15 Must Iee Iconic Icelandic Waterfalls

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…Who ever said that? Go to Iceland and chase them! 

Iceland has some of the best views of nature in the world, best things to see in Iceland! The Icelandic Waterfalls just add to the scenery.

Our time in Iceland consisted of so many things; waterfalls, great food, coziest of cottages and so much more. I planned this trip for months, I booked back in November, the waterfalls were the top thing I was excited about.

But one of the most impressive sights were the waterfalls throughout the country, private and public. These can be traveled to by car, bus or even bikes.

Icelandic Waterfalls


Magnúsarfoss is located right of route 1 next to Skaftafell Nature Reserve and on the edge of  Vatnajökull National Park. There is a parking lot to park your car and easily marked trail to start your hike. To get to the top of the falls it is a 10 minute walk uphill. This is just one of the two that are near by, the second I believe is even better.


Svartifoss is another 10 minute hike away from Magnúsarfoss. This is one waterfall you don’t want to miss, no matter how far you walk. The columns that line the wall make this waterfall magical.

Private Waterfall

I don’t have a name for this waterfall, which is unfortunate. But it is privately owned right off of Route 1, between Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Kálfafell. Due to the fact it is privately owned, it can be shut down to the public. But that won’t stop you from wanting to stop and see this tall waterfall. Small parking lot near road, 2 minute walk to waterfall.

Fjarðarárgljúfur Viewpoint

Fjarðarárgljúfur Viewpoint, the best view in Iceland. This waterfall is about a 15 minute drive on a gravel road off route 1 near Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Once to the parking destination, it is only a 5 minute walk. There is a waterfall, river and beautiful views.


Another waterfall seen from route 1, Skógafoss is mighty and powerful and 30 minutes from Vik. Pictures can be seen from the ground level or from a 50+ stair hike to the top. Once to the top you can continue to walk along the river to more scenery. Don’t forget to bring your rain coat.


Seljalandsfoss is located right off route 1, huge parking lot for cars with a park and display meter. Once parked it is a 2 minute walk with a spectacular view. Seljalandsfoss is the waterfall you may walk behind. This is a must do and something you will love. Near by is a path with smaller waterfalls and Gljúfrabúi.


Gljúfrabúi is right down the pathway from Seljalandsfoss. It is within a canyon and to get the best views, one has to walk on rocks in the water to get to the inside. This is the best view and strongly recommended.

Gulfoss Falls

An iconic waterfall of the Golden Circle. Huge parking lot, a big store and a lot of tourists. Gulfoss Falls is huge and tourists are able to get as close or as far away as they want.


20 minute drive from Gulfoss is a less popular waterfall with even more stunning views (okey, my opinion). There isn’t a formal parking lot, just a side street and it includes a 20 minute, muddy walk to the bluest waterfalls.


Öxarárfoss is a beautiful waterfall in the Thingvellir National Park, which is within the Golden Circle. There are parking lots in front of the waterfalls and a 3 minute hike behind stones to get to this wonderful waterfall. While there, don’t forget to check out the Silfra snorkeling area.


Out past Reykholt, resides one of the most unique waterfalls. It could be a drive but a waterfall you don’t want to miss. A small parking lot is next to the pathways to both Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Easy walk and beautiful views, the water comes out of the rocks and the color is beautiful, not your traditional waterfall. (My personal favorite)


Walk down the pathway, Barnafoss is a small waterfall before Hraunfossar, since you’re there you might as well see both.


Svödufoss is off route 1 between Rif and Ólafsvík. Along the gravel road one will get to a small parking lot. 3 minute walk to a stone wall to take pictures of the beautiful waterfall. There is an ‘off the beaten track’ trail that one can take to get closer to the falls (I would recommend) and get the best pictures.


Continuing on route 1, of the Snaefellsness Penisula, you will run into the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall and Kirkjulfell mountain. It isn’t the waterfall that is wonderful, it is the package of the waterfall and mountain in one photo. Park in the parking lot, take a 2 minute walk and get the perfect angle to capture this iconic Iceland photo.


Quick 7 minute drive down from Kirkjufellsfoss is another stunning waterfall with a side of a small walk. Off of route 1 is a small parking lot to leave your car for your 15 minute walk to a closer look of the beautiful Grubdarfoss. The fences are chained for no cars, but the side gate is open. The walk is through a green meadow with grazing sheep and the waterfall in the view the whole time.

One can’t go wrong with any Icelandic Waterfalls. There is so much to see, each waterfall is different and unique which makes each one a must see.

Have you been to Iceland? What is your favorite waterfall?