With its vast glaciers and monumental landscapes, Iceland’s natural wonders are many and spectacular. As well as ice fields and volcanoes there is another geographical phenomenon that really stands out here. From powerful torrents to lofty cascades waterfalls in Iceland take many forms. In this article, we will take you on a tour of some of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls.
Why do waterfalls feature so much in Iceland?
This small island up on the edge of the Arctic Circle very much feels the full force of the elements. The weather in Iceland is changeable, to say the least. It seems that every five minutes there is a new weather front rolling in. From rain showers in summer to consistent snow in winter. There is a great deal of water around in many forms. And that includes ice! Glaciers cover around 10% of the country’s landmass.
As Iceland emerges from the long winter months the snow and ice begin to thaw. This springtime melt releases a lot of water quickly into the rivers and streams. The waterways swell and Iceland’s waterfalls gain the full force of the elements. To see the waterfalls in Iceland at their most spectacular you should visit at this time of year. Here’s our top pick of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.
This is one of Iceland’s most well-visited waterfalls. Located on the South Coast just off of the Ring Road. It has a sixty-metre drop from a high cliff that used to mark the edge of the coastline. What makes this waterfall so unique is that visitors can walk all the way behind the falling curtain of water. There is a pathway that loops right around behind the falls. From there you can see the water falling from up close.
The views beyond across the wide-open landscape are also stunning. In winter when the night comes quickly the falls are lit up with electric lighting. When the midnight sun shines in summer the views of the low sunlight catching the water is spectac