Top waterfalls in Iceland

A holiday to Iceland isn’t complete without seeing at least one of its many spectacular waterfalls. You could choose to take long hiking trails to get to some of the most spectacular, admiring fantastic scenery along the way. Or you can visit more easily accessible falls where you’ll have an easier time navigating relatively flat terrain.

To help you decide which ones you’d like to see on your visit, take a look at our top 10 best waterfalls list below.

Glymur, Hvalfjordur fjord

Glymur is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland and is only around an hour’s drive away from Reykjavik.

Located in Hvalfjordur fjord, there are several beautifully scenic hiking trails you can take to get to the best viewpoints. This powerful waterfall has a sheer drop down into a mossy canyon, giving you breathtaking views and superb photo opportunities.

Gullfoss, Blaskogabyggd

Regarded as Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall, the name Gullfoss literally means ‘golden waterfall’. Fed by one of Iceland’s biggest glaciers, this is a spectacular, two-tiered wonder that rushes between the rocky sides of a wide canyon. Experience the sheer power of nature and catch the stunning rainbows that appear over the waterfall on sunny days.

Skogafoss, Skogar

Skogar is a tiny Icelandic village located around a two-hour drive away from Reykjavik. Skogafoss waterfall draws huge numbers of visitors due to its stunning beauty, as well as the plethora of single and double rainbows that regularly appear in the water’s vapours. At 60 metres wide and 25 metres high, Skogafoss is huge and it’s easy to get to the base of this waterfall along relatively flat riverbank terrain.

Seljalandsfoss, Austurland

Fed by the Seljalands River that gives the waterfall its name, Seljlandsfoss is a spectacular water-jet which gushes over the edge of a mountain ridge. Surrounded by mossy greenery and rocky cliffs, it’s a truly stunning sight that you’ll definitely want to photograph. There’s also a cave you can visit which sits just behind the falls, so you can get breathtaking views without getting wet.

Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn

Dettifos is located in Vatnajokull National Park in the Reykjavik region of Iceland. This broad and majestic sight is a 100-metre-wide wall of rushing water and is regarded as one of the most powerful in Europe. Experience lively, crashing sprays as it spills down a 45-metre drop over a rocky ridge on the River Jokulsa.

Godafoss, Nordhurland Eystra

Godafoss is Icelandic for ‘waterfall of the gods’ and is one of the most renowned waterfalls in Iceland. In Icelandic legend, a leader in ancient times settled a religious argument by throwing icons and symbols of old Nordic gods into the gushing water. Today, you can enjoy the beauty of this 30-metre-wide series of falls as they rumble over a 12 metre drop into the picturesque lake below.

Dynjandi, Hrafnseyn

Known locally as Fjallfoss, Dynjandi waterfall means ‘thunderous’ and is located in the Westjords region of Iceland. With a total height of 100 metres, this is actually a spectacular series of beautifully cascading waterfalls. As they flow down the mountainside they gently fan out, eventually reaching a width of 60 metres at the base.

Hraunfossar, Borgarfjordur

The breath-taking Hraunfossar waterfalls cascade across a distance of nearly a kilometre of scenic, tree-topped volcanic lava ridges. Fed from several rivers, which run across the Hallmundarhraun lava field, they gush and tumble down into the glacier river Hvita. This is a truly amazing sight which you definitely won’t want to miss.

Selfoss, Selfoss

Selfoss waterfall is located in the Jokulsargljufur preservation area within Vatnajokull National Park – about 55 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik. Selfoss emerges from an enormous glacier canyon in a long series of stunning falls which spread across a width of 100 metres into a turbulent lake below.

Svartifoss, Skaftafell

Also located within the enormous expanse of Vatnajokull National Park is Svartifos, which means ‘black waterfall’. This is due to the fact that it’s surrounded by a dramatic series of dark lava columns, which frame the tumbling water as it crashes down. This gives it a spectacularly theatrical appearance – you’re sure to want to share photos and videos of it with your friends.

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