Iceland

Waterfalls in IcelandThe most beautiful waterfalls in Europe are located in Iceland. There are over 200 named waterfalls in Iceland and a lot of them belong to the most beautiful waterfalls of Europe. Most people only visit the famous waterfalls in the Golden Circle like Gulfoss, Faxi and Öxarárfoss in Þingvellir national park. But especially in the southern parts of Iceland there are so many beautiful waterfalls.

The beauty of Iceland is that it quite small and that you relatively simple can visit waterfalls in Iceland from ring road 1 (which runs all around Iceland and is 1.500 kilometer long). In the south of Iceland you easily can visit the beautiful Seljalandsfoss, the powerful Skógafoss or the photogenic Svartifoss in Skaftafell national park.

There are to many waterfalls in Iceland to mention them all, but in the list below you can browse through all waterfalls I have listed (two hundred).


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Map of waterfalls in Iceland



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Best rated waterfalls in Iceland


Name Region Locations Height # Rating #
Dettifoss Norðurland Húsavík, Ásbyrgi (Norður-Þingeyjarsýsla) 44 m44
4
Gullfoss Suðurland Selfoss, Laugarvatn, Geysir (Árnessýsla) 32 m32
4
Haifoss Suðurland Stöng, Þjórsárdalur (Árnessýsla) 122 m122
4
Hengifoss (Fjotsdalsheidi) Austurland Fljótsdalsheiði, Egilsstaðir (Norður-Múlasýsla) 128 m128
4
Hjalparfoss Suðurland Þjórsárdalur, Stöng (Árnessýsla) 13 m13
4
Litlanesfoss Austurland, Norður-Múlasýsla Fljótsdalsheiði-Egilsstaðir 35 m35
4
Seljalandsfoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Skógar 65 m65
4
Skogafoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Skógar 62 m62
4
Stjornarfoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Kleifar 6 m6
4
Systrafoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Kirkjubæjarklaustur 80 m80
4
Bergarfoss Norðurland vestra Laugarbakki, Víðidal, Kolugljúfur (Vestur-Húnavatnssýsla) 40 m40
3.5
Dynjandi Vestfirðir Arnarfjörður, Dynjandisvogur (Vestur-Ísafjarðarsýsla) 100 m100
3.5
Fagrifoss Suðurland Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Lakagígar (Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla) 80 m80
3.5
Foss a Sidu Suðurland Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Skaftafell (Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla) 30 m30
3.5
Glymur Vesturland Reykjavík, Hvalfjörður (Kjósarsýsla) 198 m198
3.5
Godafoss (Akureyri) Norðurland Akureyri, Fosshóll (Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla) 12 m12
3.5
Hraunfossar Vesturland Borgarnes, Reykholt, Húsafell (Mýrarsýsla) 10 m10
3.5
Kirkjufoss Austurland Egilsstaðir, Fljótsdalur, Snæfell (Norður-Múlasýsla) 40 m40
3.5
Strutsfoss Austurland, Norður-Múlasýsla Egilsstaðir-Sturluflöt 120 m120
3.5
Vatnsleysufoss Suðurland, Árnessýsla Hrunamannahreppur 7 m7
3.5
Granni Suðurland Stöng, Þjórsárdalur (Árnessýsla) 100 m100
3.5
Kerlingarfoss (Suðurhraun) Suðurland Leppistungur, Hrunamannahreppur, Suðurhraun (Central Iceland) 50 m50
3.5
Hangandifoss Suðurland Múlagljúfur, Kvisker, Jökulsárlón 110 m110
3.5
Valafoss Vesturland, Snæfellsnes Ljósufjöll 60 m60
3.5
Aldeyjarfoss Norðurland eystra Fossholl, Störatunga, Laugar (Suður-Þingeyjasýsla) 20 m20
3
Bjarnafoss Vesturland Búðir, Snæfellsnesi (Snæfellsnes) 80 m80
3
Bruarfoss (Laugarvatn) Suðurland Laugarvatn, Úthlíð (Árnessýsla) 2+3 m2
3
Drifandisfoss Vestfirðir Bæir, Digranes, Hornvík (Norður-Ísafjarðarsýsla) 60 m60
3
Fardagafoss Austurland Egilsstaðir (Norður-Múlasýsla) 20 m20
3
Mogafoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Kirkjubæjarklaustur-Síða 40 m40
3
Gjafoss Suðurland Þjórsárdalur, Stöng (Árnessýsla) 15 m15
3
Gljúfurárfoss Suðurland Hvolsvöllur, Skógar, Eyjafjöll (Rangárvallasýsla) 60 m60
3
Grundarfoss Vesturland Grundarfjörður (Snæfellsnes) 70 m70
3
Gufufoss (Egilsstaðir) Austurland Egilsstaðir, Seyðifjörður (Norður-Múlasýsla) 12 m12
3
Hafragilsfoss Norðurland eystra Húsavík 27 m27
3
Hnubbafossar Suðurland Sigalda, Landmannalaugar (Rangárvallasýsla) 10 m10
3
Hofsarfoss Norðurland eystra Dalvík, Hofsá (Eyjafjarðarsýsla) 100 m100
3
Hrauneyjafoss Suðurland Sigalda, Landmannalaugar (Rangárvallasýsla) 29 m29
3
Hundafoss (Skaftafell) Suðurland Skaftafell (Austur-Skaftafellssýsla) 25 m25
3
Husarfoss Vestfirðir Ófeigsfjörður (Strandasýsla) 10+15 m10
3
Irarfoss Suðurland Hvolsvöllur, Skógar (Rangárvallasýsla) 60 m60
3
Kerafoss Norðurland vestra Blonduós, Vatnsdalur (Austur-Húnavatnssýsla) 15 m15
3
Ketubjorg Norðurland vestra Dalshorn, Skagafjörður/Skagaheiði (Skagafjarðarsýsla) 120 m120
3
Kvernufoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Skógar 40 m40
3
Magnusarfoss Suðurland, Austur-Skaftafellssýsla Skaftafell 10 m10
3
Mongufoss Vestfirðir Rauðamýri - Unaðsdalur 60 m60
3
Múlafoss (Egilsstaðir) Austurland, Norður-Múlasýsla Egilsstaðir-Seyðisfjörður 7 m7
3
Nupsarfoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Núpsstaður 10+15 m10
3
Ofaerufoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Vík í Mýrdal - Eldgjá 40 m40
3
Oxararfoss Suðurland, Árnessýsla Reykjavík - Þingvellir 7 m7
3
Raudarfoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Kirkjubæjarklaustur 20 m20
3
Raudufossar Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hrauneyjafossstöð - Landmannahellir 60 m60
3
Selfoss (Húsavík) Norðurland, Norður-Þingeyjarsýsla Húsavík - Ásbyrgi 10 m10
3
Selfoss (Hvolsvollur) Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Skógar 40 m40
3
Selvadsfoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Skógar 20-40 m20
3
Svartifoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Skaftafell 20 m20
3
Tröllfossar Suðvestuland, Kjósasýsla Reykjavík - Mosfellsdalur 10 m10
3
Múlafoss (Djúpivogur) Austurland, Suður-Múlasýsla Djúpivogur 12 m12
3
Barnafoss (Skjálfandafljót) Norðurland eystra Fosshóll, Bárðardalur (Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla) 5 m5
3
Svöðufoss Vesturland-Snæfellsnes Rif - Hellissandur - Ólafsvík 40 m40
3
Bolugil ravine Norðurland vestra Varmahlíð in Skagafjörður 140 m140
3
Midfoss (Hvolsvöllur) Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Skógar 25 m25
3
Gljúfursárfoss Norðurland Vopnafjörður (Norður-Múlasýsla) 45 m45
3
Sigöldugljufur canyon waterfalls Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Sigalda - Landmannalaugar 20 m20
3
Axlarfoss Suðurland Snæbýli, Skaftárhreppur (Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla) 8 m8
2.5
Barnafoss (Reykholt) Vesturland Reykholt, Húsafell (Borgarfjörður) 5 m5
2.5
Budareyrarfoss Austurland Norður-Múlasýsla, Seyðisfjörður 60 m60
2.5
Dalfoss Norðurland Blönduós, Öxl, Forsæludalur (Austur-Húnavatnssýsla) 10 m10
2.5
Djupavikurfoss Vestfirðir Djúpavík, Reykjarfjörður (Strandasýsla) 160 m160
2.5
Drapufoss Suðurland Hvolsvöllur, Breiðabolsstaður (Rangárvallasýsla) 20 m20
2.5
Dynkur Suðurland Þjórsárdalur, Búrfell, Kóngsás (Árnessýsla) 50 m50
2.5
Eyjabakkafoss Austurland Fljótsdalur (Norður-Múlasýsla) 10 m10
2.5
Folaldafoss Austurland Djúpivogur, Öxi(road) (Suður-Múlasýsla) 0
2.5
Fossarfoss Austurland Djúpivogur (Suður-Múlasýsla) 15 m15
2.5
Gljufurleitarfoss Suðurland Þjórsárdalur, Sandafell, Kongsás (Árnessýsla) 10 m10
2.5
Gluggafoss Suðurland Hvolsvöllur, Fljótshlíð (Rangárvallasýsla) 120 m120
2.5
Godafoss (Bjarnarfjörður) Norðurland vestra Bjarnarfjörður (Strandasysla) 30 m30
2.5
Hengifoss (Eskifjordur) Austurland Eskifjörður, Neskaupsstaður (Suður-Múlasýsla) 30 m30
2.5
Hestafoss Suðurland Hvolsvöllur, Skógar (Rangárvallasýsla) 30 m30
2.5
Hvitarfoss Suðurland Vestur-Skaftafells 10+15 m10
2.5
Kálfeyrarfoss Vestfirðir Isafjörður 5 m5
2.5
Kattarfoss Vesturland Borgarnes, Hítará (Snæfellsnes) 7 m7
2.5
Kerlingarfoss (Ólafsvík) Vesturland Rif, Hellissandur, Ólafsvík (Snæfellsnes) 60 m60
2.5
Klifbrekkufossar Austurland Egilsstaðir 90 m90
2.5
Klittnafoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Breiðabolsstaður 15 m15
2.5
Kolufossar Norðurland, Vestur-Húnavatnssýsla Laugarbakki - Blönduós- Kolugljúfur 8 m8
2.5
Kotagill Norðurland, Skagafjarðarsýsla Varmahlíð in Skagafjörður - Akureyrir 35 m35
2.5
Lambárfoss Suðvesturland, Borgarfjarðarsýsla Hvalfjörður-Skorradalur-Lundarreykjardalur 10 m10
2.5
Nauthusafoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Þórsmörk 20 m20
2.5
Ofeigsfoss Vesturland, Snæfellsnes Ljosufjoll - Stykkishólmur - Narfeyri 15 m15
2.5
Rettarfoss Norðurland, Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla Húsavík - Ásbyrgi 12 m12
2.5
Reykjafoss Norðurland, Skagafjarðarsýsla Varmahlíð - Reykir 20 m20
2.5
Sigoldufoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Sigalda - Landmannalaugar 10 m10
2.5
Skessufoss Norðurland, Austur-Húnavatnssýsla Blönduós -Öxl - Forsæludalur 8 m8
2.5
Skinandi Norðurland, Austur-Húnavatnssýsla Blönduós -Öxl - Forsæludalur 10 m10
2.5
Skiptarfoss Norðurland vestra Breiðafjörður 80 m80
2.5
Slaedufoss Austurland, Norður-Múlasýsla Egilstaðir - Fljótsdalur - Snæfell 5 m5
2.5
Thorufoss Suðvestuland, Kjósasýsla Reykjavík - Vindáshlíð 12 m12
2.5
Ullarfoss Norðurland, Austur-Húnavatnssýsla Blönduós - Langidalur - Svartárdalur 7 m7
2.5
Thjofafoss (Þjórsárdalur) Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Þjórsárdalur - Búrfell 2+3 m2
2.5
Faxi (Laugarfell) Austurland Egilsstaðir, Fljótsdalur, Snæfell (Norður-Múlasýsla) 20 m20
2.5
Thordarfoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Fljótshlíð 80 m80
2.5
Staðarfoss Vestfirðir, Austur-Barðastrandasýsla Reykhólar-Barðaströnd 30 m30
2.5
Steindyrafoss Norðurland, Eyjafjarðarsýsla Dalvík - Steindyr 15 m15
2.5
Hrafnabjargafoss Norðurland eystra Fossholl, Störatunga, Laugar (Austur-Húnavatnssýsla) 5 m5
2.5
Mígindisfoss Norðurland eystra Ólafsfjorður-Eyjafjörður 80 m80
2.5
Múlafoss (Múlagljúfur) Suðurland Múlagljúfur, Kvisker, Jökulsárlón 50 m50
2.5
Bassi fossinn Suðurland Rauðabergsmúli, Skaftafell (Fljótshverfi) 10 m10
2.5
Stuðlafoss Austurland, Norður-Múlasýsla Egilsstaðir - Fljótsdalur - Snæfell 15 m15
2.5
Flögufoss Austurland Breiðdalsvík 60 m60
2.5
Kvernafoss (Grundarfjordur) Vesturland Grundarfjörður 15-20 m15
2.5
Stakkholtsgjafoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla stakkholtsgjá canyon, Thorsmork 30 m30
2.5
Valagil (Súðavíkurhreppur) Westfjords Súðavíkurhreppur, Álftafjörður (Vestfirðir) 50-110 m50
2.5
Rjomafoss Vesturland - Snaefellsnesog Hnappadalssysla Sandhur, Olafsvik 0
2,5
Aedarfossar Norðurland eystra Adaldalur (Aðaldal) 3 m3
2
Arbajarfoss Suðurland Hella (Rangárvallasýsla) 10 m10
2
Baejarfoss Vestfirðir Arnarfjörður, Dynjandisvogur (Vestur-Ísafjarðarsýsla) 2+4 m2
2
Budararfoss Suðurland Flúðir, Gullfoss (Árnessýsla) 0
2
Draugafoss Norðurland Bakkafjörður, Skeggjastaðir (Norður-Múlasýsla) 10+15 m10
2
Fellsfoss Suðurland Jökulsárlón á Breiðaberkursandi, Reynivellir (Austur-Skaftafellssýsla) 125 m125
2
Gygjarfoss Suðurland Suðurhraun (Central Iceland) 5 m5
2
Glanni Vesturland Borgarnes, Bifröst (Borgarfjarðarsýsla) 8 m8
2
Göngufoss Vestfirðir Arnarfjörður, Dynjandisvogur (Vestur-Ísafjarðarsýsla) 5 m5
2
Hemrufoss Austurland Berufjordur (Suður-Múlasýsla) 190 m190
2
Heyarfoss Vestfirðir Reykhólar, Barðaströnd (Austur-Barðastrandasýsla) 15 m15
2
Hrafnafoss Vesturland Borgarnes, Vegamót (Snæfellsnes) 12 m12
2
Hrisvadsfoss Vestfirðir Arnarfjörður, Dynjandisvogur (Vestur-Ísafjarðarsýsla) 2 m2
2
Hvanngiljafoss Suðurland Þjórsárdalur, Búrfell, Kóngsás (Árnessýsla) 7 m7
2
Illifoss Vestfirðir Stykkishólmur, Breiðabólsstaður (Snæfellsnes) 3+5 m3
2
Ingvararfoss Norðurland eystra Fosshóll, Bárðardalur (Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla) 1+2 m1
2
Laxfoss í Borgarfirði Vesturland, Borgarfjarðarsýsla Bifröst 4 m4
2
Laxfoss i Grímsá Vesturland, Borgarfjarðarsýsla Borgarnes - Reykholt 2 m2
2
Manafoss Norðurland, Austur-Húnavatnssýsla Blönduós 2 m2
2
Midfoss (Laugarvatn) Suðurland, Árnessýsla Laugarvatn - Úthlíð 2 m2
2
Myrkarfoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Skógar 30 m30
2
Rjukandafoss (Borgarnes) Vesturland, Snæfells- og Hnappadalssýsla Borgarnes - Vegamót 20 m20
2
Sjavarfoss Vesturland, Mýrarsýsla Borgarnes - Langá 3 m3
2
Skuggafoss Vesturland, Mýrarsýsla Borgarnes - Langá 3 m3
2
Stigafoss Suðurland, Austur-Skaftafellssýsla Skaftafell - Hnappavellir 140 m140
2
Thjofafoss (Kirkjubæjarklaustur) Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Skaftafell 15 m15
2
Tröllkonuhlaup Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Þjórsárdalur - Búrfell 2+3 m2
2
Tungufoss (Hvolsvöllur) Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Keldur á Rangárvöllum 6 m6
2
Udafoss (Egilsstaðir) Austurland Egilsstaðir-Seyðisfjörður 2+3 m2
2
Udafoss (Arnarfjörður) Vestfirðir, Vestur-Ísafjarðarsýsla Arnarfjörður-Dynjandisvogur 2 m2
2
Urridafoss Suðurland, Árnessýsla Þjórsá - Villingaholt 1+3 m1
2
Vígabjargsfoss Norðurland, Norður-Þingeyjarsýsla Húsavík - Ásbyrgi 3 m3
2
Gufufoss (Rauðabergsmúli) Suðurland Rauðabergsmúli, Skaftafell (Fljótshverfi) 5 m5
2
Drekafoss Norðurland eystra Drekagil 30 m30
2
Beljandi Austurland Brekkuborg, Breiðdalsvik 4 m4
2
Gjallandi Norðurland eystra Sprengisandsleið, Vatnajökull (Hálendið) 6 m6
2
Haenubrekkufoss Austurland Öxí pass, Berufjörður 30-50 m30
2
Reykjafoss (Hveragerdi) Suðvesturland Hveragerði 3 m3
2
Skorhagafoss Vesturland Hvalfjörður 4 m4
2
Bruarfoss (Bogarnes) Vesturland Bogarnes (Borgarfjarðarsýsla) 2 m2
1.5
Budafoss Suðurland Árnes (Árnessýsla) 2 m2
1.5
Dalarfoss Suðurland Hvolsvöllur, Skógar (Rangárvallasýsla) 30 m30
1.5
Grafarlandafoss Norðurland eystra Öskjuleið, Askja (Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla) 3 m3
1.5
Hlauptungufoss Suðurland Laugarvatn, Úthlíð (Árnessýsla) 2 m2
1.5
Hrisbrekknafoss Austurland Reykjavik (Kjosarsysla) 1,5 m1
1.5
Hundafoss (Arnarfjordur) Vestfirðir Arnarfjörður, Dynjandisvogur (Vestur-Ísafjarðarsýsla) 1.5 m1
1.5
Kvíslafoss Suðvesturland, Kjósasýsla Reykjavík-Hvalfjörður 2 m2
1.5
Lagarfoss Austurland Egilsstaðir 11 m11
1.5
Ljosifoss Suðurland, Árnessýsla Selfoss - Þingvellir 6 m6
1.5
Pokafoss Suðvestuland, Kjósasýsla Reykjavík - Vindáshlíð 2 m2
1.5
Tröllafossar Vesturland, Borgarfjarðarsýsla Borgarnes - Reykholt 2 m2
1.5
Uxafotarfoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Vík í Mýrdal 30 m30
1.5
Tungufoss (Mosfellsbær) Mosfellsbær 4 m4
1.5
Falkafoss Norðurland Bakkafjörður, Miðfjörður (Norður-Múlasýsla) 2 m2
1
Kalfgilsfoss Vesturland Hvalfjörður, Skorradalur, Lundarreykjardalur (Borgarfjarðarsýsla) 1 m1
1
Kambafoss Austurland Bifröst (Myrasysla) 0
1
Selarfoss Norðurland, Norður-Múlasýsla Vopnafjörður 1,5 m1
1
Morsárfoss Austurland Skaftafell 227 m227
1
Armotafoss Suðurland Þjórsárdalur (Árnessýsla) 0
0.5
Egilsfoss Norðurland vestra Isafjorður, Rauðamyri (Isafjardarsysla) 0
0.5
Gljufrabui (Oxnadalur) Norðurland Öxnadalur, Akureyri (Eyjafjarðarsýsla) 0
0.5
Holatungufoss Suðurland Hvolsvöllur-Eyjafjöll 50 m50
0.5
Holtsarfoss Suðurland Hvolsvöllur, Skógar (Rangárvallasýsla) 50 m50
0.5
Hvitfoss Vesturland Borðeyri-Laxardalsheidi 0
0.5
Keransfoss Vesturland Stykkishólmur, Breiðabólsstaður (Snæfellsnes) 0
0.5
Kleppafoss Vesturland Hvalfjörður, Skorradalur, Lundarreykjardalur (Borgarfjarðarsýsla) 1 m1
0.5
Kristinarfoss Vesturland, Dalasýsla Búðardalur - Laxárdalur 0
0.5
Kroksfoss Vesturland, Mýrarsýsla Bifröst - Brú í Hrútafirði 0
0.5
Krossarfoss Suðurland, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Rauðaberg 0
0.5
Natthagafoss Suðurland, Árnessýsla Selfoss - Gullfoss 4 m4
0.5
Nupafoss Norðurland, Suður-Þingeyjarsýsla Stórutjarnir - Húsavík 0
0.5
Rjukandafoss (Ófeigsfjörður) Strandasýsla - Vestfirðir Ófeigsfjörður 35 m35
0.5
Sandarfoss Norðurland, Norður-Þingeyjarsýsla Þórshöfn - Raufarhöfn 15 m15
0.5
Saudarfoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur - Þórsmörk 20 m20
0.5
Snidfoss Norðurland, Norður-Múlasýsla Bakkafjörður-Miðfjörður 0
0.5
Tngufoss Suðurland, Rangárvallasýsla Hvolsvöllur-Skógar 50 m50
0.5
Einvigisfoss Norðurland Oldur, Langökull (Austur Hunavatnssysla) 0
Storifoss Austurland, Suður-Múlasýsla Höfn in Hornafjörður - Djúpivogur 0

Iceland is a volcanic island, which in itself is special in Europe, the waterfalls are often of great beauty. Add the fact that Iceland has a reason why it is called ice land; there is an overload of melted snow and ice in summer months in Iceland which feed the wildest rivers in Europe and produces enormous waterfalls. It is therefore no surprise that the most powerful waterfalls in Europe (highest flowrate in m3/sec) can be found in Iceland.

Iceland is a country with numerous waterfalls in all shapes and sizes and with very special shapes that you won’t easily find in other countries in Europe. I think that is what makes all those waterfalls in Iceland very special. For photographers waterfalls in Iceland are a grateful and photogenic subject that guarantees beautiful pictures. Besides the many beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, the landscape in Iceland is of an outer category of beauty, sometimes desolate, sometimes erratic and sometimes very colorful. Iceland is popular among photographers and nature lovers because it is so special and versatile.

The Icelandic word for waterfall is “foss” which is actually so in most Scandinavian languages. At the moment I have approximately 200 registered waterfalls in Iceland, but when I put some effort in research I will certainly discover more than 300 waterfalls that exist in Iceland. Sometimes I think it is not worth to mention them (there are a lot of rapids that are called waterfall in Iceland), but they do have an official name.

A vacation in Iceland is not cheap and the country is thinly populated. Prepare yourself and do research in advance before you go to Iceland, especially in the summer months it can be crowded and expensive. Our biggest problem was a descent restaurant for dinner, but there is always something to find. Although we took most of the time a hamburger because that was the cheapest dish.


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Biggest waterfalls by volume in Iceland


Almost all rivers and waterfalls are fed by one of the many glaciers in Iceland. The largest glacier in Europe is in the south east of Iceland with an area of 8.100 km², Vatnajökull (pronounced vat’najö’küdll) and only exceeded in size, in Europe, by the Austfonna (Spitzbergen/Norway). Vatnajökull covers 8% of Iceland with a thick layer of ice, up to 1.000 meter.

All of the powerful waterfalls in Iceland are fed with melted ice of glaciers. Around the Vatnajökull glacier there are several big waterfalls that are a tourist attraction. Skogafoss and Svartifoss in Skaftafell national park are the best known ones.

A little up north-east, also fed with melted ice from the Vatnajökull glacier, you will find Europe’s two extremely powerful waterfalls: Dettifoss and Hafragilsfoss. Both waterfalls are located in the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. At Dettifoss the average water flow is 193 m³/sec. This means that 193.000 drops down over 100 meter and a height of 44 meter, very impressive.

The most powerful of Iceland is Urriðafoss in the glacier river Þjórsá, not far from Selfoss. The average flow rate of this small waterfall is an astonishing 370 m3/sec.

Gulfoss is also a very powerful waterfall with an average flow rate of 80 m3/sec (in summer 140 m3/sec) and is situated in the river Hvítá.

  1. Urriðafoss
  2. Dettifoss (and all the other waterfall in the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum)
  3. Vatnsleysufoss/Faxi

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Highest waterfalls in Iceland


The highest waterfall in Iceland can be found in the southwest of Iceland and is called Glymur. Glymur has a total height of 198 meters. There should be a higher waterfall on the edge of the glacier in Skaftafell, but there is no information or photos available. So for now Glymur remains the highest waterfall in Iceland. Glymur is also one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and is located not far from Reijkjavik.

The second highest waterfall is Hengifoss with a height of 128 meter and is located in east Iceland.

The third highest waterfall and also one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Iceland is Háifoss í Fossá. With a height of 122 meter, situated in an astonishing scenery, a must to visit.

  1. Glymur (198 meter)
  2. Hengifoss (128 meter)
  3. Háifoss í Fossá (122 meter)

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Most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland


There are ten waterfalls I rated with four stars regarding their beauty. I know it is a personal opinion but I am sure these waterfalls belong to the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Only thing is that the sequence will differ per person. 

I think Skogafoss really belongs to the top 5 most beautiful waterfalls of Iceland. Even though the weather was very bad when we visited Skogafoss, but the power, the black and green colors and the scenery were amazing.

We forgot to visit (?) the two most beautiful waterfalls of Icleand, Háifoss í Fossá and Granni. You can catch both 100+ meter waterfall in one shot, really awesome.

Another very beautiful waterfall with an awesome shape is the Systrafoss. This waterfall is located along road 1 in the south of Iceland (where the most and most beautiful waterfalls are located).

And so I can write another page enumerating beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, but you have to discover them yourself. Iceland is worthwhile visiting with the summer months as the best period if you want to chase waterfalls. If you go early in July is not that busy yet!

  1. Háifoss í Fossá and Granni
  2. Skogafoss
  3. Systrafoss
  4. Dettifoss
  5. Gulfoss

  • Waterfalls per country