14 Breathtaking Waterfalls in Iceland

From isolated rocky canyons to lush green gorges, see some of the best natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. 

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Skógafoss

Located in southern Iceland, this is one of the largest waterfalls in the country at 49-feet across with a 200-feet drop. Visitors can walk right up to the misty base of the falls, or hike a steep trail along the eastern cliffs to get views from the top.

Reykajadalur Valley

Located in southern Iceland, you can get distant views of this geothermal cascade on the hike to Reykjadalur Hot Springs.

Bruarfoss

Located in southern Iceland, Bruarfoss is a hidden gem tucked off the beaten path. It’s surging bright blue waters and relative isolation made it a favorite destination.

Kirkjufellsfoss

What it lacks in size it makes up for in location. Situated along the coast in northwest Iceland, this cascade is at the base of the iconic Kirkjufell mountain.

Gullfoss

Located in southern Iceland, the powerful currents of the Hvita river disappear into the wide canyon below, throwing up billowing clouds of mist.

Seljalandsfoss

Located in southern Iceland and visible from the main road (Route 1), Seljalandsfoss is encircled by a trail allowing those willing to get a little wet to walk behind the roaring falls.

Gljúfrafoss

Located in southern Iceland and a short walk north along the cliff face from Seljalandsfoss, this less visited waterfall is tucked away in a lush cave.

Goðafoss

Known as the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, this wide horseshoe waterfall and its clear turquoise pools are in northeast Iceland right along Route 1.

Nauthusagill

Located in southern Iceland en-route to Þórsmörk, stop and get your feet wet scrambling upstream in this narrow canyon to find this beautiful hidden waterfall.

Foss a Sidu

Located in southern Iceland along Route 1, this small but unique waterfall drops down as a picturesque backdrop for a small group of houses at the base of the cliff.

Folaldafoss

Located in southeast Iceland along Oxi pass is Folaldafoss, which is the lowermost waterfall in the valley.

Dettifoss

Located in northeast Iceland, this powerful cascade is the largest (by volume) in Iceland.

Selfoss

Located in northeast Iceland, this rocky canyon is just upstream from Dettifoss.

Kolugljúfur

This infrequently visited narrow lush gorge is in northern Iceland, and is only a short detour off Route 1.

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