The most beautiful waterfalls to see in Iceland

The most beautiful waterfalls to see in Iceland

Iceland is one of the most beautiful destinations to see waterfalls. Difficult to find a country with a higher concentration of waterfalls, all as spectacular as each other. With a territory over 11% covered by glaciers, melting ice is an inexhaustible reservoir to supply all these waterfalls. Here is a small inventory among the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland … A good red thread to discover the country through its most spectacular sites. Warning! It’s wet! Better to have a good rain poncho to get close to the risk of being completely soaked!


Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Its name means “fall of gold”, because of the rainbow that one can often see there when the weather is nice. The power of the cascade releases a large volume of water vapor that gives iridescent colors to the sky. Located near Geysir, Gullfoss gave its name to the ”  Golden Circle  “: these three major sites in the vicinity of Reykjavik with Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. It is also the main stumbling block of this waterfall: with such a reputation, it is one of the most visited places in Iceland. Suffice to say that in summer, there is a crowd on the paths that line the waterfall! But with its different levels, which tumble through a canyon over 2km, the show is still at the rendezvous

Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall located in the south of Iceland, along the road n ° 1. This is not the most exceptional at first sight, but its main interest is that it is the only one in Iceland where you can pass behind the waterfall. There is a small path dug into the cliff, which we see well in this photo. It’s pretty slippery and better to plan a good k-way but it’s very impressive to go behind the curtain of water.

Special mention for the small camping Seljalandsfoss where you can pitch your tent overlooking the waterfall located next door. It’s a good place to stop for the night. It is also not very far from the pier to go by boat to the Vestmann Islands (15 / 20km). That’s where I hitchhiked to take the boat

Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s most majestic waterfalls. It is located in the south of the country, along the circular road No. 1 150km from Reykjavik. It is powered by the melting of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull , whose volcano had paralyzed the European sky in the spring of 2010. This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland, so there are people! Better to come early in the morning or at the end of the day, otherwise it is the parade of buses all day long.

I advise to hike that starts at the top of the fall. We pass in front of twenty waterfalls. For good walkers, you can go to Fimmvörduhals, the pass that separates the two glaciers (about 8h A / R). Otherwise on two days of walking (or a day for the rapids), it is possible to go to Þórsmörk . Skógafoss is the point of arrival of the famous 5/6 day hike from the Landmannalaugar.

As in Seljalandsfoss, the campsite is located right at the foot of the waterfall. On the other hand, it is better not to pitch your tent too close, unless you want to see the inside look like Niagara Falls … Anyway, it’s nice to fall asleep with the dull roar of the fall of water in the distance.

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