8 Must See Icelandic Waterfalls

Iceland is well known for its many stunningly beautiful waterfalls. The waterfalls are as diverse as they are many, and they are all worth a visit. We have compiled for you a list of 8 Must See Icelandic Waterfalls, and we suggest that you try to see as many of them on your visit to Iceland.

1. Glymur

Glymur Waterfall is the second highest waterfall in Iceland at 198 meters tall. Glymur is located in Hvalfjordur which is a deep fjord that reaches far inland just north of Reykjavik. The waterfall is just a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Reykjavik, but to get to Glymur Waterfall you need to do a two-hour hike. The hike is well worth the view, since Glymur and the area around it are stunning.


Just a short hike to get up to Glymur

2. Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m into a shallow pool. Seljalandsfoss is on the South Coast of Iceland, and it is only about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Reykjavik. Seljalandsfoss is unique because you can walk behind the waterfall and see the waterfall and the world from a new perspective.


Get behind this amazing waterfall

3. Gullfoss

Gullfoss Waterfall is a majestic waterfall in the glacial river Hvita. The river flows form the lake Hvitarvatn and the glacier Langjokull. Gullfoss is 32 meters high but it plunges in two stages. Gullfoss Waterfall is on the famous Golden Circle Route in Iceland, and it is only a 1,5-hour long drive from Reykjavik. The name Gullfoss means Golden Falls, and watching the Golden Falls in the golden Icelandic sun is truly amazing.


The very popular Gullfoss

4. Svartifoss

Svartifoss Waterfall is in Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park. Svartifoss means Black Falls, and the dark lava columns that surround the waterfall, inspired the name. These unique basalt columns may look familiar, but the architect who inspired Hallgrimskirkja Church got his inspiration from Svartifoss Waterfall. Svartifoss is over 20 meters tall and it is free falling. Truly stunning.


Notice the rainbow

5. Aldeyjarfoss

Aldeyjarfoss is a 20-meter-high waterfall located in the North of Iceland. Just an hour-and-a-half long drive from Reykjavik, Aldeyjarfoss is worth a visit. The stunning view surrounding the waterfall makes you feel like you are in a fairytale world.


Visit Aldeyjarfoss while in North Iceland

6. Godafoss

Godafoss Waterfall, or Waterfall of the Gods, is one of the largest and most imposing waterfalls in Iceland. The waterfall is famous in the Icelandic Sagas because it played a big role when Icelanders decided to switch to Christianity. Godafoss is around 12 meters tall but it has a width of around 30 meters. Godafoss is in the North of Iceland, less than an hour drive from Akureyri.


Beautiful Sunset at Godafoss

7. Haifoss

Haifoss Waterfall is one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, at 122 meters tall. The name Haifoss means High Falls or Tall Falls, because of the size of the waterfall. Haifoss Waterfall is in the river Fossa, and it is located in the South of Iceland, close to Hekla Volcano. Haifoss is a stunning waterfall that is a short two-hour drive from Reykjavik.

Haifoss Iceland

122 Meters tall!

8. Dettifoss

Dettifoss Waterfall is not only the most powerful waterfall in Iceland, it is the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe. Each second 500m3 of water rushes down the waterfall. Dettifoss is located within Vatnajokull National Park and the waterfall is 100 meters wide and 45 meters tall. If you stand close enough to the waterfall you can feel the earth tremble beneath your feet. It’s amazing to feel the true power of nature so close to you.

Dettifoss Iceland

You can just feel the power

Contributed: Birta Bjornsdottir