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10 most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland

There are so many incredible waterfalls in Iceland, that will simply take your breath away. Here are the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

We love driving around Iceland with our customers and showing them all the incredible waterfalls. There are so many of them. Some are majestic, others are powerful while yet others are simply awesome.

Each has their own characteristic and some are very popular tourist attractions.

Here is a list of our favorite waterfalls in Iceland in no particular order. Each and everyone is beautiful in their own rights and if you like waterfalls, make sure you see some of these when you come to Iceland.

Godafoss waterfall

When is the best time to visit Iceland - Godafoss

Godafoss waterfall is a stunning waterfall in northern part of Iceland. As the story goes, when Icelanders decided to become Christians in the year 1000 AD, the pagan chieftain that everyone at the Althing assembly agreed on would arbitrate and decide on this, Thorgeir Ljosvetningagodi, returned home, which was only a short distance from the waterfall.

He brought his pagan idols to Godafoss and threw them into the waterfall. The pagan gods became so enraged, that they split the waterfall in two and thus it has been ever since.

Dynjandi waterfall

Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords is by many Icelanders, especially those that hail from the Westfjords area, the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. And no wonder, the multi-tiered waterfall is stunning.

The name, Dynjandi, is fitting. It translates as Roaring, and as you visit the waterfall you will understand why. There are in fact seven waterfalls in this location and the area amplifies the constant noise from them.

Háifoss waterfall

Háifoss waterfall in South-Iceland is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. It is only reachable by driving a gravel road (only 4×4 vehicles) and hiking for a short while.

But the trip is more than worth it. You park by the viking ruins of Stong, a large farmstead where the viking Gaukur once lived, but the farm got buried under ash in an eruption in the 12th century. The ruins were excavated in early 20th century.

The hiking trail is stunning and the waterfall as well. The name, Háifoss, translates as The High Waterfall, and how true that name is.

Dettifoss waterfall

Dettifoss waterfall is a popular stop along the Ring Road. The waterfall is in North Iceland, not far from Asbyrgi and part of the Jokulsargljufur National Park.

Dettifoss is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, fed by glacial waters from Vatnajokull glacier. This is an incredible sight and was the setting for the first scenes in the film Prometheus by Ridley Scott.

Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss waterfall in South-Iceland is one of the most popular natural attractions in Iceland. The sheer waterfall is not far from Route 1.

You can both explore this majestic waterfall from below or climb the steep steps to see it from above.

Bruarfoss waterfall

Bruarfoss waterfall is one of the lesser known waterfalls in Iceland. Not many tourists stop there, since there are other waterfalls nearby that are more popular.

This waterfall is however incredibly beautiful and even though you need to hike for a short while to get there, it is more than worth it and we fully recommend it. The pristine waters make this waterfall unique.

Hraunfossar waterfall

Hraunfossar waterfall is an absolute favorite. This waterfall is one of a kind in the world, since the water sprouts forth from underneath a lava field.

Located in West-Iceland, this is a stop we fully recommend whenever we are travelling there. This is a must-see.

Hjálparfoss waterfall

Hjálparfoss waterfall is in fact two waterfalls, of two separate rivers, that join in this incredible way.

The waterfall is located in Thjorsardalur valley in South-Iceland and is a great stop. If offers great photo opportunities and the surroundings are serene and extra-ordinary.

Fossalar waterfalls

Fossalar waterfalls in South-Iceland are one of the lesser known waterfalls in Iceland, but the waterfalls are beautiful. The river falls amidst a lava field and the river falls in many small waterfalls.

The lava field was created in the super-eruption of Laki in 1783, which is one of the deadliest eruption in history.

Faxi waterfall

Faxi waterfall in South-Iceland is along the Golden Circle, making it a perfect stop for anyone that likes waterfalls.

The waterfall is breathtaking and in the summertime you might get a glimpse of North-Atlantic salmon jumping into it. More likely you will see a fisherman or two try their luck there.

The waterfall is accessible all years.

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