Top 5 waterfalls in Iceland

It’s time to explore!

Here in Iceland, we have a lot of waterfalls, they are almost everywhere. If you are visiting Iceland you should take some time to explore the waterfalls and observe the beautiful nature that Iceland has to offer. We listed down our top 5 waterfalls in Iceland but just to be clear it was a difficult pick – many other waterfalls are phenomenal.
Here are our top 5:


Gullfoss waterfall or the Golden fall is without a doubt Iceland‘s most popular waterfall. Gullfoss is located in Southwest Iceland in the canyon of Hvítá (e. White river) which is fed by Langjökull glacier, the second biggest glacier in Europe. The waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and it is part of the popular Golden Circle tour. The name of the waterfall comes from the color of the water – on a sunny day the water truly looks golden-brown.

One of our most popular day tours, The Pearl Tour, includes a stop at Gullfoss waterfall. For further information, look here:


Seljalandsfoss Iceland waterfall


Seljalandsfoss is located in the South Region of Iceland. The waterfall is one of the best-known waterfalls here in Iceland. It is part of the Seljalands river that has its origin in Eyjafjallajökull, ice caps. One of the reasons for Seljalandsfoss popularity is because it is possible to walk behind it which is a magnificent sight. Seljalandsfoss is not far from Reykjavík so if you are traveling the South-Coast, Seljalandsfoss is a must-see. Just remember to bring a raincoat as you might get wet from the drizzle especially if you walk behind it which I highly recommend.




Goðafoss or the Waterfall of the gods is located in the North of Iceland. The waterfall is connected to the conversion to Christianity here in Iceland in 1000. Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði is said to be the one who helped convert Iceland to a Christian country. He is said to have thrown statues of the old Norse gods into the waterfall after his conversion.
Goðafoss falls from 12 meters height over a width of 30 meters. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The rock formation surrounding the waterfall makes it unique – This waterfall will take your breath away.



Hraunfossar or Lava falls are a series of waterfalls over a distance of 900 meters. Hraunfossar is located in Western Iceland. The water streams out of Hallmundarhraun (lava field) and the waterfalls flow into Hvítá (e. White river). This lava field came from one of the eruptions from a volcano under Langjökull glacier and you can see the glacier from the waterfalls. These waterfalls are a true natural wonder.

In one of our tours, Lava and Ice Adventure Into the Glacier, we make a stop at Hraunfossar as well as Barnafoss (waterfall near Hraunfossar).



Glymur is considered to be Iceland’s highest waterfall, with a height of about 198m. Glymur is located in Hvalfjörður in West Iceland. There is a hiking path up to the waterfall which is extremely beautiful and enjoyable. It is about 2-3 hours hike in total. The path up to the waterfall is adventurous and the hike is not that difficult.

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Varnir gegn smitsjúkdómum.


Okkur hjá Mountaineers of Iceland er mjög hugað að öryggi og heilsu starfsmanna og viðskiptavina okkar.  Það er okkur mjög mikilvægt að halda öllu hreinu hjá okkur.  Í einu og öllu förum við eftir hreinlætisplani sem er í öryggisáætlun okkar og tilmælum Landlæknis er varðar hreinlæti.

Þar af leiðandi höfum við gripið til þessa ráðstafanna vegna Covid-19 og annarra sambærilegra smitsjúkdóma:

- Áður en sest er upp í faratæki okkar þurfa allir að sótthreinsa á sér hendurnar. Einnig áður en komið er í starfsstöðvar okkar við Langjökul til að klæða sig í viðeigandi fatnað.
- Viðskiptavinir fá allir hrein buff (höfuðklúta) til þess að fyrirbyggja snertingu við hjálma.
- Við reynum eftir bestu getu að tryggja að það sé 2 metrar á milli viðskiptavina. Við biðjum einnig viðskiptavini okkar að virða 2 metra regluna.

Allir snertifletir eru þrifnir nokkrum sinnum á dag og einnig eru gallarnir og hjálmarnir spreyjaðir með hreinsiefni eftir notkun með efni sem heitir Virkon. Það er sótthreinsandi efni og drepur alla sýkla sem það kemst í snertingu við. Buffin og hanskarnir eru svo þrifin í lok dag og einungis notuð einu sinni á dag til að koma í veg fyrir smit.


We at Mountaineers of Iceland are very concerned about the safety and health of our employees and our customers. It is very important for us to keep everything clean. All in all, we follow a hygiene plan that is in our safety plan and the recommendation of the Medical Director of Health regarding hygiene.
As a result, we have taken these measures for Covid-19 and other comparable infectious diseases:

- Before settling into our vehicles, everyone needs to disinfect their hands. Also before coming to our local offices at Langjökull to dress in appropriate clothing.
- Customers are all given a clean buff (headscarf) to prevent helmet contact.
- We try our best to ensure that it is 2 meters between customers. We also ask our clients to respect the 2-meter rule.

All contact surfaces are cleaned several times a day and also the overalls and helmets are sprayed with detergent after use with a substance called Virkon. It is an antiseptic and kills any germs it comes into contact with. The scarves and gloves are then cleaned at the end of the day and used only once a day to prevent infection.