Waterfalls in Iceland
Here you can read about a few of the many waterfalls in Iceland. Most of them are close to the main roads and easily accessible. Some you can only access with shorter and longer hikes.
Waterfalls across Iceland.
Glymur is located in Hvalfjordur fjord, only 1 hour drive from Reykjavik and at 198 meters is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. Hiking takes around 2 hours up and you need to cross small river but the view is breathtaking! Surroundings there are magnificent, and the canyon, moss and beautiful blue water in the river makes me want to go there again and again. Our „must see” !
Hraunfossar is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. The name literally means Lava Waterfalls. It can be confusing because if it is Lava Waterfalls water should be hot. But it’s not! It is freezing cold. However the turquoise blue waters, lending the surrounding environment distinctive color makes you feel you are in hot place :)
Sjavarfoss - when you are driving along Hvalfjörður on the way to Glymur you can find this small waterfall literally next to the road. This is a great spot to park your camper, take your time and enjoy the nature. Not far from the parking lot you can notice a grassy area with ruins (maze of rocks). Around June, July this place is full of lupins which makes this place even more magical.
Dynjandi also known as Fjallfoss located in Westfjords of Iceland. Total height is around 100 meters and it looks spectacular. Easy to reach in summer time and the area has good facilities like toilets, parking lots for camper vans and walkways.
Kirkjufellsfoss - Church mountain waterfall is located across the street from Kirkjufell, the most popular mountain in this region. This is a very photogenic location, you can also try to walk up behind the waterfall. Not recommended in winter time! Up from the waterfall there is very scenic bridge which was an old road back in the days.
Hengifoss is a 119 meters high waterfall located on the east not far from Egilsstaðir. It is the 3rd biggest waterfall in Iceland. Stream is not so strong but the basalt walls and columns around the stream are amazing and very photogenic. It takes about 45 minutes to walk this place and hiking is not too difficult but good shoes are required! You will also see Litlanesfoss on the way there which is beautiful.
North Iceland waterfalls
Dettifoss - Situated on Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, on the north part of Vatnajökull park. This is the most powerful waterfall in Europe! The opening scene from Prometheus was filmed here. To reach Dettifoss we recommend taking road 862 which is the easiest way. At Dettifoss you can park your camper and use bathroom facilities.
Selfoss - Upstream from Dettifoss you will find Selfoss waterfall. It’s a wide waterfall and is located about 4 km from Dettifoss.
Aldeyjarfoss - An amazing and unique waterfall located on the north, out of the route 1. There is a part of road ( 6km ) which is an F road. (4WD car allowed). Pro tip: It's a short and easy f-road and reachable with 2x4 cars.
Goðafoss - Also kown as „waterfall of the Gods”. It is located not far from Akureyri, the main town of the north. This place was important in history and myth in Iceland as Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland there.
South Iceland waterfalls
Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall located on the south coast of Iceland, around 1.5 hour driving from Reykjavik and on the road that leads to Þórsmörk. It is one of the most popular attractions of the south. There are good facilities, parking spots, cafe and toilets. It is also possible to walk behind the waterfall.
Next to Seljalandsfoss there is Gljúfrafoss smaller waterfall which can let you into the canyon there. You should be careful during winter season as ground can be slippery.
Skógafoss situated on Skoga river is the most popular waterfall of this region. Looks spectacular and is very impressive. You can also walk up on the hill to see this waterfall from above. It 15 meters wide. This place has good facilities like cafe, toilets and big parking lot to park your camper. The waterfall was a location for the filming of the Marvel Studios film Thor: The Dark World, as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Also you can find campsite next to waterfall and have this amazing view straight in the morning.
Gullfoss - This waterfall is known as a part of Golden Circle. Located on the South of Iceland encourage people to visit. It’s just 1.5 h driving from Reykjavik so many tourist are going there to see this powerful waterfall. In summer time you able to go very close to the waterfall itself, however in wintertime part on the cliff is closed because of ice all around. Very good facilities like cafes , parking and toilets. Well designated area.
Kvernufoss Not as many people go here, it's almost a hidden secret. It is the neighbor of Skogafoss, located on the east side of Skogafoss. It’s around 30 meters high and the hike doesn’t take too much time, only about 30 minutes. But the view is definitely worth it.
Svartifoss is a very known place in Skaftafell National Park. Basalt columns around the stream are making this place unbelievable beautiful. You can start your small hike from the Skaftafell campsite and it takes you around 40 minutes to walk up there. You can go very close to this waterfall which makes it even more special. The river is small but the view is breathtaking! Surroundings there are magnificent, canyon, moss and beautiful blue water in the river makes me to go there again and again. Our „must see” ![Go Back]