Capital and South Region Waterfalls (Iceland)

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The South Region (Suðurland) and the Capital Region (Höfuðborgarsvæði) seem to be the region of Iceland that was the most populous as well as the most saturated with well-known waterfalls. Almost half of the waterfalls that we visited in the country came from these regions. In fact, I contend that the vast majority of visitors to the country never venture beyond these regions, and with famous tour routes like the Golden Circle (encompassing Gullfoss, Geysir, and the historical Þingvellir) as well as the capital city of Reykjavík with the nearby geothermal spa at the Blue Lagoon, it's little wonder that some see little need to stray out of these regions.

To further illustrate the unfair concentration of major waterfalls in the area, there's the tallest waterfall in the country in Glymur, the thundering and classically-shaped Skogafoss, a waterfall that we were able to go behind in Seljalandsfoss, and even the surreal viewing experience at Iceland's second tallest waterfall in Haifoss.

Moreover, there are some backcountry waterfalls in the remote highlands of Iceland such as Fagrifoss, Ófærufoss, and Dynkur.

Now as you can see from the map at the top of this page, the sheer number of waterfalls makes it necessary for us to group them into clusters within even just this region alone. So the subregions we're defining here are - Capital Region and Golden Circle (i.e. the far west of this region), Thjorsadalur and Hvolsvollur (i.e. the middle diagonal valley in this region stretching from the interior to the ocean along mostly the Thjorsa River), Eyjafjallajokull and South Coast (i.e. the southern section of this region including Thorsmork, Skogar, and Dyrholaey, among others), and Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Fjallabak (i.e. the southeastern section of this region).

Yet even though we've sampled a fairly significant quantity of major waterfalls in these regions alone, there were still large expanses of wilderness that we had yet to explore. And with such mysterious unknowns, there's bound to be more waterfalls that ought to be adding to the already extensive mix we've been able to document and share on this website.

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To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.

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Capital Region and Golden Circle

Gullfoss 4.5 Gullfoss
Haukadalur, South Region

Glymur 4 Glymur
Hvalfjordur, Capital Region

Faxi 3 Faxi
Tungufljot, South Region

Öxarárfoss 2 Oxararfoss
Thingvellir, South Region

Sjávarfoss 1 Sjavarfoss
Hvalfjordur, Capital Region

Þórufoss 2.5 Thorufoss
Laxa i Kjos, Capital Region

Tröllafoss 1.5 Trollafoss
Mosfell, Capital Region

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Thjorsadalur and Hvolsvollur

Ægissufoss 2 AEgissufoss
Hvolsvollur, South Region

Arbæjarfoss 1.5 Arbaejarfoss
Hvolsvollur, South Region

One of the waterfalls in the Gjáin rift 1.5 Gjain Waterfalls
Thjorsadalur, South Region

Þjófafoss 2.5 Thjofafoss
Thjorsadalur, South Region

Háifoss and rainbow 4.5 Haifoss
Thjorsadalur, South Region

Dynkur 2.5 Dynkur
Thjorsa River, South Region

Hjalparfoss 3 Hjalparfoss
Thjorsadalur, South Region

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Eyjafjallajokull and South Coast

Skógafoss 4.5 Skogafoss
Skogar, South Region

Seljalandsfoss 3.5 Seljalandsfoss
Hamragardar, South Region

Gljúfurárfoss 3 Gljufurarfoss
Hamragardar, South Region

The falls I called foss 26 on the Skógá River 3.5 Waterfalls on the Skoga River
Skogar/Thorsmork, South Region

Gluggafoss 2.5 Gluggafoss
Fljotsdalur, South Region

Kvernufoss 2 Kvernufoss
Skogar, South Region

Waterfall by Paradishellir 1.5 Southern Ring Road Waterfalls

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Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Fjallabak

Foss á Siðu 1.5 Foss a Sidu
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, South Region

Stjórnarfoss 1.5 Stjórnarfoss
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, South Region

A dry Systrafoss 0.5 Systrafoss
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, South Region

Ófærufoss 3 Ofaerufoss
Eldgja, South Region

Fagrifoss 3 Fagrifoss
Lakagigar, South Region

The attractive waterfall by Hólaskjol Camping and Guesthouse 2 Waterfall by Holaskjol
Fjallabak, South Region

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