Known for its large glaciers, the iconic northern lights, and a rare black sand beach, Iceland’s dramatic landscapes also include innumerable waterfalls, some of which are the most beautiful in the world. Here are the top five waterfalls one can see:
In the southern part of the country, approximately five kilometres from the coastal town of Skógar, the Skógafoss waterfalls are one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Falling down a good 60 metres, they are 25 metres in width. One can walk close to the cascades, but must be ready for a shower. The bonus, a much anticipated one of course, is the view of a rainbow that appears in either a single or double stripes due to the constant spray of water.
Part of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle tour, Gullfoss or the golden waterfall, is an iconic waterfall in the country. It is situated in the southern part of the country, on the Hvítá (white) river, which is fed by Iceland´s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. This wonder cascades down 32 metres, in two stages and into a rugged canyon whose walls reach up to 70 metres.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland. At 65 metres, it offers a rare view together with its unperturbed natural environs. It is a gem for the southern part of the country, for not just its dramatic outlook, but also the parallel simplicity. Of course, expect heavy showers when close to it so prepare accordingly.
Literally the waterfall of the gods, the Goðafoss waterfalls are named so on the grounds of local folklore. Cascading from the river Skjálfandafljót, they fall from a height of 12 metres and expand over a width of 30 metres. Located in northern-central Iceland, Godafoss are the archetypal perfect waterfalls one can imagine.
With 500 cubic metres of water plunging over its edge per second, Detifoss is perhaps the only waterfall with the most volume of water in Iceland. It is 45 metres high and 100 metres wide. A hiking trail of 34km runs along its canyon, also making camping possible at a point.
Interestingly, there are also many legends associated with each of these waterfalls, which await an explorer’s discovery, when they hike up to the gushing waters.