Top Must See Waterfalls in Iceland
Where are the best waterfalls in Iceland? How to get to the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland?
Look no further, we at Wake up Reykjavik are deep and passionate waterfall lovers! Iceland is the home of hundreds and thousands of waterfalls, big and small, spread all over the country. It is 100% impossible to mention every single one, but here are the ones that you simply can not miss out on your visit to Iceland!
I would like to start with pointing out that the word – “Foss” means waterfall. Alright, now you’re good to go.
And also: Click the images for directions!
In this article about our most favorite waterfalls in Iceland you’ll find the following information:
- Name and location of each waterfall
- Tips and fun facts about the waterfalls
- Suggestions for further readings
Seljarlandsfoss (The Waterfall of Seljarland) is a beautiful waterfall around 1,5 hours from Reykjavik (121 km). The drop is around 60 meters in this one and the water flows from the river on the famous volcano, Eyjarfjallajökull. This beauty has won it’s way to our hearts as one of our most beloved waterfalls. You can actually walk behind it! Don’t forget to make a wish!
Tip: If you visit Seljarlandsfoss, make sure not to miss Gljúfrabúi. Gljúfrabúi is right next to Seljalandsfoss, hidden away in the back and is an absolute gem.
Fun Fact: This was the first stop in Iceland in the popular series “The Amazing Race”. Also, Justin Bieber made this well-known waterfall even more famous in the music video “I’ll Show you”.
Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall) is around 1 hrs and 15 mins car drive from Reykjavik (109 km). Hands down the most famous and most visited waterfall of them all, as it sits on the famous tourist route The Golden Circle.
There are many reasons why this one got so famous. From an angle, it looks like the water vanishes into the ground. In the right light, it looks like the water is pure gold (Gull means gold). There have been several attempts and ideas on how to harness electricity from the waterfall, but luckily, no one has dared to actually go for it.
Skógafoss (Forest Waterfall) is about 2hrs drive from Reykjavik ( 150 km). This one is actually my personal favorite!
Skógafoss is located just around the corner from Seljalandsfoss so you should probably do a 2 in 1 drive! The reason why I love it so much is how close you can walk up to it and you can also walk above it and hike around in a very stunning area. The water falls so heavily and it’s simply incredible to witness standing right next to it!
The legend says that the Viking “Þursi” hid his hoarded gold underneath it, but you probably shouldn’t go and look for it.
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Moving to the North East, we can find the almighty Dettifoss (Falling Waterfall) It’s around 6 1/2 hours from Reykjavik (530 km). This waterfall is the most powerfull waterfall in Europe. That’s quite something.
Dettifoss can be reached by a new tarmac road. It drops down to 45 meters into the biggest canyon of Iceland. It’s so powerful that it makes the whole surroundings shake!
Tip: While you’re there, make sure not to miss Hafragilsfoss, which is right below it and is as stunning as it’s big brother.
Glymur (Echoing) is one of my favorite waterfalls as you have to do a very nice, three hours hike to reach it! Driving for around 50 minutes from Reykjavik to Hvalfjörður (Which has been considered the most beautiful Icelandic fjord) you will reach a point where you have to park your car and put you hiking boots on.
This is the second highest waterfall in Iceland at 196 meters. Well, it has been considered the highest one for years and years and years, but we really recently discovered that there is another higher one near Morársjökull glacier. It’s a new waterfall that formed after the melts from the eruption of the volcano Eyjarfjallajökull.
Anyway, this waterfall is really worth the hike. The hike itself can be challenging but very beautiful.
Note: If you are afraid of heights or steep surroundings, please reconsider this one ;)
Many many many people miss Svartifoss (The Black Waterfall), which is crazy as it really sits by the most popular tourist route in Iceland (South Coast). Situated in Skaftafell, which is around 4 hours from Reykjavik, you will have to hike for 5.5 kilometers until you reach it. The waterfall is simply astonishing, with unique patterns around. Look at that picture! Wow!
Ahh, Háifoss (High Falls). This one is near the volcano Hekla and drops 122 m and is considered the second highest waterfall in Iceland (Not including the recently discovered waterfall from Eyjarfjallajökull). It’s situated in Fossá river and plunges down into a canyon where it meets Þjórsá in the valley. It can be a bit tricky to find (134 km from Reykjavik) due to lack of signs, but does have a parking lot above (by Hjálparfoss) and many beautiful hikes around. I do recommend people do drive a 4×4 access the beaut!
“Dynjandi “is a very special word. It refers to something being overflowing- it almost reminds me of a bridal veil? This is the biggest waterfall of The Westfjords and is truly incredible and majestic. It requires a little hike, but of course, a beautiful one!