Chasing waterfalls: Top 5 in Iceland

Iceland is the land of waterfalls, one more beautiful than the other. These are our top 5, waterfalls but  every ‘foss’ as you drive along the Ring Road is spectacular.

Read more about our drive around Iceland here.

Another country with great waterfalls is Ecuador- read more about them here.

1. Seljalansfoss

Driving south from Reykjavik towards Vik, Seljalansfoss is one of the first and most accessible falls. Of course you will see a lot of tourists but don’t let that put you off. Go walk behind the waterfall and get wet!

Don’t miss a snack /breakfast at the entrance. The lamb soup and pesto panini were delicious

2. Skogafoss

Continuing further south, Skogafoss is quite close to Vik. The approach is less touristy but as you get closer you can feel the force of the fall. The hike up along the fall is beautiful and can be tailored to your time and difficulty. We walked up the stairs and absorbed the view but didn’t hike more than an hour.

If the weather is good plan to camp near Skogafoss. The camp site is well equipped and offers spectacular views.

3. Svartifoss

This one is situated in Skaftafell, which belongs to Vatnajökull National park. Black columnar basalt formations frame the waterfall, giving it its name. Accessible by a short hike from the entrance of the national park, it is definitely worth the time and effort!

4. Kirkjufellfoss

Kirkjufell or “Church Mountain” is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. It is a located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, about a 2 hour drive from Reykjavik. Kirkjufell gets it’s name from its resemblance to a church steeple. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that you can dive (unofficially of course) into the ice-cold water!

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5. Dettifoss

The Dettifoss waterfall is with the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, 500 cubic metres of water per second plunges over the edge, making it the most powerful waterfall in Europe. And of course, it’s beautiful!

Bonus: Gulfoss

Although we have our top 5, we couldnt leave this one out, so Gulfoss is the secret 6th on the list! Gullfoss (or ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls,  in south-west Iceland.


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