Top 10 Waterfalls in Iceland

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Iceland is a nature-lover’s paradise! Around every new bend and mountainside we took during my trip there with friends, I was in awe of its beauty. There really isn’t any other country like Iceland, and it’s safe to safe that Iceland has the most beautiful landscape in the world! One of Iceland’s attractions is all of its waterfalls. You’ll notice in this article that most of the names of the waterfalls end with -foss. “Foss” means Waterfall in Icelandic. Planning to visit Iceland soon? Here are the top 10 waterfalls in Iceland you’ll definitely want to visit.


Hengifoss Waterfall in Iceland

The red geological stripes in the cliffs and the thin, tall stream of water give Hengifoss stunning features. It is located in the Eastfjords area near Lagarfljot Lake.


Litlanesfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Also near Lagarfljot Lake is Litlanesfoss, although it looks totally different from Hengifoss. The basalt columns are a common feature found around Iceland due to its volcanic habits, but this is the most dramatic basalt columns you’ll find there. You’ll come across Litlanesfoss at the halfway point of the hike to Hengifoss.


seljalandsfoss waterfall in iceland

Follow the Route 1 Ring Road and you’ll find Seljalandsfoss, which is located between Selfoss and Skogafoss too. Many visitors love to walk behind the falls for a different point of view. Try it!


godafoss waterfall in iceland

Also known as the “Waterfall of the Gods”, Godafoss looks regal and other-worldly. It is located around Myvatn in Northern Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road.


dynjandi waterfall in iceland

Dynjandi is by far one of the most unique waterfalls in Iceland. It is also known for the thunderous sound it produces from the heavy flow of water. To get here you will need to take a ferry to the Westfjords.


Svartifoss Waterfall in Iceland

Known for its gorgeous basalt columns, Svartifoss is a popular waterfall and Icelandic photogenic location. It is located in Vatnajokull National Park about a mile from its visitors center.


Bruarfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Although it is tricky to get here, it is worth the drive and the hike to find it. Bruarfoss is known for it’s crystal blue waters and multiple waterfalls. If you plan on visiting, use this photographer’s directions to find it.


Gulfoss Watefall in Iceland


If you plan on going on the Golden Circle Tour, you will definitely come across Gulfoss in Thingvellir National Park. It is gorgeous anytime of the year, but in winter the ice hangs all around waterfalls. Because it is a popular attraction, you won’t have a problem finding signs to guide you here.


Dettifoss Waterfall in Iceland

Being near Dettifoss will remind you how small humans are compared to nature, especially here because it is reputed to be the heaviest waterfall in Europe! Dettifoss is located in Vatnojokull National Park in Northeast Iceland. From this waterfall, you can also see a lava dam and fault lines.


Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland

Skogafoss is located nearby the infamous Eyjafjallajokull (E15 for those who are lazy) and Solheimajokull Glacier. It is a nice relaxing stop after hiking up Solheimajokull, and the mist from the heavy water falling down will cool you down. Skogafoss is located in the south coast of Iceland.

Photo Credit:
Article Title Waterfall: Ryan Lock via Flickr
Hengifoss: jbdodane via Flickr
Litlanesfoss: Anecia Johnston via Flickr
Seljalandsfoss: Martin Ystenes via Flickr
Godafoss: Andri Elfarsson via Flickr
Dynjandi: Gunnar Eirikur Hauksson via Flickr
Svartifoss: skoeber via Flickr
Bruarfoss: Viajes Quazar via Flickr
Gulfoss: Author’s Personal Photo
Dettifoss: Michal Sacharewicz via Flickr
Skogafoss: Author’s Personal Photo