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Waterfalls in Iceland

October 21, 2019

Skógafoss waterfall Iceland hero mynd

Waterfalls in Iceland

October 21, 2019

Iceland Waterfalls

Iceland is a very rugged land with vast uninhabitable areas, dotted with high mountains and glaciers. It is the ideal landscape for waterfalls, and there truly is no shortage of them here.

While each is a unique and memorable natural phenomenon in its own way, the following is a list of some of our favourite waterfalls in Iceland, plus a little bonus trivia for you nerds out there.

Dettifoss - Northeast Iceland

Dettifoss waterfall is in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. 45m high and 100m wide, it is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, a fact not lost on those who meet this one in person. You might also know it from the film Prometheus.

Gullfoss - Southwest Iceland

Gullfoss is the most famous waterfall in Iceland and is part of the Golden Circle tour. In the early 20th century, serious plans were made to dam it, but the landowner famously refused to sell it, saying: "I don't sell my friends." As time passed, these plans became even more serious and his daughter would eventually save it in the nick of time in a true David vs. Goliath legal battle.

Check out our selection of Golden Circle Tours to visit Gullfoss waterfall, along with Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park.

Gullfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland

Hraunfossar - West Iceland

Hraunfossar is actually a series of waterfalls, formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under Langjökull glacier.

Not far from Hraunfossar is Barnafossar (Children's waterfalls). Despite its innocent-sounding name, the story behind it is as dark as Icelandic folktales get. Here's a summary: Two boys misbehave, cross the waterfall via a natural lava-bridge, fall in and drown, the mother puts a curse on the bridge that collapses in an earthquake soon after. Moral of the story: Icelandic folktales usually act as a reminder that nature is not a force to be reckoned with. Oh, and no misbehaving!

Hraunfoss waterfall
Hraunfossar Waterfall Iceland

Seljalandsfoss - South Iceland

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which has its origin in the glacial river Seljalandsá, has a drop of about 60 metres. What makes it extra special is that you can walk behind it. We recommend a waterproof coat if you do.

A few decades ago, the waterfall spread out more over the edge but during a glacial flood in 1976 the cliff edge got chipped. It's not all bad though, it is easier to walk behind now than before.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Iceland

Skógafoss - South Iceland

Skógafoss is equally famous to Seljalandsfoss and only a 30 minute drive away. You can't walk behind this waterfall but the story goes that an old chieftain hid his treasure there.

Skógafoss marks the beginning of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. Fimmvörðuháls famously erupted in 2010, before the infamous Eyjafjallajökull eruption. The eruption wasn't nearly as violent as the one that followed, and is generally referred to as a "Tourist Eruption".

The waterfall was used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Skogafoss waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland

Goðafoss - North Iceland

The name Goðafoss means the waterfall of the Gods. The story goes that Þorgeir the lawspeaker threw his Norse god idols into the waterfall when he became Christian in the year 1000.

Godafoss waterfall
Goðafoss Waterfall Iceland

Háifoss - South Iceland

Háifoss or the "High Waterfall" is near Hekla volcano and drops from a height of 122m. It is, however, only the fifth highest waterfall in Iceland.

Glymur - Southwest Iceland

Glymur was for a long time thought to be the highest waterfall in Iceland with a cascade of 196m. Now a waterfall in Morsárjökull glacier (in Vatnajökull) is believed to be Iceland's tallest waterfall with a cascade of 220m. Honestly, who can keep up?

Glymur is situated in Hvalfjörður, a short drive from Reykjavik.

Glymur waterfall
Glymur Waterfall Iceland

Ófærufoss - South Iceland

Ófærufoss waterfall is situated in Eldgjá canyon, between Landmannalaugar and Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Eldgjá is the largest volcanic canyon in the world; 270m deep and 600m wide and home to the largest flood basalt eruption in historical times (in 934).

Gljúfrabúi - South Iceland

Gljúfrabúi ("canyon dweller") is a small waterfall a little to the north of Seljalandsfoss. It‘s partially hidden behind a cliff rock, but it‘s possible to reach it by entering the narrow canyon where the waterfall plummets into a small pool. We highly recommend this magical place of elves and trolls.

Gljúfrabúi waterfall
Gljúfrabúi Waterfall Iceland

Svartifoss - South Iceland

Situated in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, this is one of the most popular attractions in the area. The waterfall is surrounded by columnar basalt which forms when thick lava flow cools down and forms contractional joints. The hike to the waterfall, surrounded by glacier tongues and glorious mountains, is nothing short of spectacular, but it's Svartifoss that provides that dramatic finish.

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Waterfalls in Iceland

October 21, 2019

Skógafoss waterfall Iceland hero mynd

Waterfalls in Iceland

October 21, 2019

Iceland Waterfalls

Iceland is a very rugged land with vast uninhabitable areas, dotted with high mountains and glaciers. It is the ideal landscape for waterfalls, and there truly is no shortage of them here.

While each is a unique and memorable natural phenomenon in its own way, the following is a list of some of our favourite waterfalls in Iceland, plus a little bonus trivia for you nerds out there.

Dettifoss - Northeast Iceland

Dettifoss waterfall is in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. 45m high and 100m wide, it is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, a fact not lost on those who meet this one in person. You might also know it from the film Prometheus.

Gullfoss - Southwest Iceland

Gullfoss is the most famous waterfall in Iceland and is part of the Golden Circle tour. In the early 20th century, serious plans were made to dam it, but the landowner famously refused to sell it, saying: "I don't sell my friends." As time passed, these plans became even more serious and his daughter would eventually save it in the nick of time in a true David vs. Goliath legal battle.

Check out our selection of Golden Circle Tours to visit Gullfoss waterfall, along with Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park.

Gullfoss Waterfall
Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland

Hraunfossar - West Iceland

Hraunfossar is actually a series of waterfalls, formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under Langjökull glacier.

Not far from Hraunfossar is Barnafossar (Children's waterfalls). Despite its innocent-sounding name, the story behind it is as dark as Icelandic folktales get. Here's a summary: Two boys misbehave, cross the waterfall via a natural lava-bridge, fall in and drown, the mother puts a curse on the bridge that collapses in an earthquake soon after. Moral of the story: Icelandic folktales usually act as a reminder that nature is not a force to be reckoned with. Oh, and no misbehaving!

Hraunfoss waterfall
Hraunfossar Waterfall Iceland

Seljalandsfoss - South Iceland

Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which has its origin in the glacial river Seljalandsá, has a drop of about 60 metres. What makes it extra special is that you can walk behind it. We recommend a waterproof coat if you do.

A few decades ago, the waterfall spread out more over the edge but during a glacial flood in 1976 the cliff edge got chipped. It's not all bad though, it is easier to walk behind now than before.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Iceland

Skógafoss - South Iceland

Skógafoss is equally famous to Seljalandsfoss and only a 30 minute drive away. You can't walk behind this waterfall but the story goes that an old chieftain hid his treasure there.

Skógafoss marks the beginning of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. Fimmvörðuháls famously erupted in 2010, before the infamous Eyjafjallajökull eruption. The eruption wasn't nearly as violent as the one that followed, and is generally referred to as a "Tourist Eruption".

The waterfall was used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Skogafoss waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland

Goðafoss - North Iceland

The name Goðafoss means the waterfall of the Gods. The story goes that Þorgeir the lawspeaker threw his Norse god idols into the waterfall when he became Christian in the year 1000.

Godafoss waterfall
Goðafoss Waterfall Iceland

Háifoss - South Iceland

Háifoss or the "High Waterfall" is near Hekla volcano and drops from a height of 122m. It is, however, only the fifth highest waterfall in Iceland.

Glymur - Southwest Iceland

Glymur was for a long time thought to be the highest waterfall in Iceland with a cascade of 196m. Now a waterfall in Morsárjökull glacier (in Vatnajökull) is believed to be Iceland's tallest waterfall with a cascade of 220m. Honestly, who can keep up?

Glymur is situated in Hvalfjörður, a short drive from Reykjavik.

Glymur waterfall
Glymur Waterfall Iceland

Ófærufoss - South Iceland

Ófærufoss waterfall is situated in Eldgjá canyon, between Landmannalaugar and Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Eldgjá is the largest volcanic canyon in the world; 270m deep and 600m wide and home to the largest flood basalt eruption in historical times (in 934).

Gljúfrabúi - South Iceland

Gljúfrabúi ("canyon dweller") is a small waterfall a little to the north of Seljalandsfoss. It‘s partially hidden behind a cliff rock, but it‘s possible to reach it by entering the narrow canyon where the waterfall plummets into a small pool. We highly recommend this magical place of elves and trolls.

Gljúfrabúi waterfall
Gljúfrabúi Waterfall Iceland

Svartifoss - South Iceland

Situated in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, this is one of the most popular attractions in the area. The waterfall is surrounded by columnar basalt which forms when thick lava flow cools down and forms contractional joints. The hike to the waterfall, surrounded by glacier tongues and glorious mountains, is nothing short of spectacular, but it's Svartifoss that provides that dramatic finish.

Dettifoss waterfall hero mynd

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