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7 Waterfalls To See In Iceland

October 31, 2017
Bruarfoss

Visiting “The Land of Fire and Ice” has been on my to-do list for some time. The striking and majestic beauty of this place is truly a sight to behold and I was completely taken by the grandeur and splendor of this place.

Here are my picks for the 7 waterfalls to see when in Iceland!

1. Öxarárfoss

My favourite part about this waterfall was the journey to it.
Arriving at the parking lot, pass through the gate and descend to what looks like Middle Earth. After traversing through the rock canyon you will then follow the wooden path straight to the waterfall.

Oxararfoss

Oxararfoss

2. Gullfoss

Gullfoss is called the “Golden Falls”.  Even on a rainy day the falls is a sight to behold.

There’s a story that long ago there was a discussion of a hydroelectric project involving the falls. The daughter of a farmer walked barefoot through Reykjavik saying she would throw herself into the falls if the project was not stopped. Now, the farmer’s daughter was celebrated by a monument by Gulfoss.

Gulfoss

Gulfoss

3. Seljalandsfoss

Definitely one of Iceland’s popular tourist destinations. The waterfall is about 60 meters high and it was very exciting to be able to explore behind the waterfall.

There are steps on both sides of the waterfall but it is still very slippery. Safety is always first, so tread carefully.

Seljalandsfoss

4. Skogafoss

Another popular location in the Golden Circle.

The power of this waterfall is impressive and I would recommend keeping a small cloth in your bag to wipe down after.

Skogafoss

5. Hundafoss Waterfall in Skaftafell National Park

In under 30 minutes, you can reach this view with minimal effort. An interval series of stairs and a well-maintained route through golden leaves will take you to this spectacular view.

Hundafoss

Hundafoss

6. Bruarfoss

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How To Get To Bruarfoss

Located about an hour drive from Reykjavik, this waterfall is known for its beautiful blue water.

Out of all of the waterfalls listed, this was the most challenging to get to.

I recommend using Google Maps to map to Bruafoss

Google Maps From Reykjavik

This will get you to the private property where the falls are located within. The easiest way to get to the trail is to look for Campsite #9.

The unpaved road on your left-hand side is a bit before that Campsite. If you pass Campsite 10/11 you will see the barbed wire fence and know that you have gone too far.

It is a straight line on the dirt path that will take you to the falls. You will reach a fork in the path, be sure to continue straight on the right and not in the direction of the sign.

Shortly you will arrive at a bridge, cross the bridge and you will soon be at the glorious falls.

It was incredibly muddy when I went in October, I recommend wearing hiking shoes with good grip and strongly advise against running shoes.

7. Faxi

I truly enjoy having to walk only a few steps from the parking lot to a beautiful waterfall.

Also located in the Golden Circle, I would imagine a bright, magical blue on a sunny day.

Faxi Faxi Faxi

Click the link below to see Google Maps with all of the waterfall locations:

Google Maps with Waterfall Locations

I would love to know what waterfalls were your favourite in Iceland!

Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,

Michelle

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  • Ella Ames October 31, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Wow, what stunning photos!! You’re giving me the travel bug!!:)

    • MichelleN October 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thank you Ella! It would be a great stopover if you are on your way to Europe! 🙂

  • Cindy October 31, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Wow! Several waterfalls on this list that I didn’t see on my trip to Iceland. Must go back!

    • MichelleN October 31, 2017 at 11:11 am

      There are waterfalls everywhere! I would love to do a longer Europe trip next time =)

  • Chandan October 31, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Excellent compilation of all the waterfalls. Iceland is such a magical country. Seljalandsfoss is definitely the most popular one out there. This post would be a great help for our planning. Great post, Michelle 🙂

    • MichelleN October 31, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Chandan! Thank you so much for reading, and I’m so glad you found it helpful! 🙂

  • Ivana November 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Stunning photos! You’ve just made me seriously want to pack my bags and go to Iceland! 🙂 Love your work!

    • MichelleN November 7, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Ivana! It was a great time 🙂

  • Samantha November 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    This is a great list! I didn’t realize there were SO many waterfalls there. and the tips for directions is so helpful 🙂

    • MichelleN November 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Samantha! When driving around I felt like they were everywhere! So glad you found the directions helpful:)

  • Larah November 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful! I loved Iceland so much! It’s my favourite country. I loved it so much that my fiance and I are planning to get married there 🙂

    • MichelleN November 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Larah! It was such a good time, I love being surrounded by nature. Oh my! Congratulations! All of your photos are going to be amazing =)