The best waterfalls in Iceland
Iceland is full of waterfalls. After the first two you will figure out that "foss" means waterfall, and then the trouble begins of remembering all the names of the ones you saw. Below is the list of the best waterfalls you will see on the Ring Road during summer time. All these waterfalls are very easy to access, so get your wet suit and your camera ready. Try to avoid big groups from Reykjavik, as most of the tours start coming in around 10am, and they run up till 5pm. Before and after that is the best time to visit and enjoy the power of mother nature.
1. Gulfoss - the mighty waterfall on the Golden Circle, just 45min from Reykjavik. This is probably the most crowded one as many visitors with layover trips come here first. Early morning hours are the most quiet ones. The rain gear is needed for this stop because of the wind that takes all that mist and water and throws it right at you.
2. Skogafoss - the waterfall on the Skogar River in the southern part of Iceland on Route 1 (The Ring Road). This is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a drop of more than 60 meter (200 ft) and width of 25 meter. There is a visitors center with cafe, store, and bathrooms, so many visitors camp there, too. This is also a very crowded location as its very close to Reykjavik (approx 2 hours), and its on the route for the many guided tours from the city.
3. Seljalandsfoss - is one of the best waterfalls because you can hike behind it. Rain gear is a must- you will get completely soaked in water. Bring waterproof case to protect your gear, or just have a waterproof camera. It's very slippery so be careful while taking the stroll behind this magnificent waterfall. Try to hike all the way up as the view is breathtaking.
4. Svartifoss - the next waterfall on the Ring Road is located in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park and it is the most popular sight in the park. To see it you will have to hike for 45 min to 1 hour on a relatively easy path that starts with a brutally steep hill. Being in shape will increase your enjoyment level. Bring plenty of water and snacks. The visitors center is also a base camp for many guided tours for nearby glaciers.
5. Dettifoss - the most powerful European waterfall. It's located in the Northwestern part of Iceland, near Mývatn Lake. The water comes from nearby glacier, and it has the 144 ft drop. You can get to it on roads 864 or 862, and they will take to vista points of both sides of the river.
6. Godafoss - is also very near Mývatn Lake and its also, one of the most fascinating waterfalls in Iceland. It's right on the Ring Road with an option to hike on both sides of the river. There is a store and cafe nearby with some really good coffee.
7. Kirkjufellsfoss - it's a waterfall near Snæfellsjökull National Park on Road 574.