The Nordic island nation, Iceland is often referred to as the ‘’Land of Ice and Fire’’. Iceland is home to a few of Europe’s largest glaciers. Its active volcanoes, black sandy beaches, dramatic landscapes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields and cities like the capital Reykjavik attracts travellers from across the world. Iceland is one country that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It is like no other nation on earth. Its waterfalls are among its most precious natural gems.
And the best way to see the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland is to see as many as you can. Because of every one of these gems is equally breathtaking. While some of these beautiful waterfalls are easy to reach, some require a good hike. But whatever it is, it well worth it. Now, of course, Iceland has more than just 10 waterfalls. Down below, we’ve listed the 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls In Iceland, in no particular order. And we are also going to name a few more breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls at the end. Then you can easily choose which one you want to hit first. So, here are the 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls In Iceland:
1. Gullfoss, Hvítá River:
Located in the canyon of the Hvítá river, Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist’s attractions in Iceland. Its multi-step cascade is among the most photogenic places you’ll find in the country. The name translates into ‘’Golden Falls’’ and when the sunshine hits the water, it looks nothing less than a place out of a fairytale.
2. Seljalandsfoss, Thorsmork:
One of the most magical place in Iceland, standing behind the Seljalandsfoss and taking pictures has become quite popular in recent years. It is part of the Seljalands River originating from the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull.
3. Bruarfoss, Gimsnes:
One of the hidden gems of Iceland that is slowly gaining popularity. Bruarfoss is a series of small, rambling waterfalls. Its bright blue water is simply mesmerizing. Iceland’s Bluest Waterfall, “Bridge-waterfall” is a must-visit in Iceland.
4. Kirkjufellsfoss, Snæfellsnes Peninsula:
The small but one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, Kirkjufellsfoss drops in three separate flows. Coming from a ridge on Helgrindur Mountain, the 20 feet high is one of the most photographed places in the country.
5. Aldeyjarfoss, Bárðardalur Valley:
Situated in the Highlands of Iceland, Aldeyjarfoss flows amidst black basalt columns. It is a bit hard to reach and the hike on the north side is comparatively best.
6. Dettifoss, Jökulsá á Fjöllum River:
Located in the Vatnajökull National Park, Dettifoss is the second most powerful waterfall in Europe. “The Beast” has even appeared in movies. But if you are going in winter, you might have to miss out on seeing this beautiful giant as the road closes in winter.
7. Goðafoss, Northern Iceland:
The “Waterfall of the Gods” plunges over a curved precipice, with paths to various viewpoints. The waterfall is connected to the conversion to Christianity from heathendom or “the old custom” in the year 1000. So, it is one of the most important places in Iceland.
8. Háifoss, Fossá River:
Located near the volcano Hekla, Háifoss is the fourth highest waterfall in Iceland following Morsárfoss, Glymur and Hengifoss. There is a smaller waterfall next to it known as “Neighbor”.
9. Hraunfossar, Borgarfjörður:
Creating one of the most stunning views in all of Iceland, Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls flowing over ledges of lava rock. The tiny streams coming out from springs goes down into the Hvítá river.
10. Svartifoss, Vatnajokull National Park:
Located in the Vatnajökull National Park, Svartifoss is surrounded by dark lava columns. On the way to this magnificent waterfalls, you will spot other beautiful waterfalls too including Magnúsarfoss, Hundafoss, and Þjófafoss.
Apart from these ten, we are mentioning a few more so you don’t miss out on something really beautiful. The waterfalls at Sigöldugljúfur, Glymur, Hengifoss, Skógafoss, Morsárjökull, & Barnafoss are some of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland. Hjálparfoss, Hrafnabjargafoss, Dynjandi, Gljúfrabúi, Systrafoss, Ketubjörg, Faxi, Migandi waterfall, Hafragilsfoss and Fagrifoss are equally beautiful and more on the lesser-known side.