15 Awesome Waterfalls Near Reykjavik You Should Check Out

Gullfoss is one of the best waterfalls in Iceland

Looking for some incredible waterfalls near Reykjavik to check out?

During our three day trip to Iceland, we based ourselves in the capital of Reykjavik. Taking various day trips out of the city to see some of the incredible sights Iceland has to offer.

One of those trips included the South Shore Adventure. On this particular group day trip, we travelled south from the capital to explore the likes of the black sand beach, Vik Village, glaciers and of course, incredible waterfalls.

15 Awesome Waterfalls Near Reykjavik

We’ve put together a complete list of incredible waterfalls near Reykavik that you could easily visit in a day before returning to the capital.

To visit any of these waterfalls you’ll either need to join a group tour, hire a car or book a taxi as no public transport runs out of the city to any of these locations.

1. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Selijalandsfoss waterfall is one waterfall you simply have to visit on your trip to Iceland. We love this waterfall as you can actually walk behind to look out through the falling water – be careful as it’s wet, slippy and when cold can be icy too.

There are barriers along the waterfall to mark out a clear safe path to walk as well as stairs and steps built into the wall edge to make getting up and down from the waterfall safer.

2. Skogafoss Waterfalls

One of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland is Skogafoss. This 60-meter waterfall runs into a river at ground level which in turn creates some incredible rainbows.

At this particular waterfall, you can climb to the top to see out over the drop and a panoramic view of the surrounding areas.

3. Gullfoss Falls

Just 10 minute drive from The Great Geysir is Gullfoss Falls. This double fall waterfall stands at 32 metres with multiple surrounding vantage points.

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The journey from Reykjavik to Gulfoss is around 2 hours by car, however, there are many other fantastic waterfalls along this route which we’d recommend visiting along the way.

4. Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

Kirkjufellsfloss waterfall is situated in Kirkjufellsa river and is just five-metres tall. With Kirkjufell towering in the background it makes for a pretty amazing photo opportunity.

Due to its easy access and crystal clear water Kirkjufellsfloss waterfall is popular on a summer evening when the northern lights are most active. However, thanks to new larger walking paths and an extended parking area you shouldn’t struggle to access the waterfall even in peak season.

5. Glymur Waterfall

Glymur waterfall is the second highest waterfall in Iceland at 198m. However, Glymur waterfall can’t be accessed from the road. Instead, you’ll need to hike to it.

With a one hour drive from Reykjavik and a further 3-hour hike visiting this waterfall is an adventure which will likely take up the majority of your day.

6. Svartifoss Waterfall

Situated in the south of Iceland is Svartifoss waterfall. This waterfall is so unique and symbolic to the people of Iceland that it was used in the design of the Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik back in 1945.

The waterfall itself is situated a 1.5km walk from the information centre in Skaftafell which also has a small number of shops and restaurants.

7. Haifoss Waterfall

Haifoss is one of the highest and most striking waterfalls in Iceland. Situated in a fascinatingly narrow gorge the waterfall drops 122 metres into the River Foss.

It’s recommended that you only visit this waterfall in the summer months. Sadly, during winter you’ll find that due to high winds a snowdrift may quickly come in making the area extremely difficult to navigate without prior knowledge or experience.

8. Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall

Situated in the north of Iceland is Aldeyjarfoss. With a drop of just 20 metres, this isn’t the tallest waterfall in Iceland however, there’s something incredibly beautiful about watching the water navigate through the columns of rock into the river below.

Aldeyjarfoss is located just 42km from Goðafoss waterfall making it the perfect addition to your trip around the north of Iceland.

9. Faxi Waterfall

Popular with many group tours leaving Reykjavik is Faxi Waterfall which is located in the south of Iceland at Tungufljot River.

Faxi Waterfall - Exploring The Best Waterfalls In Iceland

The waterfall is 80 meters wide and 7 meters high with just one drop. The popularity of Faxi waterfall has seen the local council install a large viewing platform which you can safely walk along to view the waterfall from multiple angles.

10. Hraunfossar Waterfall

One of the most unique waterfalls in Iceland is Hraunfossar. Located next to the popular Barnafoss waterfall, Hraunfossar is the widest waterfall in Iceland and spans a distance of almost 900 metres.

Both of these incredible waterfalls are less than a 2-hour drive from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik.

11. Barnafoss Waterfall

Barnafoss translates directly to children’s falls and is based on an old story that says that children of a house nearby disobeyed their parents and went out near the waterfall.

When the parents came home and found the children missing they retraced their steps only to find the tracks ended at the edge of a natural stone bridge.

The mother concluded that the children must have fallen into the river and drowned. Some people believe the mother went onto destroy the bridge to ensure no other child had the same fate, others believe it was an earthquake.

Either way, Barnafoss waterfall is a beautiful sight and one well worth visiting when in Iceland.

12. Dynjandi Waterfall

Dynjandi is known as the jewel of the Westfjords, and you can see why. Standing more than 100 metres tall, many people see the resemblance to a brides vail as the water scurries down from the top of the fall.

To get to the viewing platform at the foot of the waterfall you’ll need to hike for around 15 minutes from the car park along a path which was constructed by volunteers back in 1996.

13. Gljufrabui Waterfall

Gljufrabui is a particularly majestic waterfall due to the majority of its 40-metre drop being hidden behind a large cliff.

To see the true beauty of Gljufrabui you’ll need to go through a narrow opening at the base of the cliff or climb a steep path to the top of the cliff.

Just 700 metres from Gljufrabui is Seljalandsfoss which makes for another great stop on your tour of the best waterfalls in Iceland.

14. Dettifoss Waterfall

Dettifoss is located in the Vatnajokull glacier and is said to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The waterfall itself is a massive 100m wide and drops a great 45m.

Located in the National Park in the north of Iceland travelling here from Reykjavik would take around 7 hours one way.

15. Goðafoss Waterfall

Goðafoss waterfall is 30 metres wide and 12 metres high and is located on the river Skjalfandafljot in the Northern part of Iceland.

Travelling here from Reykjavik takes around five hours one way. There are multiple other waterfalls in and around Goðafoss so we suggest spending at least two days exploring this northern region of Iceland.

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