Aldeyjarfoss, North-Iceland

Iceland is full of waterfalls. Here is my top 20. Let’s go clockwise around the country, starting in the north with the Aldeyjarfoss which is located about 40 km from the ring-road no. 1 towards the highlands.

My top 20 waterfalls in Iceland

Back to ring road is Goðafoss, the divine waterfall. Here a shot in winter/spring and another one in summer.

Goðafoss, North-Iceland
Goðafoss, North-Iceland

Further east in the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon are three waterfalls in a row. The shot below from a plane captures them: Starting with Selfoss in the back, a wide waterfall with basalt steles followed by Dettifoss known to be the highest-performing (volume plus height) waterfall in Europe and finally Hafragilsfoss. From there river Jökulsá á Fjöllum takes another 30 km to reach the Artic Sea.

Jökulsárgljúfur canyon with Hafragilsfoss (front), Dettifoss (middle) and Selfoss (back), North-Iceland
Selfoss, North-Iceland
Dettifoss, North-Iceland
Dettifoss, North-Iceland
Hafragilsfoss, North-Iceland

Further east along road 939 and the Öxi Pass is the Folaldafoss and then just before Höfn the somewhat hidden Skutafoss.

Folaldafoss, East-Iceland
Skutafoss, Southeast-Iceland

While Svartifoss is one of the must-haves from Iceland, Stjornarfoss and Fagrifoss are less known but equally impressive.

Svartifoss, South-Iceland
Stjornarfoss, South-Iceland
Fagrifoss, Lakagigar region, Vatnajökull-Nationalpark, along road F206 between Kirkjubæjarklaustur and the Laki-Craters, South-Iceland

On the way from the southern to western part of Iceland three more must-haves along road no. 1 show up: Skoðafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss. Urriðafoss can easily be overlooked but worth making a stop as it’s a flat but wide fall with many steps.

Skoðafoss, South-Iceland
Seljalandsfoss, South-Iceland
Urriðafoss, South-Iceland
Gullfoss, West-Iceland

At the Þingvellir National Park one can see where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates diverge. The Öxarárfoss bascially falls from America to Europe.

Öxararfoss, West-Iceland

A pretty unique waterfall is Hraunfossar – actually it’s a series of little waterfalls flowing from a lava field.

Hraunfossar, West-Iceland

The Snæfellsnes peninsula accommodates two very interesting waterfalls: Svöðufoss with its dome of basalt steles and Kirkjufellsfoss with the uniquely shaped Kirkjufells mountain.

Svöðufoss, Snæfellsnes peninsula, Iceland
Kirkjufellsfoss, West-Iceland

Approaching the Westfjords we are reaching the end of our journey around Iceland. The below waterfall I passed on road 63. I liked the shiny moss behind the water and the little lake in the front. The last waterfall I’d like to share is the biggest in the Westfjords: the Dynjandifoss. It is 100 m high and 30 m wide at the top but 60 m wide at the bottom.

Waterfall (name not known) along road 63 south from Bildudalur
Dynjandifoss, Westfjords, Iceland
Dynjandifoss and Fjallfoss, Westfjords, Iceland

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