Top 10 Icelandic waterfalls

Icelandic Waterfalls

The top ten

10 – Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall

Our Tenth Icelandic waterfall is Aldeyjarfoss which is upstream from Godafoss. This waterfall can be accessed with a 4×4 in Summer, but you may need a SuperJeep to visit Aldeyjarfoss in the Winter. The waterfall can be view from many levels as long as you have climbing skills.

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9 – Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Our Ninth Icelandic waterfall is Seljalandsfoss. This is the waterfall that you can walk behind. In the Summer it is possible to catch the late evening sunrise from behind the falls.

8 – Skógafoss Waterfall

Our Eighth Icelandic waterfall is Skógafoss. This huge curtain of water falls on the South Coast where the ocean used to pound the shore. Skógafoss is fed by 2 glaciers which makes it unique. Difficult to photograph because of the number of tourists, but if you climb to one of the viewpoints you will be out of our shots.

7 – Öxarárfoss Waterfall

Number seven in our Icelandic waterfall collection is Öxarárfoss at þingvellir National Park. This is the only waterfall in the world that falls from one continent into another.

6 – Svartifoss Waterfall

Number six in our list of Icelandic waterfalls is Svartifoss. This waterfall is high on Skaftafell. You need to be in fair fitness to hike up to the waterfall, but there are plenty of other waterfalls to stop at on the way up. At Svartifoss waterfall there is a viewing platform with a good view of the waterfall.

5 – Gullfoss Waterfall

Number five in this collection of Icelandic waterfalls is Gullfoss. It means “Golden Falls”, but you have to be there at sunrise or sunset to find the gold. Access can be difficult and people risk their lives to get photos. The Gullfoss waterfall is only a few hours from Reykjavik.

4 – Dettifoss Waterfall

Number four in this collection of Icelandic waterfalls is Dettifoss. Dettifoss is in the North of Iceland and is fed by meltwater from the Vatnjokull glacier. It is considered to be the most powerful waterfall in Iceland. Dettifoss can be accessed fairly easily from the West for most of the year and from the East in the Summer.

3 – Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

Number three in our list of Icelandic waterfalls is Kirkjufellsfoss. This waterfall in on the North side of the Snæfellsness peninsular and has become famous as the most photographed waterfall in Iceland. The falls has 3 spouts at the top level and the bottom level has multiple cascades. The top level is easier to photograph both waterfall and Kirkjufell mountain.

2 – Goðafoss waterfall

The second best waterfall is Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. This is a horse-shoe waterfall in the middle of a huge lava field in North Iceland. According to acient legend, the Ljósvetningagoði 1000 years ago declared Christianity to be the new religion and cast his old Pagan idols into the falls.

1 – Dynjandi Waterfall

The top waterfall in Iceland is Dynjandi in the Westfjords. It is the only waterfall on our list that doesn’t end in “foss”, but this doesn’t mean it lacks any “foss-ness”. The Dynjandi waterfall complex is massive and contains every kind of waterfall you could imagine, from delicate cascades to thunderous flumes. I call Dynjandi “the mother of all waterfalls”.

Unclear signs at Jökulsarlon

Unclear signs at Jökulsarlon

Jðkulsarlon Warnings We were taking a walk around Jökulsarlon with our telephoto lenses, when my customers start to question the meaning of the signs dotted along the upper promenade from the car park towards the bridge. There is an obvious steep drop down to a fast flowing current, often filled with glacier ice waiting to […]

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The beauty of f/6.3

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Perfect storm

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