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Hraunfossar
Iceland has some pretty spectacular landscapes, with its high mountains rising out from the flat coastline and seemingly going on forever. These mountains, along with Iceland’s plethora of mountain streams and rivers, are the reason for the many beautiful waterfalls you’ll see all around you as you explore Iceland’s nature. Even though most of the waterfalls are pretty spectacular, there are always going to be some who are even better, taller, more powerful and more beautiful than others.

These stunningly beautiful falls, located in Borgarfjordur in West Iceland, are formed by rivulets flowing at the edge of the Hallmundarhraun lava field, and pour into the glacier river Hvita (not to be confused with the river of the same name in Arnessysla, home to the Gullfoss waterfall, see below).
These falls are widely considered some of the most spectacular in Iceland.

Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar
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Foss A Sidu

Foss
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The waterfall is not very tall, but the surroundings make it a unique place to see.
It also has a very unusual feature: because its stream is not very strong, sometimes, during very strong winds that come from the sea, it starts flowing uphill! A village is settled in the location and Foss a Sidu defines its landscape.
The natural wonder is on the Rind Road, therefore has an easy access, while on your scenic route around Iceland.

Foss A Sidu

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Skógafoss

Skógafoss
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The South of Iceland is famous for its iconic and easily accessible waterfalls, and Skógafoss is one of them, with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
It may seem familiar to you as it appeared in the film Thor, the Dark world.
A trail leads to the top (via metal stairs to the right of the waterfall) and up to the Skógá river valley.
You can enjoy a beautiful view of the valley but it can be challenging to climb all these steps! A lot of tourists are always packed there, as it is easily accessible from the main road, even with a regular car, but I still recommend braving the crowds and having a look!

Skógafoss

Skógafoss
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Gullfoss

Gullfoss
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Of course we can't write about Icelandic waterfalls without mentioning the big ones.
Gullfoss is within the Golden circle so we guess it's the waterfall that receives the most amount of visitors every years but Gullfoss is big so there is plenty of room for everybody.
This is a very mighty waterfall with huge amount of water cascading down the gorge below.
It's quite impressive to walk close to the waterfall. During wither the path leading down to the waterfall might be closed due to icing.
Please don't walk there when the stop signs are up.

Gullfoss

Gullfoss
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Gullfoss

Gullfoss
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Godafoss

Godafoss
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Godafoss Waterfall, or Waterfall of the Gods, is one of the largest and most imposing waterfalls in Iceland.
The waterfall is famous in the Icelandic Sagas because it played a big role when Icelanders decided to switch to Christianity.
Godafoss is around 12 meters tall but it has a width of around 30 meters.
Godafoss is in the North of Iceland, less than an hour drive from Akureyri.

Godafoss

Godafoss
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Godafoss

Godafoss
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Godafoss

Godafoss
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Svartifoss

Svartifoss
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This fascinating fall is located in the Skaftafell preservation area in Southeast Iceland, that is a part of Vatnajokull National Park.
The name Svartifoss means Black Waterfall.
A dramatic contrast is to be seen in the white water of the fall and the surrounding dark hexagonal basalt columns.
At the base of the fall are sharp rocks that have broken from the columns.
This picturesque scenery further provided inspiration for the columnar architecture of Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik, the ceiling of the National Theater and sculptor Richard Serra‘s Milestones, located in Videy island.

Svartifoss

Svartifoss
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Svartifoss

Svartifoss
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Dynjandi

Dynjandi
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Given how wild and remote the Westfjords are, this waterfall caught us by surprise and its unusual shape made it real memorable.
Its 100m cumulative drop actually falls in multiple stages (each with a name), and we were able to walk to each one of them as we'd eventually make it up to the base of the uppermost and highest tier, which was also its most spectacular part. And as you can see from this photo, it's also pretty photo-friendly.
But that wasn't all. When we turned around and started heading back down, we suddenly saw an expansive panorama of the fjord before us as we stood at its head.
So given all of these things, Julie and I feel it was definitely worth going out of the way to see this one!

Dynjandi

Dynjandi
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Dynjandi

Dynjandi
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Dynjandi

Dynjandi
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Dettifoss

Dettifoss
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Dettifoss is Europe’s most powerful waterfall (for the record, it’s the waterfall you can see in Prometheus).
The milky color of the waterfall is apparently due to the presence of the sediment-rich waters of the Vatnajökull glacier.

From the car park to Dettifoss it’s a 30 minutes walk to the brink of the falls.
By the time you reach the falls, you will be completely drenched by the drops and mist blown away from the waterfall… don’t forget your waterproof!

Dettifoss

Dettifoss
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Dettifoss

Dettifoss
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss
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Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls.
Seljalandsfoss is a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m into a shallow pool.
Seljalandsfoss is on the South Coast of Iceland, and it is only about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Reykjavik.
Seljalandsfoss is unique because you can walk behind the waterfall and see the waterfall and the world from a new perspective.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss
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Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss
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Haifoss

Haifoss
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Ahh, Háifoss (High Falls). This one is near the volcano Hekla and drops 122 m and is considered the second highest waterfall in Iceland (Not including the recently discovered waterfall from Eyjarfjallajökull).
It’s situated in Fossá river and plunges down into a canyon where it meets Þjórsá in the valley.
It can be a bit tricky to find (134 km from Reykjavik) due to lack of signs, but does have a parking lot above (by Hjálparfoss) and many beautiful hikes around.
I do recommend people do drive a 4×4 access the beaut!

Haifoss

Haifoss
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Haifoss

Haifoss
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Haifoss

Haifoss
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