
famous being about two boys from a nearby farm, Hraunsás.
One Christmas Day, the boys' parents went with their ploughmen to a
church for Mass.
The boys were supposed to stay at home, but as they grew bored they
decided to follow their parents.
They made a shortcut and crossed a natural stone-bridge that was above
But on their way, they felt dizzy and fell into the water and drowned.
When their mother found out what had happened, she put a spell on the
bridge saying that nobody would ever cross it without drowning himself.
A little while later, the bridge was demolished in an earthquake.