A classic tour in North Iceland.
There are around 10,000 plus waterfalls in Iceland, and they are as varied and beautiful as they are many. Iceland's climate and location is especially suited to waterfalls with frequent rain and snow, combined with the multitude of glaciers that melt in summer. Some of them have unique characteristics such as waterfalls that run warm with geothermal water, or appear frozen in mid cascade during winter.
There’s a waterfall where you can walk behind the water curtain, while another is the most powerful in Europe. Although all of our waterfalls are beautiful and unique in their own way we’ve mentioned here just a few favorites:
The most powerful waterfall in Europe, its misty spray can be seen from several kilometers away. It's located in the northeast and is part of the Jokulsargljufur National Park. The waterfall is a 100 meters and has a drop of 44 meters into the jokulsargljufur canyon. Dettifoss is easily accessible from the road and is part of the famous Diamond Circle route.
Perhaps the most famous waterfall in Iceland, the Golden Falls are a part of the Golden Circle which also includes Geysir hot spring and Thingvellir National Park. Situated in the upper part of the Hvitá river, Gullfoss cascades down in two tiers, one 11 meters high, and the other 22 meters, into the crevasse below.
Skogafoss is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. Due to its size (25 meter wide with a drop of 60 meters) it produces a massive cloud of spray and on sunny days a rainbow, or even a double rainbow is almost always visible. You can climb the 370 steps to the top for a fantastic view over the southern coastline. It's propably one of the most photographed waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss is kind of Skogafoss' twin, because they are most often visited together. The waterfall is tall and narrow with a drop of 60 meters, but what really makes it stand out is the fact that visitors can walk behind it into a small cave for a unique perspective.
Located in west Iceland Barnafoss (Children's Falls) is, as the name suggests, not very tall. It's short and powerful rapids cut through a narrow canyon and has a distinctive pale blue colour. Barnafoss to be named after two young boys who fell in while trying to cross a natural stone bridge over the waterfall while their parents were at church. Their mother put a curse on the bridge that no man could cross it without drowning and shortly after it was destroyed in an earthquake.
This gem of the remote Westfjord most cloesely resembles a tiered wedding cake. The spectacular sight is the combination of seven small waterfalls that together are over 100 meters high. Each of the seven waterfalls is individually named and you can even walk behind the third one, Gongufoss.
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