Waterfalls in Iceland

There are so many amazing waterfalls in Iceland. There are over 200 named waterfalls in Iceland and a lot of them belong to the most visited waterfalls of Europe. Iceland is popular by tourists.

The beauty of Iceland is that it is a quite small country 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).

I only visited Iceland once but a I will return to Iceland definitely to vist all those gorgeous waterfalls again.

Iceland is a land of natural wonders, and its waterfalls are no exception. With over 10,000 waterfalls to choose from, Iceland is known as the "Land of Waterfalls." These waterfalls are of all shapes and sizes, from towering cascades to hidden gems.

Iceland is also a very wet country, with an average of 1,500 millimeters (59 inches) of rain per year. This combination of factors creates the perfect conditions for waterfalls to form.

There are a few things that make Iceland's waterfalls so special. Iceland is a geologically active country, which means that there are many volcanoes and glaciers. These volcanoes and glaciers create the perfect conditions for waterfalls to form.

Iceland is also home to a variety of different landscapes, including mountains, glaciers, and lava fields. This variety in landscapes means that there is a waterfall to suit everyone's taste. Whether you are looking for a waterfall that cascades down a mountainside or a waterfall that flows through a lava field, Iceland has it all.

And Iceland is a relatively unpopulated country, which means that many of the waterfalls are still in their natural state. This means that you can experience the waterfalls in their full glory, without the crowds.

Google map with waterfalls in Iceland

Google Maps is ideal for me when I travel and want to have insight into what I want to do. I also use Google maps to list all waterfalls in Iceland on a map. Expand the  map (in the top-right corner) to get access to all features. 
The green pointers are (in my opinion), the bigger and best waterfalls to visit. The blue circles are small waterfalls, or aren't explored by me.
When choosing a waterfall, you will see a link to the waterfall where you have travel information about this waterfall in Iceland, where to park your car, exact gps coordinates, height, etc... Everything you want to know when you want to visit a waterfall in Iceland.

List of all waterfalls in Iceland

At this time it isn't possible to embed a list with all waterfall in Iceland on this page. But I can link to a new page, so I made a screenshot on which you can click. I have listed over 200 waterfalls in Iceland but I know there are more. These 200 waterfalls are the known ones you can visit. Unfortunately I only visited Iceland ones to explore its waterfalls. My journey brought us around Iceland, staying on ring road 1, with some side roads. If you want to add or want to correct information/pictures, please do and send me a message.

Top waterfalls in Iceland

Iceland's unique geological features, including its glaciers, volcanoes, and rugged terrain, provide the perfect canvas for some of the world's most mesmerizing waterfalls. From the iconic to the hidden gems, each cascade tells a story of Iceland's dynamic natural forces.


Gullfoss - The Golden Falls

Gullfoss, meaning "Golden Falls," is a majestic two-tiered waterfall located in the canyon of the Hvítá River. Its powerful cascades and the surrounding mist create a mesmerizing sight, earning its place as one of Iceland's most visited and photographed attractions.

Seljalandsfoss - The Enchanting Curtain

Seljalandsfoss offers a unique experience as it allows visitors to walk behind the curtain of water. This enchanting waterfall plunges from the cliff edge, creating a stunning, immersive atmosphere and a perfect photo opportunity.

Waterfalls in Iceland: Skogafoss

Skógafoss - The Roaring Giant

Skógafoss, with its thunderous roar, is a massive waterfall situated on the Skógá River. The sheer power of the cascading water, combined with its 60-meter drop, makes it a must-see destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Dettifoss - Europe's Mightiest Waterfall

Venture into the remote northeast to witness the sheer power of Dettifoss, Europe's most potent waterfall. Fed by the glacial waters of the Jokulsa a Fjollum river, Dettifoss is a symphony of thundering water, mist, and rocky grandeur. Standing on the viewing platforms, visitors can feel the ground tremble beneath the force of nature.

Dettifoss waterfall in Iceland
Hraunfossa​r waterfall in Iceland

Hraunfossar - The Lava Falls

Hraunfossar, or "Lava Falls," is a series of waterfalls streaming out of the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Unlike traditional falls, Hraunfossar flows through a series of rivulets and cascades, creating a delicate and picturesque scene against the dark lava backdrop.

Svartifoss - an Unique Basalt Column Waterfall

Svartifoss is a beautiful waterfall in Iceland. It is located in the east of Iceland, and is a popular destination for hiking and camping. Svartifoss is a single-tiered waterfall that is over 80 feet tall. The water plunges down into a pool below, and the surrounding rocks are black, which gives the waterfall its name.

Svartifoss - Skaftafell
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My last travels to waterfalls in Iceland


Summer 2011 – roundtrip Iceland

Iceland is after Norway fare out the best country in Europe when you want to chase waterfalls. In the summer of 2011 my daughter was 13, a good age to start and remember unforgettable journeys. So we decide to book a roundtrip holiday on Iceland. This was the first holiday with the three of us, not at the mainland of Europe. In recent years I had become addicted to waterfalls, so our Itinerary of 11 days brought us along many waterfalls. Most of the beautiful waterfalls in Iceland are easy to reach of you take the ring road 1.

Waterfalls in Iceland: Gulfoss
Waterfalls in Iceland: Skogafoss
Waterfalls in Iceland: Hraunfossa​r

Pictures of waterfalls in Iceland

Waterfalls in Iceland: Seljalands​foss

Many people go to Iceland specifically to photograph waterfalls. Iceland is among the most photogenic countries in the world and has a unique biodiversity. Iceland is a volcanic island with several glaciers. A guarantee for beautiful and powerful waterfalls.

Waterfalls in Iceland: Foss a Sidu
Waterfalls in Iceland: Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss
Waterfalls in Iceland: Gufufoss

Videos of waterfalls in Iceland

My last and only visit to Iceland was July 2011. Making video's of waterfalls was not very common at that time. This video is taken in the north of Iceland and is the impressive waterfall Dettifoss. This is one of the most powerful waterfall in Europe and is a must to visit. Unfortunately I don't have footage of waterfalls in Iceland yet, but I made a small collection of the best Youtube video's of waterfalls in Iceland. Just for inspiration.

Travel information waterfalls in Iceland

How to Get to Iceland's Waterfalls

There are many ways to get to Iceland's waterfalls. Car rental is a popular option, as it gives you the freedom to explore the country at your own pace. You can also take a guided tour, which is a great way to learn about the history and geology of the waterfalls.

When to Visit Iceland's Waterfalls

The best time to visit Iceland's waterfalls is during the summer months, from June to August. The weather is warmer and the days are longer, which gives you more time to explore. However, the waterfalls can be crowded during this time of year. If you prefer a more peaceful experience, you can visit in the shoulder seasons, from April to May or September to October.

Tips for Visiting Iceland's Waterfalls

  • Be prepared for the weather. The weather in Iceland can change rapidly, so it is important to be prepared for rain, wind, and sun.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking, so it is important to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bring water and snacks. There are not many places to eat or drink near the waterfalls, so it is important to bring your own snacks and water.
  • Be respectful of the environment. Please do not leave any trash behind and be careful not to damage the vegetation.
  • Enjoy the experience! Iceland's waterfalls are some of the most beautiful in the world. Take your time to enjoy the scenery and the sound of the water.

Iceland's waterfalls are a must-see for any visitor to the country. With their stunning beauty and powerful presence, they are sure to leave you in awe.

Best free detailed hiking maps for waterfalls in Iceland

Waterfalls in Iceland: Hiking maps

Online hiking maps Iceland

Iceland is a fascinating country with a diverse landscape of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, and waterfalls. With its rugged terrain, Iceland is a great destination for hikers looking for an outdoor adventure. Fortunately, there are several online hiking maps of Iceland that can help you plan your hike and navigate the terrain.

One of the best online hiking maps of Iceland is the SDI Iceland map. This free online map is available to anyone with an internet connection. The map offers detailed information on hiking trails and paths. It also allows you to easily search for specific points of interest. You can choose several map layouts.

If you want even more detailed information, the Icelandic Hiking Association's website is a great resource. This website offers detailed information on trails, as well as maps of specific areas. Additionally, the website includes safety tips and advice for hikers, so you can be sure to stay safe while exploring the terrain.

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