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A Listing of the Waterfalls I’ve visited on my Travels in Iceland


I’ve been a giant fan of waterfalls in Iceland ever since I used to be just a little woman, and it’s tough to tear myself away from a lovely waterfall. My dwelling nation, Iceland, has acquired greater than 10,000 waterfalls, so I’m in luck 😉 

On this travel-blog, I’m going to indicate you my favorite waterfalls in all components of Iceland. It is rather tough to decide on between all of the lovely waterfalls I’ve visited, however the next is the checklist I’ve put collectively. I’ll start with my no 1 favorite waterfall as that waterfall made me the waterfall fanatic I’m right now 🙂

Prime picture: Hengifoss in East Iceland

No. 1 – Skógafoss – the Forest Fall

Skógafoss waterfall in South Iceland

I believe that my all-time favorite waterfall have to be Skógafoss waterfall. I’ve beloved it ever since I first visited it with my dad and mom as just a little woman. It’s so majestic that it took my breath away and I acquired mesmerised standing in entrance of it. 

Skógafoss has a drop of some 62 metres and a width of 25 metres.

It is positioned by the ring-road in South Iceland, so it’s simply accessible. Usually you possibly can see a double rainbow by Skógafoss and as soon as I acquired encircled by a rainbow there; I really stood inside a rainbow! 


Skógafoss waterfall

Skógafoss waterfall in South Iceland and the Troll

I’m so keen about this lovely waterfall that I’ve written 4 travel-blogs about Skógafoss and the encircling space. One of many travel-blogs is on the folklore of the treasure chest behind Skógafoss, which apparently the Viking settler of this space left behind.

No. 2 – Dynjandi – Thunderous Fall


Dynjandi waterfall within the Westfjords of Iceland

Within the distant Westfjords of Iceland, you will see that the Jewel of the Westfjords –  Dynjandi waterfall. It wasn’t till a lot later in life that I visited this breathtaking waterfall, because the Westfjords have been a bit off the crushed observe for me, and it instantly turned my 2nd most favorite waterfall in my nation!

Dynjandi waterfall is probably the most majestic waterfall I’ve seen in my nation. Dynjandi is commonly known as Fjallfoss, however I want Dynjandi – which implies the thunderous one. It appears precisely like a bridal veil when it cascades some 99-100 metres down the mountain. On the high, it’s 30 metres large and regularly widens till it’s as large as 60 metres on the backside of the waterfall.

To go to Dynjandi you need to journey as much as the Westfjords of Iceland and hike for some 200 metres to face subsequent to this thunderous waterfall. It’s so price it!

I’ve written one other travel-blog on the majestic Dynjandi waterfall the place you possibly can be taught way more about this Jewel of the Westfjords and see all of the 6 different waterfalls beneath it

Aldeyjarfoss waterfall in North-Iceland


Aldeyjarfoss waterfall North-Iceland

Aldeyjarfoss waterfall in Skjálfandafljót river in North Iceland is most positively within the high 3 locations of my favorite waterfalls in Iceland. I additionally visited this waterfall later in life as it’s off the crushed path – and instantly fell in love with its extraordinary magnificence and magnificence.

Aldeyjarfoss is about in bent basalt columns, which seem like they’re man-made, a pure artwork of nature. This lovely waterfall drops 20 metres right into a turbulent powdery blue ice-cold pool. Right here, by Aldeyjarfoss, I’ve shot a few of my most lovely pictures. 

Aldeyjarfoss waterfall


Aldeyjarfoss waterfall

As I already talked about, then this elegant waterfall is a bit off the crushed observe, 40 km a method in Bárðardalur valley up north, however nicely definitely worth the lengthy drive forwards and backwards.

One other better-known lovely waterfall in Skjálfandafljót river is Goðafoss waterfall, which you’ll be able to examine just a little bit additional on in my travel-blog as it’s quantity 7 on my checklist.

To see pictures from each side of Aldeyjarfoss and get data on the hike take a look at my travel-blog on the extraordinary Aldeyjarfoss waterfall.

Gullfoss waterfall


Gullfoss waterfall

Gullfoss – the Golden Fall upcountry in South Iceland is Iceland’s best-known waterfall and offers the title to the preferred tour in Iceland; Golden Circle. Gullfoss has acquired two cascades; the higher one has acquired a drop of 11 metres and the decrease one has acquired a drop of  21 metres.

Gullfoss drops right into a 70 metres deep and slender gorge so the second cascade is half-hidden from view. You’ll be able to stroll all the way down to the waterfall and stand proper subsequent to it, which is a wide ranging expertise, as it’s a large waterfall.


The Girl in Gullfoss

The Girl in Gullfoss; that is my favorite picture of Gullfoss and whereas all people is taking the wide-angle picture I’m taking this picture 😉

Gullfoss flows within the glacial river Hvítá which runs from Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. 

The Girl in Gullfoss


The Girl in Gullfoss in her winter costume 🙂

If you wish to learn up on Golden Circle excursions, then I’ve written travel-blogs about my expertise of two of the Golden Circle excursions.

And right here is my journey weblog about Gullfoss waterfall:

The Majestic Gullfoss – Iceland’s Golden Waterfall, which provides title to the favored Golden Circle

No. 5 – Hraunfossar – Lava Falls


Hraunfossar West-Iceland

Hraunfossar waterfall – the Lava Falls is West-Iceland is one other lovely waterfall, which was a favorite of mine after I was just a little woman – and nonetheless is. Again then we’d sit on the banks of the river and have a picnic by the waterfall, however that’s not potential, treasured reminiscences although.

These falls are very large, some 900 metres, and are ever so lovely as they nicely up from beneath the Hallmundarhraun lava discipline in numerous springs of clear water and into the glacial river Hvítá in Borgarfjörður.

Hraunfossar West-Iceland

Hvítá is powdery blue to gray, and the distinction in colors at Hraunfossar is spectacular; the white waterfalls, the blue river, the black lava and the inexperienced shrubbery make for very idyllic surroundings.

There are such a lot of lovely picture angles of Hraunfossar seeing that they’re so large – the picture angle above has develop into very talked-about. Hraunfossar waterfall is on the Silver Circle of Iceland, about which I’ve written one other travel-blog.

If you wish to know what the Silver circle excursions are like, then I’ve written a travel-blog on a tour I joined –The Silver circle of Iceland in an superior, modified Tremendous Jeep! And when you are on this space you may make a go to to the very vibrant Víðgelmir lava collapse Hallmundarhraun lava discipline.

No. 6 – Svartifoss – Black Fall


Svartifoss in Skaftafell

Svartifoss waterfall in southeast Iceland is a really scenic waterfall; set in black hexagonal columnar basalt, which superbly frames the waterfall in a coronary heart form. Svartifoss is a sublime  20 metres tall waterfall and nicely definitely worth the 1.5 km hike within the lovely oasis of Skaftafell, which belongs to the huge Vatnajökull Nationwide Park.

While you spot the waterfall from above you will notice the way it appears like a black and white jewel within the panorama – ever so lovely.

You’ll be able to learn extra concerning the hike and the opposite waterfalls in Skaftafell in my travel-blog about the attractive Skaftafell and Svartifoss waterfall.

No. 7 – Goðafoss – the Waterfall of the Gods

Goðafoss – the Waterfall of the Gods

Goðafoss waterfall in Skjálfandafljót river in North-Iceland is each a lovely waterfall and a historic Viking place. The title, Goðafoss – the Waterfall of the Gods – stems from the yr 1000 when the Vikings transformed to Christianity.

Proper after getting back from Alþingi parliament at Þingvellir within the south, the ex-pagan Chieftain and Lawspeaker, Þorgeir ljósvetningagoði, is believed to have thrown the statues of his pagan gods into Goðafoss waterfall. We have now no supply for this story although.


Goðafoss – the Waterfall of the Gods

Goðafoss is not a big waterfall, with a drop of solely 12 metres, however it’s spectacular all the identical as it’s 30 metres large and varieties a semi-circle. Goðafoss is part of the Diamond Circle tour.

The Diamond Circle – my travel-blog

Learn extra in my travel-blog:  the historic Goðafoss waterfall

No. 8 – Dettifoss – probably the most highly effective one


Dettifoss waterfall in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon

Dettifoss is Iceland’s strongest waterfall. It’s positioned up north in a powerful canyon, Jökulsárgljúfur, through which Iceland’s second-longest river, Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river runs and creates many lovely waterfalls; Selfoss, Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss and Réttarfoss waterfalls.

Dettifoss is a 100 metres large and 45 metres tall large wall of greyish glacial water.

This large, roaring waterfall just isn’t lovely per se, it’s extra what known as ruggedly lovely, and can depart no man untouched – I at all times really feel concern after I go to it, concern of this untamed drive of nature. 

I added this quick video I shot from the east facet of Dettifoss so you possibly can see how large and thunderous it’s – and what sort of a mist you possibly can expertise right here. The mist can completely drench you in a matter of a minute.

You’ll be able to see extra pictures from each side of Dettifoss + the opposite waterfalls within the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon in my travel-blog on Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river – the second longest river in Iceland.

No. 9 – Gluggafoss – Home windows’ Falls

Gluggafoss – Home windows’ Falls in South-Iceland

Gluggafoss – the Home windows’ Falls is one other favorite of mine, ever since I visited it with my dad and mom as just a little woman. This lovely waterfall is round 44-metres tall and is to be present in Fljótshlíð in South-Iceland. 

Gluggafoss or Merkjárfoss is a collection of waterfalls, which you’ll be able to observe on a hike additional up the river. However probably the most magnificent ones are the 2 lowest onesGluggafoss – Home windows’ Falls in South-Iceland

Right here you will notice why this waterfall acquired such a particular title Gluggafoss – Home windows’ Falls; the comfortable palagonite bedrock has given solution to the fixed stress of the river in order that the water has discovered its approach by holes and tunnels – home windows within the rock.

You’ll be able to learn way more in my travel-blog on Gluggafoss and the folklore and see what Gluggafoss appears like from above.

No. 10 – Hengifoss & Litlanesfoss

Hengifoss waterfall in East-Iceland

Hengifoss waterfall is a attribute waterfall in East-Iceland. What makes it so particular, aside from being Iceland’s 2nd tallest waterfall at a top of 128 metres (not counting the waterfall in Morsárjökull glacier), is that it’s set in brilliant crimson strata patterns.

These crimson stripes are layers of clay, which has been sandwiched between layers of black basalt.

I visited this waterfall for the primary time in 2008 however needed to return again midway up the hike resulting from circumstances past my management, and it wasn’t till 2015 that I stood in entrance of it for the primary time in my life. And I used to be so comfortable to have been lastly capable of go to this lovely waterfall.

The return hike to this distinctive waterfall is 2.5 km lengthy and I’d permit for two hours on this go to.

Midway alongside the uphill hike, you’ll cross one other beautiful waterfall, Litlanesfoss, which is 3 metres excessive and set in lovely basalt columns. I’ve additionally hiked into the gorge to see Litlanesfoss waterfall up shut. It’s wonderful standing inside this basalt column gorge.

You’ll be able to learn way more in my travel-blog about Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls, the place you possibly can f.ex. learn concerning the folklore of the gorge and see pictures of Litlanesfoss waterfall.

Now, these are my high 10 favorite waterfalls in Iceland. However there are lots of many extra well-known lovely waterfalls in my nation, so I can’t cease right here and can add many extra as I’m a waterfall nut ;

Different lovely waterfalls in Iceland

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

There are lots of extra lovely waterfalls, which I have not talked about right here, just like the very talked-about 65-metres tall Seljalandsfoss in South Iceland, which I might have listed as no. 11, however I’ve to cease someplace 😉 

What makes Seljalandsfoss further particular is which you could stroll behind it, which can depart you completely drenched, as you possibly can see in my picture beneath. It’s positioned off ring-road 1 some 120 km away from Reykjavíok and simply reachable.

It’s simply too onerous to decide on between these waterfalls – particularly if you’re a waterfall fanatic (nut) like I’m.


Completely soaked at Seljalandsfoss waterfall

I’ve written travel-blogs about many extra waterfalls in Iceland if you wish to get acquainted with extra lovely waterfalls in Iceland:

The attractive Waterfalls of the South Coast of Iceland

Kvernufoss Waterfall in South-Iceland

Systrafoss & Rauðárfoss Waterfalls in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Foss á Síðu in South-Iceland

Nauthúsagil – the hidden away Waterfall on the Finish of the Gorge

Háifoss, Granni & Hjálparfoss Waterfalls

A beautiful hike into the mysterious Stakkholtsgjá Canyon

Mt. Kirkjufell & Kirkjufoss Waterfall on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Grundarfoss and Kvernufoss Waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The spectacular Waterfalls within the Glacial River Jökulsá á Fjöllum

The majestic Hvítserkur Waterfall in Fitjaá River in West-Iceland

The picturesque Hrafnabjargafoss Waterfall in Skjálfandlfljót River

Tröllafoss – Trolls’ Falls in Mosfellsdalur Valley in South-West Iceland

I’m going so as to add pictures of a few of the different waterfalls I’ve visited on my travels in Iceland with a small description of it and a hyperlink to the travel-blog in query, so you possibly can see how picturesque they’re.

Gljúfrabúi waterfall

Hvítserkur waterfall

Hvítserkur waterfall in West-Iceland

Hvítserkur waterfall is positioned in West Iceland and isn’t visited by many. You’ll need a 4×4 to go to it or hike up by the river. It’s a very lovely waterfall that appears like a bridal veil. And you may stand proper on high of it!

Learn extra in my travel-blog: The majestic Hvítserkur Waterfall in Fitjaá River in West-Iceland

Bjarnarfoss waterfall

Bjarnarfoss waterfall on the Snæfellsnes peninsula

Bjarnarfoss is positioned on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and you’ll hike as much as it. In my travel-blog, you possibly can learn the folklore associated to the farm and the way Bjarnarfoss acquired its title. Some say that from a sure angle you possibly can see a fjallkona – the Queen of the Mountains formation on this waterfall.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: The Magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland – Half I

Kvernufoss waterfall


Kvernufoss waterfall in South-Iceland

Kvernufoss waterfall is the less-visited neighbour of the well-known Skógafoss waterfall. It remained comparatively hidden away till a few years in the past, when folks began together with it of their go to to the south coast of Iceland.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Kvernufoss Waterfall in South-Iceland

Hrafnabjargafoss waterfall


Hrafnabjargafoss waterfall in North-Iceland

Hrafnabjargafoss waterfall is a picturesque waterfall within the Skjálfandafljót river in North Iceland, near Aldeyjarfoss waterfall, which is within the third place of my favorite waterfalls in Iceland. Hrafnabjargafoss might be reached by 4×4.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: The picturesque Hrafnabjargafoss Waterfall in Skjálfandalfjót River

Öxarárfoss waterfall at Þingvellir

Öxarárfoss waterfall

Nauthúsagil and the waterfall within the gorge


The hidden waterfall in Nauthúsagil gorge

In Nauthúsagil gorge in South Iceland, you will see that a lovely hidden away waterfall. It takes some doing visiting this waterfall as you must wade a river and step on stones and pull your self up a smallish waterfall by a sequence and a rope to have the ability to lastly attain the waterfall on the finish of the gorge.

However it’s so price it.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Nauthúsagil – the hidden away Waterfall on the Finish of the Gorge

Stakkholtsgjá canyon and the waterfall


The waterfall in Stakkholtsgjá canyon – it’s a lot larger however tough to {photograph}

One in every of my favorite hikes in Iceland is the hike into Stakkholtsgjá canyon in Þórsmörk in South Iceland. This hike takes round 1.5 hours forwards and backwards and on the finish of the canyon you’ll be rewarded with a powerful sight; a waterfall and Sport of Thrones-like environment. 

Learn extra in my travel-blog: A beautiful hike into the mysterious Stakkholtsgjá Canyon

Íráfoss waterfall


Íráfoss waterfall in South Iceland

Íráfoss waterfall in South-Iceland is among the smaller waterfalls, which not many individuals have been visiting till not too long ago. It’s a beautiful waterfall, so distinctive with the protruding rock.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: The attractive Waterfalls of the South Coast of Iceland

Rauðárfoss waterfall

Rauðárfoss waterfall at Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Rauðárfoss waterfall by Kirkjubæjarklaustur in South Iceland is an incredible little waterfall. It’s made of lovely columnar basalt formations and in the event you go to it on a sunny day the maroon basalt formations glisten within the solar. And the protruding rock provides it an additional contact 🙂

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Systrafoss & Rauðárfoss Waterfalls in Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Foss á Síðu

Foss á Síðu in South Iceland

Foss á Síðu or Foss at Síða is a small waterfall by the ring-road, some 10 km east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Although it isn’t giant in quantity then it’s in very distinctive settings, making it a extremely widespread picture cease. The rocks right here look fairytale-like.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Foss á Síðu in South-Iceland

Selfoss waterfall

Selfoss as seen from the west financial institution.

Selfoss waterfall is positioned in North-Iceland, within the second-longest river in Iceland, Jökulsá á Fjöllum, just a little above Dettifoss waterfall, which is quantity 8 on my checklist. It’s a fairly waterfall, large and set in lovely basalt columns.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Selfoss waterfall in Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Hafragilsfoss waterfall 

Hafragilsfoss in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon

Hafragilsfoss waterfall can be positioned in Jökulsá á Fjöllum within the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, however this waterfall is to be discovered downstream from Dettifoss. Hafragilsfoss is 27 meters excessive and 91 meters large and appears like a mini-Dettifoss.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Hafragilsfoss waterfall in Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Réttarfoss waterfall

Réttarfoss waterfall in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon

Réttarfoss waterfall can be positioned in Jökulsá á Fjöllum in Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon additional downstream from Hafragilsfoss. This horseshoe-shaped waterfall just isn’t visited by many. There may be an hour’s hike to the waterfall by a ruggedly lovely panorama.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Réttarfoss waterfall in Jökulsá á Fjöllum

Kolufossar waterfalls


By Kolufossar waterfalls

Kolufossar waterfalls are positioned in Kolugljúfur canyon, the place a giantess is alleged to have lived. You’ll be able to see her cauldron and mattress when visiting the waterfalls. The picture above was taken in the midst of the night time, in June, when it does not get darkish in any respect.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Kolufossar in Kolugljúfur canyon in North-West Iceland

Háifoss & Granni waterfalls

Háifoss & Granni waterfalls

Háifoss waterfall is 122 meters tall, making it Iceland’s third-highest waterfall, not counting glacial waterfalls. It is located in Fossá river, a springwater tributary of Iceland’s longest river, the glacial river Þjórsá.

Subsequent to Háifoss, you will see that Granni – Neighbour, and these 2 waterfalls make for a extremely lovely picture.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Háifoss, Granni & Hjálparfoss – the attractive Waterfalls in Fossá River in Iceland

Hjálparfoss waterfall


Hjálparfoss waterfall

Additional downstream in Fossá river you will see that Hjálparfoss – Assist’s waterfall, a lovely waterfall with basalt columns within the form of a bear’s head. It’s cut up in two and cascades right into a small pool.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Háifoss, Granni & Hjálparfoss – the attractive Waterfalls in Fossá River in Iceland

Gjárfoss waterfall in Gjáin

Gjárfoss waterfall in Gjáin

Gjárfoss waterfall in Þjórsárdalur valley is a small, however lovely waterfall. It’s to be present in certainly one of Iceland’s pearls of nature, a lovely oasis on the fringe of the highlands; Gjáin. 

Rauðá river creates this lovely waterfall.

Learn extra in my travel-blog: Gjáin in Þjórsárdalur Valley Upcountry Iceland – One in every of Iceland’s Pearls of Nature

Skeifárfoss waterfall in North-Iceland

Skeifárfoss waterfall

Skeifárfoss waterfall is a really fairly waterfall in lovely settings. To go to this magnificence I hiked for an hour on a rocky seaside on Tjörnes in North Iceland, but it surely was so price it as there are a number of attention-grabbing sights on the best way. 

Hólmárfossar in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon


Hólmárfossar in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon

I’ve a brand new favorite hike because the summer time of 2020 🙂 That’s after I first laid my eyes on the attractive Hólmárfossar waterfalls in Hólmatungur in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon and fell in love with them.

They’re so fairly and cascade into Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river, Iceland’s second-longest river, which varieties Dettifoss waterfall additional up within the glacial canyon.

Hólmatungur and Hólmárfossar waterfalls are a lovely oasis on this ruggedly lovely panorama. And the hike from Hólmatungur to Stallar, the place you cross Hólmárfossar waterfalls is completely wonderful and has now develop into my favorite hike in Iceland.

I went on this hike twice in the summertime of 2020 in attractive climate – round 20 levels C and sunny – and was alone within the canyon, which I cherish when travelling in Iceland. The sweetness and silence is nearly overwhelming.


Hólmárfossar waterfalls


Bjarnarfoss waterfall

Bjarnarfoss waterfall

Kvernufoss waterfall

Kvernufoss waterfall


There are lots of, many extra waterfalls in Iceland, which I have not included on this checklist, that is only a pattern of waterfalls, that I like to go to.

Kirkjufellsfoss in Grundarfjörður

I have not written travel-blogs about all these waterfalls, however till I accomplish that I’ll add movies to this travel-blog about a number of waterfalls which I’ve visited.

F.ex. Klifbrekkufossar in Mjóifjörður in East-Iceland:


And the picturesque waterfall in Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in South Iceland:


Stjórnarfoss waterfall by Kirkjubæjarklaustur in South Iceland:


Fossálar at Síða in South-Iceland:

Ægissíðufos waterfall in South Iceland:

Skútafoss waterfall in East Iceland:

Þjófafoss waterfall upcountry in South Iceland:

Helgufoss waterfall in SW-Iceland:

Kermóafoss waterfall in Elliðaárdalur in Reykjavíok – SW-Iceland:

Tungufoss waterfall in SW-Iceland:

Urriðafoss waterfall in South Iceland:

Reykjarfoss waterfall in Skagafjörður in North-Iceland:

Brúarfoss waterfall upcountry in South-Iceland:

Hlauptungufoss waterfall in Brúará river upcountry in South-Iceland:


And final however not least the not often seen Hverfandi waterfall at Okárahnjúkar within the highland:



Have a beautiful time in Iceland and I hope you get to see many lovely waterfalls in your travels in my nation 🙂





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