Iceland is a place like no other. It’s raw and rugged nature reminds you of the great powers that simmer below the Earth’s crust. Iceland is truly a photographer’s paradise as it offers so many beauty spots and wherever you are located in the country you are always in close proximity to this vast and mesmerising nature.
Lava fields, volcanoes, hot springs, mountains and green moss are among the things that will catch your eye on your Iceland road trip. Iceland is also home to many amazing waterfalls and some of them will make you fall deeply in love with the country. Below you will find your list of the 15 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Iceland in no particular order.
15 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Iceland
Photo by Moyan Brenn
This is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland and is accessible on the Golden Circle route along with Þingvellir National Park and Geysir Hot Spring. This two tier waterfall cascades down 32 metres into a gorge in Hvítá River and you can stand close enough to feel the cool water spray on your face. Usually you will see a rainbow hovering above the waterfall. Gullfoss is located around 115 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Sivva Eysteins
This is a stunning series of small waterfalls flowing out of the lava. Together, they form an amazing outpouring, woven like delicate lace within the creases of the lava. A shouting distance away, you will find another beautiful waterfall called Barnafoss running through a narrow rocky gorge. The Waterfalls are located in West Iceland, around 125 km from Reykjavík.
Here you have a true hidden gem. You can not see the waterfall from the road and there are no signs directing you to it. The fascinating thing about Brúarfoss is that it looks like thousands of small runlets running into a deep icy blue gap. It may not be big, but it is breathtaking and the colour of the river is otherworldly. Brúarfoss is located on the Golden Circle route around 95 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by CPG Grey
This magnificent waterfall is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. It is 62 m high and 25 m wide. It is nearly impossible to drive by without making a stop and taking a closer look. There is a path leading up close to the waterfall, but you will also find an uphill stairway beside it, enabling you to take view it from above. Skógafoss is located in South Iceland around 155 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Anita Ritenour
Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. It is also the largest in Europe in terms of volume. The waterfall is so powerful that it makes the surrounding rocks vibrate, and the vibration can be felt by hand. It is 100 m wide and has a drop of 45 m into the canyon below. Dettifoss is located in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, around 554 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras
This stunning waterfall falls majestically off a cliff with beautiful dark basalt columns. It falls into a gorge well-hidden in the birch wood covering the hills below. Svartifoss is located in Southeast Iceland around 327 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Ævar Guðmundsson
This is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is shaped like a horseshoe and and the wide cascade is mesmerising. Goðafoss is located in North Iceland around 437 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Daniel Thor Agustsson
Háifoss is the second tallest waterfall in Iceland. It stands 122 m tall as it falls of the steep cliff into the river below. Háifoss is situated near the volcano Hekla in South Iceland, around 140 km from Reykavík.
Photo by Anders Peter Amsnæs
This lovely waterfall cascades down the gently sloping mountainside in two parallel streams into a gully below. It is sweet and soft and absolutely stunning. Systrafoss is located in South Iceland around 259 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Helga Rósa
This is a truly magnificent waterfall as it falls of the 120 m cliff, straight down onto the shore below. The area is quite remote and very rich in bird life. Ketubjörg is located in North Iceland around 330 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Moyan Brenn
This amazing waterfall is definitely on the top 10 list of the most popular attractions in Iceland. It is quite narrow but falls down a 63 m cliff. It is very picturesque and there is a pathway leading behind it so you can enjoy a view from behind the waterfall! Only 10 minutes walk away you will find another beautiful waterfall, hidden in a rocky chamber behind a large cliff. This secret waterfall is called Gljúfrabúi. Seljalandsfoss is located in South Iceland around 125 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras
This small and charming waterfall is located close to the picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain. From the right side of the waterfall, you can capture the waterfall with the glorious mountain in the background. This is a sight like nothing you have ever experienced before. Kirkjufellsfoss is located in West Iceland around 180 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Aapo Haapanen
This beautiful and wide waterfall is on the Golden Circle route close to Gullfoss, but many people miss it because it is not visible from the main road. Faxi is one of the secret places in Iceland and definitely worth visiting. Faxi is located around 110 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Diego Delso
This is the largest waterfall in the Westfjords in Iceland, and many consider it the most impressive and beautiful waterfall in the country. It falls gracefully down a 100 m high mountainside, is 30 m wide at the top and spreads to 60 m at the base like a semi-transparent veil. It is absolutely stunning. Dynjandi is located in the Westfjords around 390 km from Reykjavík.
Photo by Jaisri Lingappa
Aldeyjarfoss is another Iceland secret. It is only 20 m high, but boasts interesting symmetrical features and contrasting colours. The contrast in the black basalt columns against the white frothing waterfall make Aldeyjarfoss a very photographic gem. Aldeyjarfoss is located in North Iceland around 477 km from Reykjavík.
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