Iceland is a country of many amazing waterfalls. Below are some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. 


For more general information on waterfalls in Iceland see: Waterfalls in Iceland


Kirkjufellsfoss

Kirkjufellsfoss is located on the north side of Snaefellsnes peninsula in west Iceland

This small and charming waterfall is situated near the impressive mount Kirkjufell, at Grundarfjordur, on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. For photographing, it is particularly scenic when you capture the fall, the clearness of the water and the mountain in the background, best experienced in the light of the midnight sun in midsummer.

Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar falls are located in Borgarfjordur in West Iceland

These stunningly beautiful falls, located in Borgarfjordur in West Iceland, are formed by rivulets flowing at the edge of the Hallmundarhraun lava field, and pour into the glacier river Hvita (not to be confused with the river of the same name in Arnessysla, home to the Gullfoss waterfall, see below). These falls are widely considered some of the most spectacular in Iceland.

Bruarfoss

Bruarfoss is located in Bruara river, in Southwest Iceland

This splendid series of small waterfalls is located in Bruara river, in the area of Grimsnes in Southwest Iceland, and considered something of a hidden gem. Watching the river falling in thousands of small runlets and the stark blue colour as the water falls into a deep gap makes it a fascinating scene and ideal for photographing.

Svartifoss

Svartifoss waterfall is located in Skaftafell National Park in Southeast Iceland

This fascinating fall is located in the Skaftafell preservation area in Southeast Iceland, that is a part of Vatnajokull National Park. The name Svartifoss means Black Waterfall. A dramatic contrast is to be seen in the white water of the fall and the surrounding dark hexagonal basalt columns. At the base of the fall are sharp rocks that have broken from the columns. This picturesque scenery further provided inspiration for the columnar architecture of Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik, the ceiling of the National Theater and sculptor Richard Serra‘s Milestones, located in Videy island.  

Hrafnabjargafoss

Hrafnabjargafoss is located in Skjalfandafljot glacier river in North Iceland

Hrafnabjargafoss is a beautiful waterfall that is located in the mighty Skjalfandafljot glacier river in North Iceland, the first of three successive ones, the other two being Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss.

Aldeyjarfoss

Aldeyjarfoss is located in Skjalfandafljot in North Iceland

This is the second in a successive row of beautiful falls in Skjalfandafljot river and has a 20 metre cascade. As with Svartifoss, here you‘ll see a fascinating contrast between the white water of the fall and dark basalt columns, perfect scenery for the avid photographer.

Godafoss

Godafoss is located in Skjalfandafljot in North Iceland

This waterfall, 12 meters high and 30 meters wide, is at once the most famous of the Skjalfandafljot waterfalls and one of the most famous in North Iceland and the country at large. According to the sagas, lawspeaker Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi settled a religious crisis in Iceland by throwing the idols of the old Nordic gods into the fall, wherefrom it gets its name “The waterfall of the gods“. Certainly, those who witness the sheer beauty of the fall will agree that the name is fitting.

Gullfoss

Gullfoss belongs to the famous Golden Circle in south Iceland

Widely considered the most beautiful of Icelandic waterfalls, the aptly named Gullfoss (“The Golden Waterfall“) belongs to the famous “Golden Circle“ of essential attractions, along with the Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. This thunderous waterfall, located in the mighty Hvita glacier river in Arnessysla county in South Iceland, drops down 32 meters into a narrow river gorge and is every photographer‘s dream. You can even walk near enough to feel the water spray on your face!

Skogafoss

Skogafoss is located on the South Coast of Iceland close to the Skogar area

Skogafoss is a popular destination when travelling along the South Coast of Iceland. It is located close to the area of Skogar. 60 meters wide and 25 high, it is one of the greatest and most beautiful of all waterfalls in Iceland. Photographers should particularly note that on sunny days it may produce a single or even a double rainbow, due to the strong waterflow‘s interplay with the sunlight.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is located on the South Coast of Iceland

Seljalandsfoss is another of widely popular falls when travelling the south coast. This is a narrow and tall fall, with a drop of 63 meters, and it has the rare distinction that you can actually walk behind it, a spectacular photographic angle. This is indeed considered one of Iceland‘s most picturesque waterfalls, and absolutely essential to visit when travelling in the country.

Check out these main attractions by Route 1. Pictures by Iurie Belegurschi.