Iceland Waterfalls (Europe)

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Iceland Waterfalls are perhaps the country's most recognizable series of attractions. They're everywhere! Its collection of waterfalls rivals any other country in sheer power and raw beauty. The falls range from powerful and wide river-type monsters like Dettifoss, Gullfoss, and Goðafoss to tall and narrow ones like Glymur, Háifoss, and Hengifoss. Moreover, the country sports classic waterfalls such as the rectangular Skógafoss, unique waterfalls such as the trapezoidal Dynjandi, and even waterfalls imitated by art such as Svartifoss.

And these are just the famous ones!

There are countless other waterfalls tumbling by the Ring Road as well as many more that don't even have formal names! Waterfallers will have a difficult time just keeping track of the falls they'll see. We certainly did!

In addition to waterfalls, you can see nature's many faces on display here from massive glaciers to active geysers and thermal pools to technicolor landscapes painted by recent volcanism.

The country also features a rich and turbulent history eloquently captured and told through its many sagas. Furthermore, there are other quirky aspects about the country such as its creative use of geothermal energy, the 24-hour daylight in the summer, the abundance of sheep and idyllic farms, the hobbit-like turf farms, trolls appearing amongst the various lava formations, and even the pub crawl on steroids known as the Rúntur.

Add it all up and it becomes apparent why there really is no place in the world like Iceland (or Íslands in Icelandic).

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Some of the waterfalls in this region were considered amongst our favorites and thus have made one or more of our top 10 lists. To see which of these lists have featured waterfalls from this region, see below!

Top 10 Waterfalls of the World

Top 10 Waterfalls in Iceland

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Below are the waterfall subregions that we've been to. Click on a subregion for more details about the area and its waterfalls.

Gullfoss Capital Region and South Region: The South of Island and the Capital Region are anchored by the capital city of Reykjavik. The majority of the population lives here. However, despite being Iceland's only true "city," you need not stray far to take in waterfalls (and nature). Further east of the Greater Reykjavík area is the South of Iceland. In this region of vast glaciers and glacially scoured plains topped with black sand (sandur), you'll find some of the country's most famous waterfalls as well as countless others both with and without names. Despite the weather's tendency to mist and rain in this area, it can feel like an international convention of tourists as people from all over the world are lured by the countless attractions and adventure possibilities here.

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Hengifoss East Region: The East of Iceland has large glacial lakes, steep-walled fjords, and even a forest. Here, you'll find the country's third highest waterfall near the town of Egilsstaðir as well as countless others in the unforgettable Seyðisfjörður. The vast region also encompasses Skaftafell National Park with its waterfalls and glaciers. Plus, there's some controversy regarding the tug-of-war between economic development and unspoilt Nature, which are evident in the hydroelectric plants at Kárahnjúkar and Lagarfoss.

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Dettifoss Northwest Region and Northeast Region: Iceland Waterfalls in the North are some of the most dramatic and powerful in Europe. Anchored by Akureyri - the largest town in the North - many of these falls are easily visited in a day trip. Exemplifying this display of frightful power and beauty are many of the falls on the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which has carved out Jökulsárgljúfur - the Icelandic version of the Grand Canyon. But there are also many others scattered about this part of the country.

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Dynjandi West Region and The Westfjords: The West of Iceland and the Westfjords are somewhat off the beaten path despite their relatively close proximity to Reykjavík. In the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the West of Iceland, there are many surprise waterfalls backing farms and fjordside villages. In the Westfjords, you'll find haunting remnants of old fishing villages, toucan-like puffins, and of course the wild fjord and coastal scenery with waterfalls (many of them unnamed) sprinkled throughout.

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Ofaerufoss Reader Submissions: We can't possibly visit every single waterfall in Iceland. Fortunately, there are readers kind enough to share their knowledge and experiences by writing up their own guides for those waterfalls that we haven't been to.

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Are you researching for an upcoming trip to this region? We've got additional information concerning non-waterfall attractions, our own travel stories, reviews of books and maps, or even writeups concerning the logistics of what it takes to come here and what to expect! Check out the following links...

Jökulsárlón Iceland's Other Attractions: There's more to the Land of Sagas than waterfalls. If you're curious about the country's other natural attractions or you're suffering from fatigue of Iceland Waterfalls, have a look! [read more]

Landmannalaugur Iceland Travel Stories: Read about the stories behind the World of Waterfalls. See Iceland through our eyes while becoming more informed about this beautiful country. In this section, you will find travel journals that will leave you laughing, smiling, curious, or just about all the emotions you'd expect when you're traveling to an unknown place. [read more]

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