The waterfalls of Iceland

November 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

If there is one thing that Iceland is well known for, it's got to be the copious amounts of waterfalls.

I love waterfalls. I love tall, slender long drop falls, I love thunderous massive waterfalls, I love tinkling little cascades which just tumble down a gentle slope. They are such a peaceful thing to watch and listen to.

There are several very well known falls in Iceland on well-trodden tourist paths. Yet there are waterfalls to be found nearly anywhere you look, and often you will be driving along a road lined with farmhouses, each seeming to have their very own cascade falling into their backyard!

Like most things in Iceland, half the fun is is the names! You'll see what I mean below… Enjoy :)


Oxärárfoss, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland | Jon Harris photographyOxärárfoss, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

This is the well known Öxarárfoss, in Þingvellir National Park, just a stone's throw from where Iceland's government assembled from 930AD up until 1798. This was our first waterfall of the visit, so we were a bit excited :). Below is a behind the scenes shot Kate got of me doing my thing...

Jon at Öxarárfoss, Iceland | Kate JonesJon at Öxarárfoss, Iceland


This next spot was a collection of waterfalls in a magical location called Gjáin (I believe it is pronounced  'zhow-een'). We didn't find out the names of these waterfalls, but it didn't matter - they will stay in our minds forever!

Gjáin, Iceland | Jon Harris photographyGjáin, Iceland

You can see striking volcanic formations on the left of the waterfall, creating distinctive geometric basalt columns.

Gjáin, Iceland | Jon Harris photographyGjáin, Iceland


Gjáin, Iceland | Jon Harris photographyGjáin, Iceland


I think this little waterfall, Gluggafoss, was our favourite. It was tucked just off a little road which headed out to Þórsmörk. It has worn through the cliff top to create a little tunnel at the top, from which it emerges again in all it's glory. This waterfall is quite close to Eyjafjallajökull, and apparently after the eruption in 2010, Gluggafoss got all clogged up with volcanic ash, almost blocking it completely. But he was flowing fine again when we were there.

Gluggafoss, Iceland | Jon Harris photographyGluggafoss, Iceland


Seljalandsfoss is one of the famous and very graceful waterfalls of Iceland. It is very easy to get to - right off the main ring road - therefore constantly flooded with tourists. It's even more popular as you can walk underneath it, and get very wet!!! It's quite tall - you can see a few people just to the right, about to walk underneath.

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland | Jon Harris photographySeljalandsfoss, Iceland


Skógafoss is another one right on the tourist route, not too far from Seljalandsfoss. This is a BIG waterfall - the guy in this photo is probably still a good 40-50m away from the falls! You can hike up to the top for some great views, but unfortunately we were running late for our ferry, so didn't get time.

Skógafoss, Iceland | Jon Harris photographySkógafoss, Iceland


And finally, another one of Kate's photos, of me shooting at Gulfoss, one of the best known waterfalls on the Golden Circle route. I didn't get any shots I was happy with here - just about as this one was taken, the rain got heavier, we got soaked, and my camera got quite damp - I was a little worried, but the weather sealing on the 5D MkIII is amazing. 

This waterfall is EPIC. It tumbles down one level, before dropping into a big ravine then flowing down the gorge. The volume of water going over is astounding...

Jon at Gulfoss, Iceland | Kate JonesJon at Gulfoss, Iceland


What's the most impressive waterfall you've visited??? 








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