We will take a detour on our route to look at this beautiful lake. On our way, and by the lake, we can see clear marks of glacier erosion, and the fine harmony between the construction of nature and the harsh weather conditions here in Iceland.
We will not stop here for a long time since we still have quite a long drive ahead of us, and as you have noticed, the roads are quite bumpy. We can walk up to see the lake and the waterfall from it, to enjoy the amazing scenery.
The waterfall runs to the river Farið. Debates have been whether or not to harness the river for a hydroelectric plant.
The SCSI have pointed out that by damming the river, the surface of Hagavatn would increase and prevent soil erosion in the area. However, the Icelandic Institute of Natural History believes that if the lake is used as a reservoir, soil erosion from its base would increase early summer and late winter.
The Icelandic Tourist Association is against the plans, as they don’t think a dam and a power plant will draw tourists to the area, which is growing in popularity as a hiking destination.