The Ultimate Guide to Iceland’s Waterfalls

Iceland is the home of waterfalls. There are around 10.000+ falls on the island. Small, wide, huge, twin…. they appear in many-many ways. In this post, I collected the most amazing waterfalls you should visit. 

Dettifoss

Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the largest in Iceland with a width of 100 meters and height of 44 meters . Road 862 gives access to Dettifoss all year round, while Route 864 usually passable during summer.

Skogafoss

With a width of 15 meters and a drop of 60 meters , Skoga is an impressive one. During sunny days a single or double rainbow is visible due to the amount of water spray. Skoga is accessible from the famous Ring Road 1.

Gulfoss

This is probably one of the most famous waterfalls is Iceland. The fall is part of the tourist attraction: the Golden Ring. The water falls down 32 meters in two stages into a narrow canyon.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss gives probably the best photo location. The fall is easily accessible from Route 1. The drop is 60 meters , and visitors can go behind the fall.

Godafoss

Not that high, but amazingly wide (30 meters ) waterfall Godafoss is accessible from Route 1 and it is close to the city Akureyri.

Svatifoss

This epic waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns, just like the ones at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Svatifoss is easily accessible from Route 1.

Haifoss

The 4th highest waterfall and one of the most striking in Iceland. The fall drops 122 meters down on the two million years old cliff . You can acces the fall from route 32.

Aldeyjarfoss

Another fall that is surrounded by black basalt columns. The beautiful blue glacial water falls 20 meters . The waterfall is close to Godafoss, and reachable from route F26.

Ófaerufoss

It is probably one of the most interesting waterfalls in Iceland as they say. You can only visit it from June until September. The highland roads are closed during wintertime. The fall can be reached from route F208.

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Hjálparfoss

The twin fall: Hjálparfoss is located about 30 km of the village Flúðir and can be visited via Route 32. It is easily accessible all year long.

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Dynjandi

The bridal veil look-alike fall has a total height of 100 meters. This waterfall is a bit outsider, can be found on the tail of Iceland, accessible from road 60. It is the largest waterfall of that area.

Kirkjufellsfoss

Probably this waterfall has the most epic background with the famous 463 meters high “shaped like an arrowhead” mountain Kirkjufell. The place is not that close to Road 1, accessible via road 54.

Hraunfossar

Not one but a series of waterfalls with heights around 12 meters. The falls are located at the edge of the Hallmundarhraun Lava Field. It is accesible from route 518.

Bruarfoss

It is a relatively small waterfall compared to the others in Iceland, but called the country’s hidden gems: Iceland’s Bluest Waterfall.  Sadly the path to the fall is on private property, and now closed to the public.  

Hengifoss

The third highest waterfall in Iceland, with a drop of 128 meters. Visiting this fall you have to walk the most popular hiking site in East Iceland. It takes about 40 to 60 minutes to reach it and the path has an elevation of approximately 400 metes. The parking area for the trail is on route 933.

Öxarárfoss

This waterfall is located in the famous Þingvellir National Park. The waterfall is not that high only about 20 meters . You can acces it from route 36.

Gljúfrabúi

This fall is only a few minutes walk away from the famous Seljalandsfoss. It is hidden behind cliff rock, but you can enter the narrow canyon.

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Rjukandi

The lovely Rjukandi is one of the only few waterfalls in Iceland what you can see from the Ring Road (road 1.). Therefore it is easily accessible, and worth a stop.

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