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Are you looking for the best and most beautiful waterfalls to visit in Iceland? No need to worry cause I got you covered! And what’s even better, I visited all of these waterfalls myself and I am sharing every single detail with you!
Iceland is one of my favorite countries in the entire world and every single time that I visit I am more and more amazed by its beauty. One of the main sights in Iceland are the thousands of waterfalls spread out over the entire island. Cause did you know that there are at least over 1600 waterfalls in Iceland?
Every single time you turn a corner it seems like you bump into a new one. But some of them are also a little more hidden and off the beaten path and that’s where this blog post comes in handy. I collected all of my information from my 3 visits to the land of ice and fire in this one article so you can easily add them to your own Iceland road trip itinerary.
In this article I will list the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, how to reach them, if there’s any hiking involved, what the scenery is like and if you need to expect any crowds and how to easily avoid them.
Photographing waterfalls can sometimes be a little tricky, that’s why I also made a section on all of the equipment that you’ll need and which settings to use.
- The 21 Most Beautiful Waterfalls In Iceland By Region
- Planning your trip to Iceland
- ✈️ Getting into Iceland
- 💸Iceland Travel Insurance
- 🧳 What to bring to Iceland
- 💦The Most Beautiful Waterfalls on the Golden Circle
- The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Southern Iceland
- The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the Highlands
- The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Eastern Iceland
- The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Northern Iceland
- The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Western Iceland
- 📚 More Iceland Blog Posts
- 📸 Iceland Photography Gear
- Photo Editing
The 21 Most Beautiful Waterfalls In Iceland By Region
After traveling to Iceland 3 times now I combined all of my information and experience to create this epic list of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Some waterfalls won’t be accessible all year round due to the weather circumstances in Iceland. For instance, the waterfalls listed underneath the Highlands region can only be reached during the Summer months. The Highlands are interconnected to the Ring Road through so called F-roads and most of them will be closed off due to heavy snowfall.
The Ring Road, also known as Road 1, goes around the entire island and will take you along the main sights of Iceland. You can already find a lot of stunning waterfalls only a stone’s throw away but some of them are a little more hidden and require a bit of research on how to best visit them.
In this article I listed the most beautiful waterfalls to visit when you’re in Iceland and I organized them by region!
Planning your trip to Iceland
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💰 Get reliable travel insurance from World Nomads
👩 Find a reliable tour guide, such as this South Iceland Day Tour from Reykjavik
🚘 Rent a car to travel around Iceland with SunnyCars.com
🎒 Pack a power bank, hiking shoes and trekking poles.
📚 Read How Iceland changed the world, Lonely Planet’s Iceland and Nordic Islands by Stefan Forster
✈️ Getting into Iceland
The easiest way to reach Iceland is to fly to Keflavik Airport which lies on the Reykjanes peninsula. A ton of international airlines have a stop over in Iceland and their own national air carrier IcelandAir offers a ton of daily flights from the USA and Europe.
Once you’ve arrived at the airport you can simply pick up your rental car or camper van and you’re good to go! If you’re planning on driving yourself you may want to watch out for the taxi’s outside of the airport. They tend to overcharge so you’re far better of taking one of the local busses to Reykjavik.
💸Iceland Travel Insurance
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🧳 What to bring to Iceland
Hiking shoes – You will definitely need a pair of these. Even that some attractions are located right next to a parking lot you’ll pretty much always have to hike over a rocky terrain. I love my Meindl Mountain Trail Boots for longer hikes and my Danner Mountain Light Boots for daily wear and shorter distances.
Trekking poles – These will especially come in handy cause a lot of the hikes in these guide can be rather strenuous on the joints. I used the Leki Adventure Light trekking poles for all of my hikes in Iceland!
Back Pack – You’ll want to bring a back pack with you to carry your camera, some snacks and your refillable water bottle. I love the Kanken No. 2 back pack from Fjallraven and pretty much take it with me everywhere I go.
Refillable Water Bottle – The water in Iceland is some of the freshet in the entire world so there’s no need at all to buy plastic bottles. Simply find the nearest stream to fill up your bottle and you’re good to go.
Another option is to use a back pack which has a water reservoir built inside of it. For instance this 3L Hydration Bladder is leak proof and can be stored inside a back pack.
Trail Leggings – I love hiking in leggings and have lately been loving the Abisko Trail Tights from Fjallraven.
Fast Drying Shirt – When hiking you tend to sweat, especially when climbing a mountain. One of the best things to wear is a shirt that quickly dries so you don’t get cold high up the mountain.
Insulating Jacket – Depending on the temperature you’ll either want a thicker or lighter jacket. If it’s pretty cold outside I always go for my Fjallraven Vidda Jacket. Otherwise I go for their High Coast Light Jacket which is super light weight.
Woolen cap – The perfect accessory to protect your ears from the cold and to cover your hair after a few days without a shower.
Protein Bars – Make sure you have a couple of these stowed a way in your back pack to boost up your energy level during the hike.
Sunscreen – Make sure to re apply to your face regularly cause pretty much all of the hikes that we did in Iceland were exposed most of the time. I love this one by Neutrogena which feels like a face mist but also provides SPF 50 protection!
Merino Wool Socks – My go to brand has always been Falke and I love how fast they drive after a long day of hiking. Plus since they’re made of merino wool they don’t smell and can be worn for a couple of days.
💦The Most Beautiful Waterfalls on the Golden Circle
The Southern part of Iceland is definitely one of the most frequently visited area’s in the country. And while a bunch of the waterfalls here have already claimed their famous status there are also some true hidden gems to be found! One thing you have to be aware of is that with a lot of the more famous places on the Golden Circle you’ll have to pay a parking fee. This is not the case if you drive further east, except when visiting Seljalandsfoss.
Öxarárfoss is located within Thingvellir park, which is part of the Golden Circle route and just a short ride away from Reykjavik.
How to get there – Park your car at the Öxarárfoss parking lot, from here it’s a 15 minute walk to the waterfall. First you’ll have to hike down a few boulders but afterwards the trail goes over even ground and at the end there’s even a wooden platform.
Scenery – The walk to the waterfall alone is one of the most impressive sites The Golden Circle has to offer. You walk through the tectonic plates and end up at the waterfall. During winter it is completely covered in snow which adds an extra magical touch. Oh, and did you know that Thingvellir park was used as a filming location in Game of Thrones? They used the canyon for scenes around the Vale for instance when Sansa is first arriving together with Littlefinger.
Crowds – Even that it’s located on the Golden Circle route this waterfall wasn’t that crowded and there were plenty of options to enjoy the scene and take photos. It does depend though on what time of the day you arrive. A lot of the tour busses tend to visit Thingvellir park first cause it’s the closest to Reykjavik of all the Golden Circle Stops. If you visit in the late afternoon you’ll find a lot less people here than in the morning.
Best season to visit – I absolutely loved visiting this waterfall in the winter. The boulders were covered in snow and amde it look like a winter wonderland.
Overal ranking – 6/10
Gullfoss is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland but also one of the most touristic ones. It’s the main stop on the Golden Circle and over the years it’s only grown in popularity.
How to get there – There’s a huge parking lot but watch out in the Winter season cause it can be really slippery! The trail towards the waterfall is short and fenced off. If you park at the visitors centre you’ll also have to walk down a couple flights of stairs. You can walk all the way up to the waterfall and at the end of the trail you can get a little closer. It’s not allowed to go on the grass.
TIP – The F35 starts behind Gulfoss. If you’re driving a 4×4 make sure to add a trip to Kerlingarfjöll to your itinerary. It’s one of the most breathtaking landscapes you’ll find in Iceland.
Scenery– The power with which Gulfoss pours down into the abbys truly is something else. The waterfall has different layers and looks very intimidating. If you don’t have a lot of time in Iceland it’s definitely worth a visit.
Crowds – Let’s just say that this is one of those waterfalls in Iceland where you’ll never be alone. Like I said it’s a very popular tourist attraction and a main stop on the Golden Circle tour! This is also one of the reasons why I can’t give this waterfall an overal high score.
TIP – Go berfore 8am to avoid the biggest crowds.
Overal ranking 7/10
This cute little waterfall might not be the biggest one out there in size but it sure makes up for it in beauty. The more unknown Brúarfoss is actually also located on the infamous Golden Circle but because it takes 1 hour of hiking to reach it not a lot of people visit it. So if you want to go a little bit off the beaten path in Iceland I highly recommend adding a visit toBrúarofss to your list!
How to get there – All you have to do is drive to the official parking lot and start following the trail along the river. There’s room for a little over 25 cars so try to arrive a little earlier in the day. The hike from the parking lot to Brúarfoss is 3.5km one way and is mostly on flat terrain. It’s an easy hike that you can also enjoy if you’re traveling with younger children.
Scenery – On the way to Brúarfoss you’ll come across two other waterfalls and the water is as blue in real life as in the photograph below. There’s a bridge that serves as a viewing platform and across the river you can even hike down and get a little closer to the waterfall.
Crowds – This is a very quiet hike and when we arrived at the main waterfall we were the only ones there.
Overal ranking – 7/10
The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Southern Iceland
After the Golden Circle the South coast of Iceland is definitely one of the most frequently visited places in the country. A lot of these gorgeous waterfalls can be found right next to the main road and gain more popularity every single year. Keep in mind that when visiting they’ll feel more like a tourist attraction but if it’s your first time in Iceland you should definitely add them to your itinerary.
I am not the biggest fan of Seljalandsfoss to be completely honest. The thing is during winter time there are so little daylight hours that no matter when you visit this place it’s incredibly crowded. It’s a very touristic place which takes away the feeling of adventure in my personal opinion. It felt more like arriving to a theme park attraction to me. I do think that during the Summer months it’s way better cause you can actually go at the break of dawn and no one else will be there! Another option is to go in the evening and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to witness a beautiful sunset.
How to get there – It’s right of the ring road and the parking lot is right in front of it so you pretty much can’t miss it. There’s also a camping site located just a little further down the road.
Scenery – With its 65 meter drop it sure is stunning. Another cool fact is that you can walk behind it. Then again the experience of that kinda gets ruined if you have to do that in rows and rows of people. Again, if you get the chance visit this place as early or as late as possible!
Crowds – Seljalandsfoss is one of the busiest waterfalls in Iceland!
TIP – Stay overnight at the neighboring campsite to visit Seljalandsfoss in the early morning or late in the evening.
TIP – The spray from Seljalandsfoss can be brutal for your camera gear. I used a filter on my lens to protect it from all of the water.
Overal ranking – 7/10
Skógafoss is also located in the Southern part of Iceland and is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. On a sunny day you can almost always see a single or double rainbow between 10am and 12am.
How to get there – Skógafoss is right off the ring road next to the camp site which means that you can park your camper van or car very close to the waterfall.
Scenery – With its 60 meters drop it’s one of the coolest waterfalls in entire Iceland and one of my personal favorites. So far I have visited Skógafoss twice and I love it in every single season. In June the meadow in front of it is covered in purple lupins, in summer all of the moss surrounding the waterfall is vibrant green and during the winter months it’s a true winter wonderland.
Crowds – Most tourist groups visit Seljalandsfoss first, so if you arrive early you still have it almost all to yourself! Another option is to stay here overnight. The facilities aren’t that great but nothing beats waking up to a view over Skógafoss.
TIP – You can actually hike up to the top of Skógafoss and if you have the time I highly recommend hiking the trail that starts above. It’s part of a very intensive hike to Thorsmork but within the first 8km you’ll already come across 28 other waterfalls!
Overal ranking – 8/10
It’s way less known than its neighbor Skogafoss but Kvernufoss certainly is impressive on its own! There is a beautiful canyon leading up to the waterfall and while hiking towards it you actually feel like you’re on an adventure in Iceland, away from the tourist masses. Oh and fun fact, you can also walk behind this waterfall!
How to get there – To reach Kvernufoss you have to park your car at the Skogar Museum. From there it’s a 15 minute hike to the right. You’ll come across a fence but the owners put a ladder there so you can simply climb over it. It’s a very easy hiking trail that will lead you straight behind the waterfall into a cave. But in contrary to Seljalandsfoss you can’t do a full loop. You’ll have to walk out the same way you came in.
Scenery – It looks a little like Seljalandsfoss little sister with its 40 meters drop but to me it’s one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. The canyon leading up to the waterfall looks like it came straight out of Lord of the Rings and especially the lack of big crowds adds to the entire experience.
Crowds – Kvernufoss is gaining popularity over the past years but not by big tourist companies. They tend to stick to the same waterfalls and don’t visit these hidden gems in Iceland.
Overal ranking – 8/10
Svartifoss is one of those iconic waterfalls in Iceland that you simply have to see to believe. It’s surrounded by rows and rows of basalt columns and a true sight to behold!
How to get there – When we visited Svartifoss we actually stayed at the nearby campsite Skaftafell. From here the hiking trail starts towards Svartifoss and on your way there you’ll encounter two other waterfalls as well. The hike is 1.5km and goes up at a steady incline. At times it can. get a little steep but for most parts the ground is covered with hardened plastic to prevent you from slipping too much.
Scenery – The waterfall against the black basalt columns creates a beautiful image but the big viewing platform right in front of it does make it feel like just another tourist attraction.
Crowds – We started our hike up to Svartifoss around 8pm and when we arrived had it all to ourselves. I do believe that if you visit this waterfall during the day it does get a lot more crowded.
Overal ranking – 8/10
If there’s one place in entire Iceland that I have to call my favorite… this is it! Múlagljúfur is a hidden canyon in Southern Iceland located right next to the Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
How to get there – When you’re driving on the ring road there’s no sign pointing towards it. You have to take a left onto a gravel road right here and from there follow it until you end up at a small parking lot. From there simply follow the small sticks of the hiking trail. Along the way you’ll come across several colors but all of them will take you to this beautiful canyon. The hike itself is 3.7km one way but it’s rather easy with a few inclines here and there.
Scenery – I mean, it’s a hidden canyon, with several waterfalls and you can freely roam the edges. For me it doesn’t get any better than this!
Crowds – I think we spent over 2 hours at the top simply admiring how beautiful everything is and we never saw anyone else.
Overal ranking – 10/10
The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the Highlands
Welcome to the Highlands of Iceland! The part of the country that you absolutely have to see with your very own eyes to believe it. At times it felt like I was on another planet or like I had arrived in paradise. It goes without saying that the waterfalls that you can find here are also out of this world. The Highlands are interconnected with F-roads which can only be accessed by 4×4. These gravel roads are extremely bumpy and at times will even include a river crossing or 6. Never drive in the Highlands without a 4×4 cause chances are extremely high you’ll end up damaging your rental car or even drown the engine.
We rented a 4×4 with Happy Campers and theirs even came with a snorkel to help prevent our engine from drowning.
Haifoss is with its 122 meters one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland and it’s located close to the Hekla volcano.
How to get there – Haifoss is located at the very edge of the Highlands. To get there you don’t have to drive on an official F-road but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be extremely careful if you’re not driving a 4×4. The gravel road leading up to the parking lot is very bumpy and your rental car is never insured against damage underneath the car. From the parking lot it’s only 5 minutes walking to reach one of the best viewpoints.
Scenery – Haifoss is one of the most impressive and beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. And right next to it you’ll find another waterfall that only adds to the beauty of this canyon.
Crowds – Haifoss is often overlooked by tourists cause it’s a little more out of the way. When we were there, there were only a handful of other people.
TIP – You can also hike down into the canyon which I highly recommend. It will only add 1 hour to your total visiting time but you can actually get very close to Haifoss.
Overal ranking – 9/10
Talking about paradise!Sigöldugljufur is one of those incredible hidden gems in Iceland that actually looks even better in real life! Located in the heart of the Highlands this canyon is filled with some of the bluest water I have ever seen and has waterfalls as far as the eye can see.
How to get there –Sigöldugljufur is located in the Highlands and only accessible with a 4×4. If you only have short period of time to visit you can combine it with a day trip to Landmannalaugar. You can park your car here and simply follow the hiking trail across the road. Now for the longest time you’ll think you’re in the wrong place. But once you step a little closer to the canyon you’ll actually see its beautiful landscape instead of a barren wasteland.
Scenery – I guess it goes without saying that this is one of the most scenic places in entire Iceland. If you’re visiting the Highlands this is definitely one of the top places to visit.
Crowds – One of the best parts about visiting the Highlands in Iceland is that there’s way less tourists. 95% of them stay within the vicinity of the ring road so you’ll have this hidden gem all to yourself.
Overal ranking – 10/10
Another hidden gem that can be found in the Highlands is Aldeyjarfoss! This impressive and powerful waterfall is also surrounded by basalt columns and only a short detour from the ring road in North East Iceland.
How to get there – Aldeyjarfoss is located along F26, one of the most dangerous F-roads in entire Iceland. But not. to worry, the part leading towards this particular waterfall is still okay and doesn’t contain any river crossings. It is however very rocky and bumpy and may only be reached with a 4×4. There’s a small parking lot and from there you simply hike down to the waterfall.
Scenery – The waterfall surrounded by the black columns look absolutely insane and if you’re very lucky you’ll even see a small pool at the bottom. When I was there it had been too dry the last couple of weeks but otherwise it’s definitely worth checking out.
Crowds – If you’re lucky you’ll have this place all to yourself. If not you’ll arrive together with a big tour bus. However they usually just have a look and then take off again so if you wait a little they’re gone before you know it.
TIP – Since 2016 small flies are becoming a plague in the Northern part. ofIceland and there were a lot of them here. Bring some DEET with you just to be sure so you don’t get bitten.
Overal ranking – 7/10
The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Eastern Iceland
You’re not wrong if you’re even a little surprised that there’s a section on beautiful waterfalls in Eastern Iceland as well. Cause before planning this trip I had no idea either. But there I was, adding more and more waterfall stops to our itinerary. And I have to say that I saw a lot more of them than I even listed here. The biggest tip I can give you is to visit Seydisfjordur and just admire your surroundings.
Let’s be honest, Skútafoss is on no one’s radar when driving the ring road in Iceland. But it should be! This cute waterfall is located really close to Vestrahorn so while you’re in the neighborhood why not make a quick stop here to visit this little gem.
How to get there – The small road up toSkútafoss is pretty bumpy but from the parking lot it’s only 10 minutes walking until you reach it.
Scenery – The water below the waterfall is vibrant blue and on the right side of it there’s also a cave where you can either take shelter from the rain or simply sit down and admire what Iceland is all about.
TIP – You can also hike up next to the waterfall and end up right on top of it.
Crowds – You can be damn sure that you’ll have this place entirely to yourself.
Overal ranking – 8/10
When I first saw a photograph of Hengifoss I couldn’t believe my eyes. It looked like something from another planet. The waterfall cuts right through the mountain which is why you can clearly see the vibrant colours of all the different earth layers.
How to get there – Hengifoss was actually a lot more accessible and touristic as I imagined. There’s a big parking lot at the bottom and a. ig part of the hiking trail is covered with hardened plastic. From the parking lot it’s a 2.5km hike and for your visit you have to calculate in 2 hours. On your way to Hengifoss you’ll first encounter another beautiful waterfall called Litlanesfoss.
Scenery – When visiting Hengifoss you can only reach it from the bottom and you can’t hike up. The image below can only be achieved by using a drone.
Crowds – We arrived as one of the first ones in the morning but when we hiked back down we saw that the parking lot was almost completely full.
Overal ranking – 6/10
This is the ideal waterfall to visit if you’re spending some time atSeydisfjordur! The fjord is filled with waterfalls on all sides but Gufufoss is very easy to reach.
How to get there – You’ll pass by Gufufoss if you’re either driving towards or fromSeydisfjordur. There’s a small parking spot right next to the road and from there it’s not even 5 minutes walking.
Scenery – The entire area is absolutely beautiful and very scenic.
Crowds –Seydisfjordur itself can be pretty crowded, especially since it’s also a stop for big cruise ships. However, if you’re visiting in the morning or evening I can guarantee that you’ll have this spot all to yourself.
Overal ranking – 6/10
Klifbrekkufoss was by far the biggest surprise to us! Tucked away in one of the Eastern fjords this beautiful waterfall completely blew us away.
How to get there – The best part is that it’s actually super easy to reach! Simply drive down the road and park your car in the designated parking space. One things you do have to keep in mind is that the top of the fjord can be extremely clouded and you’ll be driving through thick fog. So take it slow and be careful on your way down.
Scenery –Klifbrekkufoss is absolutely stunning! It’s not necessarily the biggest waterfall in Iceland but all of the different layers make it look like something out of a fairytale.
Crowds – This one of those places that deserves a 10/10 simply because it feels so secluded. We didn’t see any other car within the area and it was absolutely blissful and amazing.
Overal ranking – 9/10
The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Northern Iceland
The landscape of Northern Iceland is completely different to its Southern counterpart. While the South is very lush and green the North is more rocky and dry. But while the main surroundings may be little less impressive this does not mean its waterfalls are!
Dettifoss certainly is impressive with it’s 100 meters width and it has the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe (500 cubic meters of water pour down every second). Therefore you can call it the most powerful waterfall in Europe! It’s located about half an hour driving from the ring road and a little before lake Myvatn.
How to get there – You can actually visit Dettifoss from both sides! The Western parking lot is the most famous one and will grant you the view over this powerful waterfall that you can see below. From the East side the hike towards the waterfall is a little more adventurous but you can get a lot closer to it.
Scenery – The waterfall itself is very impressive but definitely not my favorite cause a lot of the pathways to get closer were closed off.
Crowds – Most tours visit Dettifoss in the morning so. ifyou arrive a little later in the evening you won’t see many other people here.
Overal ranking – 9/10
Selfoss is located in the North of Iceland and is actually within walking distance from Dettifoss.
How to get there – Just like with Dettifoss you can visit Selfoss from both sides. So far I’ve only visited the West side but I think the East side might be even a little more spectacular. After visiting Dettifoss simply follow the hiking trail back and instead. ofgoing to the parking lot keep on following. theriver until you reach Selfoss.
Impressiveness – Selfoss is a very impressive waterfall yet it feels a little underwhelming after just seeing Dettifoss.
Crowds – Most people come here to visit Dettifoss and simply drive away after it.
Overal ranking – 8/10
Welcome to Godafoss, otherwise known as the waterfall of the Gods. And honestly, it’s not hard to see why! Godafoss is the waterfall that keeps on giving due to its grandeur.
How to get there – Godafoss can also be visited from both sides which I highly recommend doing. And unlike with Dettifoss and Selfoss you don’t have to drive 1 hour to reach the other side. You can just cross a pedestrian bridge and you’re there! On the left side you can also hike down which you should definitely do as well!
Scenery – I love the magnitude of Godafoss and on a clear day the surrounding landscape is absolutely stunning. On our last visit the weather was a little moody but it still looked gorgeous.
Crowds– It can get pretty crowded but since the entire area around Godafoss is large it’s still ok. But if you want this place all to yourself like we had you should be there in the very early morning.
Overal ranking – 9/10
One of my absolute favorite places and hidden gems in Iceland! This gorgeous canyon is hidden away from the ring road and doesn’t even require a 4×4 to get to. On the other side you’ll see a 2 drop waterfall that especially during sunrise creates the most magical view.
How to get there – Kolugljúfur is only 20 minutes driving from the ring road and there’s a parking lot on both sides which are connected by a small bridge that you can drive over.
Scenery – I am in love with this place and every single time that I visit it I become extremely happy. You can walk down and get right next to the waterfall. And during the summer months the water was ice blue.
Crowds – This place is gaining a little more traction but you won’t find any tour busses here!
Overal ranking – 10/10
The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Western Iceland
I haven’t seen that much yet of Western Iceland but I’m sure I will some day! The stunning Western Fjords are still a mystery to me but I did explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula!
The Snaefellsnes peninsula holds one of Iceland’s most photogenic spot: Kirkjufellsfoss with in the background the arrow shaped mountain Kirkjufell. It’s a stunning spot that only became more and more popular after being featured on Game of Thrones.
How to get there – There is a small parking lot in front of Kirkjufellsfoss. But to be honest, there’s nothing adventurous about visiting Kirkjufellsfoss. There’s hardened plastic all around the area, a row of photographers all lined up to get that 1 shot and a road dwindling in the middle of the landscape.
Scenery – With Kirkjufell as a backdrop this waterfall is very beautiful. But the waterfall on its own isn’t all that impressive.
Crowds – Well this is one of the most touristic places in entire Iceland so don’t expect to be here alone. Even at sunrise and sunset you’ll find that it can be packed with photographers.
Overal ranking – 7/10
Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of a lava field which flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull.
How to get there – Hraunfossar is frequently visited by tourists and has a pretty big parking lot at the start of the walk. It’s a scenic walk alongside and above the river and even includes some cool bridges!
Scenery – You can’t compare Hraunfossar to the bigger waterfalls in Iceland but the place in it’s whole is beautiful to visit.
Crowds – This is a walk that is also really popular with kids so you’ll definitely encounter a couple of families along the way. But all in all there weren’t too many other people around.
Overal ranking – 7/10
📚 More Iceland Blog Posts
I have visited the land of ice and fire 3 times in 3 years and I loved adventuring and driving around the country. On my blog you can find a ton of free resources to help you plan the perfect trip to this beautiful country.
Below are some of my favorite articles and there’s a lot more to come so keep an eye on this space!
- Iceland Hiking Guide – 15 best one day hikes in Iceland
- The perfect winter road trip in Iceland – A day by day guide and retelling of my first time visiting this beautiful country.
- Hidden Gems in Iceland – Of the beaten path places that haven’t been discovered by mass tourism.
- Fagradalsfjall Hiking Trail – How To Visit The Active Volcano in Grindavik Iceland
- Discover Thakgil – A hidden gem in southern Iceland
- Mulagljufur Canyon – Discover a true hidden gem in South Iceland
- The 7 Best Places in the Icelandic Highlands
📸 Iceland Photography Gear
- Canon EOS 6D Mark II – My go to camera body for the past 3 years
- Main Lens – Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
- Zoom Lens – Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6
- Wide Angle Lens – Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L III
- Tripod – Manfrotto Tripod
- Drone – DJI Mavic Mini 2 Fly More Combo
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