Welcome back to another Iceland travel post! I had a very hard time narrowing down the photos for today’s post because after a very candid conversation with my Mom I switched from my original plan of writing about each one of these waterfalls individually to an aggregate wrap-up post of my favorites. Even though the most famous site in Iceland may be the Northern Lights the country is also known for its waterfalls and I had the opportunity to see an extraordinary number of them earlier this month. For the sake of trying to beat the longest blog post ever I will err on the side of brevity and highlight the top four Iceland waterfalls I saw in my four days in the chilly but gorgeous country!
(1) Skógafoss: This has been deemed the top waterfall in Iceland by nearly every guide book and review I have seen and with one massive drop of nearly 200 I loved that I got to climb the winding staircase to the top and take a look at the water plummet and at an insane speed down to the rocky bed below.
(2) Gullfoss: While this waterfall is only half the size of the first – with a height of 105 feet – it is definitely one of the most popular especially considering it’s proximity to the gorgeous Geysir only just five minutes down the road. I think you might be able to tell from the photos below but I visited at sunrise and I have to admit, it is one of the coldest experiences I can remember with the wind making it -20 below in C but still, very pretty!
(3) Seljalandsfoss: The third waterfall of the top four on my list is located just off the side of the main road that runs along the Southern coast of Iceland. This waterfall also drops 200 feet and I loved getting the chance to walk behind this gorgeous surge of water. I also hiked more than a mile down the road to a bunch of smaller waterfalls but this main one below was definitely the most impressive!
(4) Faxi: Even though it was on of my favorites this waterfall is not going to make any top then guide book but I loved that I visited at the recommendation of a local. At the hotel the waiter told me to “type ‘faxi’ into the GPS”, he explained that, “it is like your taxi but with an ‘F'” and during nearly my entire 20 minute visit I was the only person there. Granted, the drop from the highest point is only 22 feet but it was gorgeous none the less and I loved seeing the salmon jumping! My parents could not quite believe it when I FaceTimed them and I loved being able to take my time and set up my shot without any interruptions! If you are going to visit the Golden Circle it is well worth a stop!
Which of these Iceland waterfalls would you want to visit?