Iceland has many of the most beautiful and impressive waterfalls in the world. If I were to cover all of them this blog would be way to long. These are only my personal favorites. It´s impossible to rank them so the order is random. I hope you enjoy! :)
Beeing one of the biggest tourist attraction in Iceland there´s no surprise that Gullfoss is in this blog. Gullfoss is a part of the ever more popular Golden Circle tour. As one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth. When you get closer you feel the intense power of the water that has an average of 140 m³/s of water running over in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. Gullfoss is only 1,5 hours from Reykjavík.
In a part only a fraction of Iceland´s tourists visit, the Westfjords, you find one of the most unique waterfalls I have ever seen. 100 meters high with a shape that´s almost like it was made by ancient gods it's totally worth the drive. It will take you more than five hours to drive from Reykjavík so I would recommend spending a couple of days in the westfjords and check out Látrabjarg and Rauðisandur also.
My personal favorite is Dettifoss. If you like big powerfull waterfalls this will make the top of your list also. It is the largest waterfall in Iceland in terms of volume discharge, having an average water flow of 193 m3/s. It stands 45 meters high and 100 meters wide and is extremely loud! Dettifoss is part of the diamond circle in the north of Iceland that also includes Húsavík and Mývatn. From Reykjavík it will take you almost 7 hours to get there but from the "northern capital" Akureyri it will only take you a little more than 2 hours.
Situated in the ever so busy south Iceland and only a few meters from the ring road this is a really popular attraction. It is also the starting point for the hike over Fimmvörðuháls so don´t be surprised to see people suspiciously well equipped to see a waterfall. Less than 2 hours from Reykjavík this is something almost every tourist that makes it out of the capital sees. Skógarfoss is totally worth a 10 minute stop!
Only 25 minutes drive from Skógarfoss you will find Seljalandsfoss. What makes this waterfall so popular is the fact that you can walk behind it! There´s a pathway from the left side of it that goes behind it and you come out on the right. Prepare yourself to get wet!