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7 of the Best Waterfalls to Visit in Iceland


Iceland is extremely well known for its waterfalls – it has over 10,000 of them – and they are truly majestic. During our visit, we had the opportunity to check out more than a few waterfalls and each one was better than the next. Here are our thoughts on seven of the best waterfalls to see in Iceland!

1. Glymur Waterfall

Glymur Waterfall

This is by far our favorite waterfall to visit in Iceland and, while itÔÇÖs not easy to hike and get the amazing view shown above, itÔÇÖs definitely worth the trip. Situated near the Hvalfjar├░arvegur fjord in West Iceland, Glymur is IcelandÔÇÖs second highest waterfall and a highly sought after attraction for experienced hikers. Make sure to plan out at least 4 hours to make the most out of this stop and you can read more about the best tips for visiting Glymur Waterfall here.

2. Kirkjufellsfoss

Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss

There are plenty of reasons why Kirkjufellsfoss is a photographers dream location to visit and capture moments from. Located near the town of Grundarfj├Âr├░ur on the Sn├Žfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland, this waterfall has an amazing backdrop whichever way you look at it and is very easy to get to. During the winter, this attraction draws many travelers chasing the northern lights to get a glowing shot of the legendary Kirkjufell. Definitely add this as a stop on your trip and check out our coverage on visiting Kirkjufellsfoss here.

3. Sk├│gafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss Waterfall

Sk├│gafoss is one of the most popular destinations to stop when driving along the South Coast of Iceland. An intensely powerful waterfall, Sk├│gafoss brings in crowds from all over and can be seen from the road, which makes itself a great pit stop for anyone. If you have a bit of time while you’re here, we recommend climbing the steps to the top of the waterfall and taking a nice, leisurely walk along the Sk├│ga river. The further you walk, the more peaceful it gets. Read up on why Sk├│gafoss is one of our favorite stops here.

4. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Bridge Over River

Seljalandsfoss is a very unique waterfall in Iceland, in that you can walk behind the waterfall, which is quite an experience. Located along the South Coast of Iceland, this attraction is about as picturesque as it gets and is a memorable spot that youÔÇÖll be gushing about to your friends when recalling your trip. Seljalandsfoss is also only a quick five minute walk from Glj├║frab├║i, another unique waterfall that you need to squeeze through a canyon opening to get to. This is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Iceland and you can read more about┬áSeljalandsfoss Waterfall here.

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5. Svartifoss Waterfall


Svartifoss is another waterfall found on the South Coast of Iceland, located within Skaftafell (Vatnajokull National Park). This waterfall, surrounded by natural hexagonal basalt columns, is an incredible sight to see. Similar to H├ílsanefshellir Cave at Reynisfjara Beach, this waterfall provided inspiration for the architecture of the Hallgr├şmskirkja church in Reykjav├şk. This is one of many attractions within Skaftafell, so itÔÇÖs definitely worth adding as a stop as part of your Iceland itinerary. Read more about the best tips for visiting Svartifoss Waterfall here.

6. Gullfoss Falls

Gullfoss Falls Top View

Gullfoss is likely the most well-known waterfall in Iceland, since it sits along the Golden Circle in Southwest Iceland, which is the countryÔÇÖs most popular trail of tourist attractions. Among the best day trips from Reykjavik, the Golden Circle also highlights ├×ingvellir National Park and the Great Geysirs, but Gullfoss is a really magnificent attraction. Find out why we recommend stopping at Gullfoss Falls here.

7. Glj├║frab├║i Waterfall

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall Look Up-featured

Glj├║frab├║i is a bit of a hidden gem – and we like it for that exact reason. This waterfall can be found at the same stop as Seljalandsfoss along IcelandÔÇÖs South Coast, and, while most people just stop to see the main Seljalandsfoss waterfall attraction, they often forget (or donÔÇÖt know about) this secret waterfall. Glj├║frab├║i is a quick five minute walk from the parking lot and you need to squeeze through a canyon opening to get to it – weÔÇÖd recommend wearing waterproof shoes here. There is usually only a small group of people, which makes the experience very intimate, and you can climb up onto the rock to catch a great picture. Get a glimpse of how to get to┬áGlj├║frab├║i Waterfall here.

Bottom Line

While these are seven of the best waterfalls to visit in Iceland, there are plenty of others weÔÇÖd recommend looking up and checking out! The next time we get to Iceland, weÔÇÖll be sure to update this list and continue to provide details for the best ways to experience IcelandÔÇÖs greatest waterfalls. Feel free to also browse our full list of Iceland attractions here.

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