World of Waterfalls: Icelandic Natural Wonders
Why do we all love waterfalls and which ones you can´t miss in Iceland?
Flying moments, rushing water, plants flourishing, fresh fragrance of water spray – the feeling of natural power and life: waterfalls always take my breath away. Peaceful and powerful beauty, which makes us forget the world around us.
There are many scientific theories stating running water gives off negative ions: could this be the reason behing all the good energy we get being around waterfalls?
Iceland is truly the world of waterfalls: tall, like Skógafoss, strong like Dettifoss, blue like Godafoss or Bruarfoss … the palette of Icelandic natural wonders has unlimited colors and forms. Nevertheless, no matter how much you travel around the island – you can´t get enough. No need to mention: the water is the most delicious one I´ve ever tried in my life. You simply stop anywhere on the road, refill your bottle and get energized for the rest of the day.
8 Icelandic waterfalls you can´t miss:
Probably, the most beautiful and touristic waterfall in Iceland. 25 m wide and 60 m high, Skógafoss is surrounded by greenery :valleys, mountains… all shades of green. You can go all the way to the top and get some amazing panoramic views.
Another impressive natural wonder is Dettifoss, the most powerfull waterfall in Europe. Situated on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, Dettifoss is 100 m wide and has a drop of 45 m. It definitely blows your mind with it´s size and power. However, its waters are not blue like those of other Icelandic waterfalls – they have a grey-milky color (due to the sediment-rich meltwaters of the vast Vatnajökull glacier). Moreover, the water spray is so strong that you could easily see a rainbow on a sunny day.
My favorite (also the most blue one) waterfall in Iceland. It is not as high or strong as other, but you can’t take your eyes of these blue waters. The landscape looks surreal. Significantly less touristic and hard enough to find, Bruarfoss has the most amazing peaceful atmosphere.
Seljalandsfoss drops 60 m and the surrounding area is full of tiny waterfalls and streams. The most interesting part about this waterfall is that you can walk behind it into a small cave .
A must stop when visiting the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The Kirkjufell mountain on the background makes the landscape truly unique.
Located in Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss is surrounded by dark lava columns, often compared to organ pipes. And here you actually need to walk a while, both upwards and downwards, during 5,5 km (round trip).
Gullfoss means “Golden Falls” in Icelandic. One of the most touristic places in Iceland.
“Are these all the waterfalls I should see in Iceland?” – you´d ask. The answer would be: “You could probably travel for months and not see all the Icelandic natural wonders.” Waterfalls are everywhere, some of them are hard to access, others are all along the Ring Road: unknown and yet extremely beautiful. Here you have some of the unknown waterfalls/streams I´ve seen during my trip around Iceland.