Iceland- the magical fairytale land of volcanoes, geothermal pools, and of course waterfalls! The first time I went to Iceland I was instantly hooked on the nature that exists there. I’ve returned to Iceland 3 times now and still can’t get enough of its natural beauty.
If you’ve been dreaming of going to this utopia, here are 4 waterfalls that you absolutely cannot miss!
The Best Waterfalls in Iceland
Skógafoss is so majestic and one of Iceland’s most popular waterfalls for good reason! With a 200 ft drop, Skógafoss is one of the largest in the country and can be found in the south of Iceland. The waterfall comes directly from two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull.
What’s amazing about Skógafoss is the secrets it holds. For instance, if you have the opportunity to visit this waterfall, do not miss out on experiencing it from above! To the right of the falls, you will find a pedestrian staircase for visitors to explore the top of the waterfall. If you head up the staircase, you will have an amazing view of both the coastline and the additional lush green, waterfall paradise that exists on the other side of Skógafoss.
Additionally, according to Iceland Travel, there may be gold hidden in behind Skógafoss:
“According to legend, a Viking named Thrasi hid his hoarded gold under the falls. Many have tried to find the chest of gold and, as the story goes, a young man almost succeeded. He tied a rope to the chest handle ring and pulled. He only retrieved the ring and returned with it. The ring was later used for the church door at Skogar”
Planning Your Visit
If you’re heading to Iceland, Skógafoss is a stop along the Golden Circle + Ring Road. The drive is roughly two hours from Reykjavik. There is camping onsite if you want to maximize your visit and spend the night! If you decide to camp, ensure that you are equipped with reliable rain gear as rain is often a huge factor! Additionally, there is a beautiful hike, Fimmvorduhals – Skogafoss, which is 25 km long and only open to hikers in the summer. Depending on your fitness level, you could most likely do it in a day!
My partner, Ryan, and I enjoying the views of Godafoss. This is a memorable moment as it was the first rain free moment in 6 days.
Godafoss otherwise known as the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ is a stunning 12 m high waterfall in Iceland’s North. If you’re planning a trip to the north, Godafoss can be found between Akureyri and Lake Myvatn. One of the reasons why Godafoss is such a picturesque waterfall for photographers is because of the luscious glacial blue colour that flows from the Skjalfandafljot river.
Godafoss is rich with Icelandic history. According to North Iceland, “In the year 1000, the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion, Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall”.
Planning Your Visit
Godafoss is certainly a main attraction if you are exploring the ring road! It also serves as a great day trip if you’re staying in Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city or Lake Myvatn is nearby which has some great options for overnight stays as well.
Additionally, you could do my favourite kind of overnight stay which is setting up shop in a campervan! Visit NorthBound.is for more information on renting a camper van in Iceland.
Another one of my favourite waterfalls in Iceland is Kirkjufellsfoss. I mostly love this waterfall because of how picturesque it looks alongside Kirkjufell Mountain!
You might recognize Mt. Kirkjufell as Arrow Head Mountain from Game of Thrones season 6 and 7! Kirkjufell Mountain is ranked as one of the top 10 most beautiful mountains in the world and is also the most photographed mountain in Iceland.
Planning Your Visit
If you’re heading to Kirkjufell, the mountain is located 185 km from Reykjavik on the North Coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland’s west. Mt Kirkjufell can is within walking distance from the town, Grundarfjörður.
If you want to photograph the waterfall and mountain early in the morning/ late at night, it’s possible to stay in one of the guesthouses in Grundarfjörður. Alternatively, Reykjavik is not too far of a drive!
Image via www.lifeoutsidestudio.com
With a 128 m drop, Hengifoss is Iceland’s third highest waterfall and one of the most unique falls that you’ll find in the country! Equipped with a background of both thin red layers of clay and black basalt, Hengifoss is a waterfall to remember.
Hengifoss is quite literally a trek as it is roughly 700 km away from Reykjavik. Hengifoss sits in Iceland’s East in Vatnajokull National Park. Additionally, it takes roughly an hour to hike to Hengifoss but is 100% worth the experience. You can actually climb behind the waterfall where you’ll find a cave to explore.
Planning Your Visit
If you decide to choose Hengifoss as one of you waterfalls in Iceland visits, make sure you are prepared to hike! The hike is a total of 5 km and trail is well marked but a bit steep. Ensure that you have proper footwear and hiking gear!
It’s important to to note that the weather in Iceland changes so rapidly so make sure you bring you pack a hiking shell with you in the event that it rains.
Hengifoss is close to the town of Egilsstadi where you can find accommodation if you plan to stay over night!
BONUS: Random Waterfalls
A fun fact is that there are over 10 000 waterfalls in Iceland! You could spend a lifetime exploring all of the magical waterfalls that exist within the country. Whichever itinerary you choose to explore, there’s no doubt that you will come across so many amazing waterfalls that were not even on your radar
Here’s one of my favourite small waterfalls found off the beaten path.
Do you love hiking? If you’re headed to Iceland, consider embarking on one of the most adventurous journeys in the country! The Laugavegur Trail is one of the world’s most beautiful hiking trail. Refer to my Laugavegur Trail Packing Guide for tips!
I hope you enjoy all of the beautiful waterfalls in Iceland!
Hey! I'm Hailey. I'm a passionate vegan, outdoor enthusiast, and entrepreneur. I'm on a mission to bridge veganism and the outdoors. My goal is to inspire a wholesome life filled with adventure while encouraging compassion towards our planet.