Your visit to Iceland won’t be complete without taking snapshots of its amazing waterfalls. The country has a climate that produces frequent rain, snow, and large glaciers that melt in the summer and feed many rivers.
No wonder Iceland has numerous waterfalls in all forms and sizes, here are the first ten waterfalls that you should see in this breathtaking country.
Kirkjufellsfoss is a 5-meter high waterfall that channels the glacier meltwater of the Snæfellsjökull. It’s not that high but it has a couple of levels and the water is channeled into three different spouts.
This series of waterfalls located in Husafell in the west county of Iceland flows out a distance of about 900 meters out of the Hallmundarhraunof, a craggy lava field that formed when a volcano erupted under a glacier. That’s why it deserves its name Hraunfossar which means “Lava Falls”.
Situated along the road 355 of Iceland, Bruarfoss is a small waterfall that is known for its blue waters. It is hidden between Geysir and Þingvellir Park and finding for it can be a bit of trouble.
Known as “Black Fall”, Svartifoss is one of the popular sights in Skaftafell National Park. This 1.5-km waterfall is surrounded by spectacular dark lava columns. The base of the waterfall is known for its sharp rocks.
Hrafnabjargafoss is one of the three waterfalls found in the Skjalfandafljot glacier river in north Iceland. The two other waterfalls found here are Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss.
This is another waterfall that you can find in the Skjalfandafljot glacier river. This waterfall, 20 meters in height, is surrounded by black basalt columns which make the entire landscape worth the camera shot.
One of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland, Godafoss is also a waterfall found in the Skjalfandafljot glacier river and stands with a height of 12 meters and a width of over 30 meters. This “Waterfall of the Gods” was also nicknamed by one local as “The Beauty”.
Gullfoss waterfall is located in South Iceland on the Hvítá (White) river which is fed by Iceland´s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. This waterfall, which is a part of the Golden Circle tour, drops down 32 meters into a narrow river gorge with walls that reach up to 70 meters in height.
The Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a height of 60 meters and a width of 25 meters. It is located at the Skoga River, south of Iceland, and it is a favorite spot for campers and hikers.
30 kilometers west from Skogar, the unique 63-meter Seljalandsfoss will leave you speechless. Its cliff was said to be where the former coastline of Iceland was. Visitors can follow a hiking trail that leads to the back of the falls.
Have you seen any of the waterfalls included in the list? Which one is your favorite?
Hailey is a writer by day and anthropologist by night. She was born and raised in California and she holds university degrees in English, French and German, studied Spanish and also holds a university degree in political science and sociology. She has traveled to over 60 countries in a variety of ways, such as backpacking, cruises, camping, luxury, solo, spiritual and adventure travel. Aside from traveling, Hailey’s other passions include food, books, music, and dance.