Top 10 waterfalls to visit in Iceland

Top 10 waterfalls to visit in Iceland


Nestled in the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is a land of otherworldly landscapes, dramatic volcanic scenery, and, of course, some of the most stunning waterfalls on the planet. The country’s unique geological features, including glaciers, geysers, and hot springs, make it a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. As you embark on your Icelandic journey, here are some essential tips to make the most of your experience.


Before my list about the top 10 waterfalls to visit in Iceland, here’s a few tips you need to know.


  1. Weather Preparedness: Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable, even in the summer. Pack layers, waterproof gear, and sturdy hiking boots.
  2. Currency: The local currency is the Icelandic Króna (ISK), and credit cards are widely accepted.
  3. Cost: Every access to get to the waterfalls are free, however, you need to be prepare in case there are parking fees.
  4. Language: While many Icelanders speak English, learning a few basic Icelandic phrases can enhance your experience.
  5. Safety: Always follow safety guidelines, respect nature, and stay on designated paths.


Remember to read my ultimate guide on visiting Iceland here for you to get to know more about where to stay, costs, camping info, places to visit, and more.


Now, my top 10 Waterfalls to visit in Iceland:


  1. 1. Gullfoss:

    • How to Get There: Gullfoss is part of the popular Golden Circle route. Drive from Reykjavik on Route 1, turning onto Route 35 and following signs to Gullfoss.
    • Review: Gullfoss, meaning “Golden Falls,” lives up to its name with its two-tiered cascade. The sheer power and grandeur of the falls are awe-inspiring, especially during the summer when rainbows dance in the mist.
    • Tips: Arrive early to avoid crowds and witness the falls in the soft morning light.

Top 10 waterfalls to visit in Iceland

  1. 2. Seljalandsfoss:

    • How to Get There: Located on the South Coast, drive on Route 1 and follow signs to Seljalandsfoss.
    • Review: Seljalandsfoss is unique as visitors can walk behind the curtain of water. The experience is surreal, and the view of the surrounding landscapes is breathtaking.
    • Tips: Wear waterproof clothing as you might get wet while exploring the path behind the falls.


Top 10 waterfalls to visit in Iceland
Skógafoss, Iceland © Jorge Barreda
  1. 3. Skógafoss:

    • How to Get There: Also on the South Coast, Skógafoss is easily accessible from Route 1.
    • Review: This mighty waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery, is an iconic sight. Hike the stairs to the top for a panoramic view of the cascading water and the expansive plains below.
    • Tips: Bring a camera with a wide-angle lens to capture the entire scene.


  1. 4. Haifoss:

    • How to Get There: Located in the southern highlands, a 4WD vehicle is recommended. Follow Road 26 and F26, then a short hike leads to Haifoss.
    • Review: Haifoss is one of Iceland’s highest waterfalls, plunging into a narrow canyon. The remote location adds to the sense of isolation and beauty.
    • Tips: Check road conditions before attempting to reach Haifoss, as F-roads may be impassable in certain seasons.


Top 10 waterfalls to visit in Iceland
Haifoss Waterfall
  1. 5. Dynjandi:

    • How to Get There: Located in the Westfjords, follow Route 60 and then take a gravel road to Dynjandi.
    • Review: Dynjandi, also known as Fjallfoss, is a series of waterfalls that culminate in a spectacular 100-meter drop. The journey to reach this remote gem is an adventure in itself.
    • Tips: Bring snacks and water, as facilities are limited in the surrounding area.


  1. 6. Godafoss:

    • How to Get There: Situated in the northeast, drive on Route 1 and follow signs to Godafoss.
    • Review: Known as the “Waterfall of the Gods,” Godafoss is a wide and powerful waterfall with a fascinating history. The horseshoe shape and surrounding scenery make it a photographer’s delight.
    • Tips: Visit during the midnight sun for a surreal experience.


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© Jorge Barreda – Kvernufoss, Iceland
  1. 7. Kvernufoss:

    • How to Get There: Right next to Skógafoss, however is hidden, walk 15 minutes to the right and next to the museum you will find it. This is one of my favorites.
    • Review: The first glimpse of the waterfall is a moment of pure serenity as it reveals itself through the cliffs that guard its secret. The scene is a favorite among photographers and nature enthusiasts.
    • Tips: Wear sturdy hiking boots, as the trail may have uneven surfaces and some rocky sections.


  1. 8. Svartifoss:

    • How to Get There: Located in Vatnajökull National Park, take the Skaftafell hiking trail.
    • Review: Svartifoss, or the “Black Waterfall,” is renowned for its basalt column surroundings. The hike through the lush landscape adds to the sense of discovery.
    • Tips: Wear sturdy hiking boots for the trail, and consider exploring other nearby waterfalls, like Hundafoss and Magnúsarfoss.


  1. 9. Aldeyjarfoss:

    • How to Get There: In the northern highlands, a 4WD vehicle is essential. Follow Route F26 and then take a detour to Aldeyjarfoss.
    • Review: Aldeyjarfoss is a hidden gem, surrounded by basalt columns and contrasting black and white colors. The journey to reach it involves traversing rugged terrain, making it a true adventure.
    • Tips: Check weather conditions and road accessibility, and be prepared for challenging driving conditions.


Top 10 waterfalls to visit in Iceland
Seljalandsfoss, Iceland © Jorge Barreda
  1. 10. Hraunfossar and Barnafoss:

  • How to Get There: In western Iceland, follow Route 1 and then take Road 50 to reach Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.
  • Review: Hraunfossar is unique, as the water seems to flow from the lava fields. Nearby Barnafoss, or the “Children’s Falls,” has a tragic folklore tale associated with it.
  • Tips: Take your time exploring the lava formations and the walking trails along the river.



Embarking on a waterfall-hopping adventure in Iceland is a journey into the heart of nature’s wonders. Each waterfall tells a story of Iceland’s geological marvels, and the exploration is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. So, pack your sense of adventure, camera, and a spirit of curiosity, and let Iceland’s waterfalls captivate your senses.


Here’s an official site so you can learn more about waterfalls in Iceland


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Jorge Barreda



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