The 13 must see waterfalls in Iceland


In the south east of the country, cutting through the mossy mountains is the Folaldafoss, the last of a series of falls on the Berufjarðará River. Within easy access of the road, the waterfall has a final drop of 16.5 metres (54 ft).

13. Folaldafoss


In the northern centre of the country, within easy reach of the Icelandic Ring Road is the Goðafoss, meaning, 'Waterfall Of The Gods'. Legend has it that it received its name around 1000 AD when Iceland's Law Speaker threw his statues of Norse Gods into the falls when the country converted to Christianity. Measuring 30 metres (98.5 ft) across in a horseshoe shape, the falls have a drop of 12 metres (39 ft).

12. Goðafoss


In the northern centre of the country, at the tip of Vatnajökull National Park within the highlands of Iceland is the Aldeyjarfoss, an impressive waterfall with a drop of 20 metres (65 ft). The white waters of the Skjálfandafljót River pour and crash there way through a lava field of black basalt columns, making for a rather unique natural sight.

11. Aldeyjarfoss

To the south east of the capital, Reykjavik, on the main Icelandic Ring Road is the partially obscured waterfall of Gljúfrafoss, sometimes known as the Gljúfrabúi, literally translated to mean 'One Who Lives In The Canyon.' Access to the canyon requires a short easy walk that involves wading through a river, so visitors seeking the best view should expect to get wet.

10. Gljúfrafoss


In the north west of the country, within the remote Westfjords Peninsula is the enormous Dynjandi, also known as Fjallfoss. Made up of many tiny cascades, this deceptively large waterfall has a drop of 100 metres (328 ft).

9. Dynjandi


Just to the north east of the capital, Reykjavik, only a short detour from Iceland's famous Golden Circle is the þórufoss, also spelled Thorufoss. Often overlooked by tourists, the waterfall measures 19 metres (62 ft) high.

8. þórufoss


Just north east of the capital, Reykjavik, measuring a whopping 198 metres (650 ft) high is the Glymur Waterfall, the second highest in the country. This enormous horsetail style falls crashes down alongside the Hvalfell Mountain into a steep canyon, making for a wonderful natural sight.

7. Glymur


In the southern centre of the country within the Suðurland Region is the Axlafoss, sometimes written as Axlarfoss. Despite only having a mere 8 metre (26 ft) drop, the surroundings and its classic waterfall appearance make it one of the countries most picturesque smaller falls.

6. Axlafoss


Directly east from the capital, Reykjavik, is the spectacular and majestic Háifoss, a name that literally translates as, 'High Waterfall.' Crashing 122 metres (400 ft) over black cliffs, it is one of the most visually striking falls in Iceland, and the fourth highest waterfall in the country.

5. Háifoss


In the north east of the country, fed by the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River that flows from the Vatnajökull Glacier is the Dettifoss, reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Easily accessed from the northern ring road that forms part of the Diamond Circle, the only difficult choice for visitors is whether to approach from the left or right side of the falls. Both offer fantastic views of the waterfall, but do require over an hours drive from one to the other. Dettifoss measures 100 metres (328 ft) across, crashing 44 metres (144 ft) into the Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon.

4. Dettifoss


In the south west of the country, east of the capital, Reykjavik, is the enormous Gullfoss, translated it means the 'Golden Falls'. Due to its proximity to the capital, as well as being part of the countries famous Golden Triangle along with Thingvellir and the Geysers of Haukadalur, Gullfoss has become one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Crashing down into a wide curved three step staircase, it then plunges in two stages into a crevice, dropping a total height of 32 metres (105 ft).

3. Gullfoss


In the far south of the country, just off the main Icelandic Ring Road is the Skógafoss, with a single drop of 60 metres (197 ft) it is without a doubt one of Iceland's biggest and most visually impressive waterfalls.

2. Skógafoss


South east from the capital, Reykjavik, just off the main Icelandic Ring Road close to the Gljúfrafoss is probably the best known waterfall in the country, the Seljalandsfoss. One of the most visited attractions in Iceland, its single drop of 60 metres (197 ft) makes it one of the countries biggest waterfalls, and certainly one of the most iconic. Famous for being one of the few waterfalls in Europe visitors can walk behind, it is regarded to be one of the countries finest natural wonders.

1. Seljalandsfoss

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