Must see waterfalls in Iceland

Iceland is full of waterfalls. There are so many waterfalls that you will need more than a day to get to all of them. Some are just worth a quick picture while others can hypnotise you with its thundering waters. If you visit Iceland, make sure you that these waterfalls are on your to-do list.

Iceland Seljalandsfoss


Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. Most tourists stop here for a picture or two and it can get quite crowded during the day. Seljalandsfoss is popular for the fact that you can walk around the waterfall into a small cave. Just make sure you have waterproof clothing, as you can get soaked in seconds from the waterfall spray. In addition, you will have to pay if you want to use the parking. Luckily, there are free toilets available.

Iceland Skogafoss


Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls with a width of 15 meters and a height of 60 meters. There is free parking at the waterfall. Stairs along the waterfall take you to the top where you can walk further along the Skógá river.

Iceland Gullfoss


The Gullfoss waterfall is massive. You can only stare in awe as thousands of liters of water gushes past you. The infrastructure is well laid out with footpaths all along one side of the waterfall. There are also information boards that tell you more about the history of the waterfall. Parking near the waterfall is free.

Iceland Swartifoss


Svartifoss is hidden away from the main roads and you will have to walk a bit to get there. The walk is worth it, as most people do not visit the waterfall because of the effort to get there. The parking is also free. On your way to Svartifoss, you walk past another waterfall, Hundafoss, which is also worth a photo.

Have you visited Iceland? Which waterfall was your favorite? Is there a waterfall that we did not mention here worth the visit? Please let us know in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “Must see waterfalls in Iceland

  • When I was in Iceland I visited all of these but Svartifoss. We were there in winter and I was driving and it got too dark and started sleeting so we turned back. I’m dying to go back when there’s more daylight! There’s just so much to see on this tiny island!

  • Iceland! The country which has so much unexplored areas that I would love go and live there for atleast a couple of months. But guess I need to get my vocabulary in order to pronounce most of the places. 🙂
    Icelandic waterfalls and volcanoes are right at the top of my list.

  • I’ve been to Iceland twice and absolutely loved seeing all the beautiful waterfalls. It’s so hard to pick a favorite but Gullfoss was gorgeous!!! I would love to do another Iceland road trip and add more to the waterfall list 🙂

  • We are waterfall chasers and simply love them. The thing with waterfalls is that they have such a soothing effect on the senses in spite of them being spectacularly big and noisy. Iceland is a veritable treasure trove of waterfalls and each one of these is unique and magnificent in their own right.

  • WOW, these waterfalls are impressive!
    I have seen a picture of a waterfall in Iceland where you can stand behind it. Do you know its name?

    • Thanks for the comment Veronica. You can stand behind Seljalandsfoss. It is quite a different view compared to looking at the waterfall from the front.

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