Nov
27

Top 18 Waterfalls of Iceland

posted on November 27th 2015 in Iceland with 2 Comments

No visit is complete to Iceland without waterfalls. Waterfalls in Iceland are so numerous that some of them do not even have names as they are created every spring. We would like to share with you the best of the best. Top 18 Waterfalls of Iceland.

It is hard to write about Iceland and omit the waterfalls. Rather than have snapshots and mentions of the various falls we encountered, we decided to do a super post on all the waterfalls that stood out for us.

Our journey began on famous Ring of Fire road. First stop, Þingvellir National Park is more famous for the rifts between the tectonic plates and Geysir. For us, it was the beginning of a love affair with Iceland’s majestic and mystical waterfalls.

 

  1. Öxarárfoss

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    Öxarárfoss turned out to be a hidden gem. A short hike between the rifts brought us to this waterfalls. Bonus for being the only ones there.

  2. Gullfoss

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    We spent the first night parked right next to Gullfoss waterfall. There is a visitor center which has a restaurant, souvenir shop and washrooms. Overnight parking is not allowed there but there is a small side road which leads to the waterfall beneath the visitor center. That’s where we spent the night. We woke up and found out that everything was covered in ice and we “skated” to Gullfoss to take a few pictures.

  3. Seljalandsfoss

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    Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls along the south coast. Make sure you wear rain gear so you don’t get soaked through. A good tip is to start off by checking out the other three falls that are a walking distance from Seljalandsfoss so you are not walking completely soaked.

  4. Small Waterfall near Seljalandsfoss

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    Easily one of the most overlooked wonders of nature in Iceland.

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  5. Skogafoss

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  6. Unnamed small waterfall

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  7. Svartifoss (Black Falls)


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    Svartifoss is a waterfall in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park.  It is surrounded by dark lava columns and proved to be one of the more challenging climbs to get to. October is a very rainy month and naturally, with lower tourist population and explosion of fall colors, it drove us to visit Iceland. To get to Svartifoss, you will have to make sure you follow a path that is marked on a map at the entrance of the park. We didn’t… We found remains of a village that was abandoned and ended up slogging through rain and mud on quite a detour but totally worth it.

  8. Folaldafoss

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  9. Litlanesfoss

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  10. Hengifoss

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  11. Dettifoss

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  12. Goðafoss

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  13. Dynjandi

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  14. One of the small Dynjandi waterfalls

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  15. Kirkjufellsfoss

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    It doesn’t matter what angle you take a photo from, it is sure to be a winner.

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  16. Hraunfossar around iceland in a campervan, best of Iceland, best waterfalls, Black Falls, Dettifoss, Dynjandi, East of Iceland, Fagrifoss, Gljúfrafoss, Gljúfursárfoss, Glymur, Gullfoss, Hafragilsfoss, Háifoss, Hengifoss, Iceland, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Morsárfoss, North of Iceland, Öxaráfoss, roadtrip in Iceland, Selfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skaftafell National Park, Skógafoss, South of Iceland, Svartifoss, Systrafoss, waterfalls of Iceland, West of Iceland, Þingvellir National Park

    We were shocked to find out that Hraunfossar is not a very popular tourist attraction. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful waterfalls. Looking at cascading water, one can easily achieve zen.

  17. Barnafossar

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  18. Waterfall on someone’s front-yard

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    Please comment below, we would love to know which waterfall is your favorite.

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  • J. Min

    Looks incredible! Would love to visit Iceland one day!

    • BeFreeandTravel

      Thanks 🙂