Waterfalls in Iceland

Travelling to Iceland you should know that tap water is safe to drink in Iceland and it is one of the countries with cleanest water in the world. This wonderful asset of Iceland produces a multitude of fun and exciting things to do in Iceland. Water in Iceland is harnessed in many environmentally friendly ways, Iceland's hydroelectric power plants power almost all the country, geothermal water heats the houses and swimming pools and tap water is safe and clean.

Iceland is unusually suited for waterfalls because of its location an climate. The magnificent nature of Iceland is adorned in the flowing ribbons that are the Icelandic waterfalls. The North Atlantic climate produces frequent rain and snow and a near-Arctic location that produces large glaciers, whose summer melts feed many rivers. As a result, Iceland is home to a number of large and powerful waterfalls not to mention beautiful ones.

If you are visiting Iceland or are on an Icelandic holiday then you will probably be asked, both by the locals and other tourists in Iceland, about the famous Icelandic waterfall called Gullfoss. It is one of the more popular tourist destinations in Iceland.

Gullfoss (English: Golden Falls) is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in south west Iceland.The wide Hvítá rushes southward and about a kilometre above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step "staircase" and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep. The crevice, about 20 m (60 ft) wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. As one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth. The Gullfoss waterfall is one of two magical Icelandic natural phenomena seen on the Golden circle tour offered by various tour companies in Iceland.


Here you will find a list of Icelandic waterfalls and some information and statistics on them including the Gullfoss waterfall.

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Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall

 Close to Godafoss, Aldeyjarfoss is located deeper in the Icelandic highlands next to road 842 (known as Kjölur). 

Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss is considered to be Europe’s most powerful waterfall reaching almost 44m/144ft in height and about 100m/330ft in width. 

Dynjandi Waterfall

 Many Icelanders state that Dynjandi, also known as Fjallfoss, is the most beautiful and photogenic waterfall in Iceland. Dynjandi is in fact a series of multiple waterfalls...

Glymur Waterfall

Standing at about 196m/643ft, Glymur is regarded as the highest waterfall in Iceland. Located in Hvalfjordur, which is about a 50min drive from Reykjavik, this waterfall boasts beautiful...

Gullfoss Waterfall

The most popular tourist attraction in Iceland, Gullfoss, is the waterfall of Iceland. Together with Geysir and Þingvellir, these three natural destinations form the popular...

Haifoss Waterfall

The waterfall Háifoss is situated near the volcano Hekla in the south of Iceland. The river Fossá, a tributary of Þjórsá, drops here from a height of 122 m.

Hraunfossar Waterfall

Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls formed by smaller brooks streaming over a distance of about 900 meters out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field which flowed 

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland as it was notably utilized as a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6. This waterfall of the river...