Iceland is not only known for its volcanoes, glaciers and ice, but also for its amazing waterfalls. These waterfalls are considered to be among the most powerful and beautiful in the world, but which ones are the best? Which waterfalls are worth visiting? Where in Iceland are they located? Continue reading to find out more about the Top 5 most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.
5. Gullfoss (South-West Iceland)
Gullfoss (translated “Golden Falls”) is one of the most well-known waterfalls of Iceland. It is located on the famous Golden Circle and attracts masses of visitors every year. The waterfall is divided into two stages and drops a total of 32 meters (105 feet). Gullfoss originates from the river Hvítá. This river is fed by the melt water of the glacier Langjökull. Even though there are higher and more powerful waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss is definitely a must-see for everyone visiting the island.
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4. Brúarfoss (West Iceland)
Brúarfoss (translated “Bridge Falls”) is one of Iceland’s hidden gems. The waterfall is just located off the popular Golden Circle. Although it only drops about 3 meters, its stunning crystal blue water definitely makes up for it. To reach the waterfall, one has to first walk between 2-3 km. For this reason, the area around it is never very crowded. However, due to increased disrespectful treatment, the walking path (located on private property) has now been closed to public. For anyone which still interested in visiting this beautiful waterfall, there is the option of another, longer (also more scenic) path.
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3. Glymur (West Iceland)
Glymur had been considered the tallest waterfall in Iceland for a long time until Morsárfoss was discovered in 2007. Nevertheless, Glymur remains the tallest (standing at an impressive 198 meters), easily accessible waterfall of the country. It is located in Hvalfjördur and fed by the river Botnsá river. To reach the waterfall, you need to cross a river, walk through a cave and surpass a rather narrow mountainside path. Overall, the way to and back from the waterfall takes approximately 3 ½ hours. It is definitely worth it to attempt the hike, as you will be rewarded with amazing views and the stunning Glymur waterfall.
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2. Hraunfossar & Barnafoss (West Iceland)
Hraunfossar (translated “Lava Falls”) and Barnafoss (translated “Children Falls”) are located right next to each other in the enchanting Hallmundarhraun lava field. Hraunfossar is a natural phenomenon, where clear blue water flows through lava and creates small waterfalls. Barnafoss is no less stunning. It has an interesting, but sad history. The story tells that two children fell into the water and drowned, hence why it is named “Children Falls”. The waterfalls are easily accessible as a parking lot and viewing platforms are available at the sight.
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1. Seljalandsfoss & Gljúfrabúi (South Iceland)
Seljalandsfoss is one of the country’s most visited sights due to it being located on the famous Ring Road. It is fed by the Seljalandsá river, which originates from under the glacier Eyjafjallajökull. What makes Seljalandsfoss especially attractive is the fact that it can be fully encircled, giving visitors the chance to take stunning photographs. Alongside Seljalandsfoss, many people also visit its less known neighbor Gljúfrabúi. This waterfall is hidden behind a cliff. You have to balance over a few rocks through a narrow valley to get closer to be able to get a glimpse of the waterfall. Many consider Gljúfrabúi the most breathtaking gem of Iceland, so it is definitely worth a visit.
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