Southern Ring Road Waterfalls

Southern Ring Road, South Region (Suðurland), Iceland

About Southern Ring Road Waterfalls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2007-07-05
Date last visited: 2021-08-07

Waterfall Latitude: 63.61018
Waterfall Longitude: -19.97125

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

The Southern Ring Road Waterfalls page is where I’m putting the multitude of waterfalls that we’ve noticed while driving the Ring Road, especially in the stretch between Selfoss and Skaftafell.

This page is essentially my way of trying to convey to you how waterfalls are plentiful in just this region alone.

Paradishellir_004_07052007 - A tall and wispy waterfall seen right off the Ring Road near Paradishellir
A tall and wispy waterfall seen right off the Ring Road near Paradishellir

I suspect that a large reason for such a high waterfall quantity here is that here’s where the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull would send their meltwaters over the cliffs that were once part of Iceland’s coastline.

Anyways, note that I’m intentionally excluding the major waterfalls with names because they have their own pages on this website.

Generally how I’ve determined whether a waterfall got its own page or not largely depended on whether it looked very light-flowing and temporary (a subjective measure, I know).

I also considered whether I knew what its name was (assuming it was named) as well as whether there was infrastructure like signs or car parks indicating that the waterfall was legitimate in the eyes of the authorities here.

Drive_to_Skogafoss_004_iPhone_08072021 - Context of the Ring Road where cliffs housing waterfalls coming from neighboring glaciers would plunge in from the left and the plains leading to the ocean would be on the right
Context of the Ring Road where cliffs housing waterfalls coming from neighboring glaciers would plunge in from the left and the plains leading to the ocean would be on the right

I’m fully aware that what’s captured here is merely a partial collection of the waterfall sightings we experienced (i.e. only the ones we’ve noticed and stopped for) which I’m sure is only a fraction of how many more we could’ve stopped for and checked out.

I had to admit that after a while, even waterfall lovers like ourselves started becoming blase about them.


The Southern Ring Road Waterfalls reside in the South Region of Iceland. They are administered by the municipality of Rangárþing eystra. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, you may want to try visiting their website.

Klaustur_005_07032007 - Some attractive falls we saw near the turnoff for Laki (Route 208)
South_Ring_Road_001_07052007 - Some obscure waterfall tumbling through a rugged gully somewhere between Klaustur and Vik
South_Ring_Road_009_07052007 - A closer look at the obscure waterfall seen on the Ring Road
Varmahlid_002_07052007 - Falls by the Varmahlið farm
Nupur_001_07052007 - An attractive waterfall near the Nupur Farms
Nupur_003_07052007 - A closer look at the waterfall by the Nupur Farms
Dolufoss_002_07062007 - We didn't get a good look at this one, but I think this one's called Dolufoss
Paradishellir_012_07062007 - A closer look at the waterfall near Paradishellir
Paradishellir_020_07062007 - Another look at the waterfall at Paradishellir under clearer skies
Paradishellir_021_07062007 - This sloping waterfall behind the flocks of sheep near Paradishellir was just west of the waterfall photographed above

The stretch of the Ring Road (Route 1) that this page covers is east of the Route 249 junction by Seljalandsfoss and west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

The city of Reykjavík was 121km (90 minutes drive) northwest of Seljalandsfoss and 248km (3 hours drive) west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

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