Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice but what we found to be true was it is the land of waterfalls. I suppose when you add fire and ice, you would end up with a lot of water 🙂 Since we were there in the summer, there were waterfalls everywhere! Whether they are cascading down cliff faces or trickling through rocks, I love waterfalls! Here are three of my favorite that I would say are the best we saw in the south.
When you look at pictures of Iceland online, I’m sure that Skogafoss is probably one of the top photos that comes up. It is popular for a reason though, I mean look at it! Huge dramatic waterfall surrounded by cliffs covered in lush, green moss. I really liked how close you can get to the waterfall since the river that flows from it is pretty shallow. Be prepared to get soaked because the spray is crazy here! You can climb up to the top of the cliff to get a different perspective (see the lookout point in the photo below) but we didn’t do that. That means we’ll have to go back 🙂
Me and my brother for scale 🙂
If you want to get pictures without anyone in them, be prepared to just sit and wait it out (or get even closer)!
This is another popular waterfall for a very good reason; you can walk behind it! From the front, you have a smaller waterfall that has a pretty dramatic plunge into a pool of water. But, the real magic happens when you follow the path and get to see it from the back! I would recommend bringing a wide angle lens if you want to get a great shot from behind the waterfall. However, make sure you and your camera are wearing protective gear here because you will definitely get soaked!
View from behind! So cool, right?
This one is more of a secret because it looks so unassuming from the front. You can actually keep your car parked at the lot for Seljalandsfoss and walk here. You essentially walk through a shallow river and then get up close and personal with a waterfall pouring in from the opening in the top of a cave. This was one of my favorite experiences in Iceland so don’t miss it. Oh, and just like the other 2 waterfalls, keep your rain gear on for this one!
Me taking the photo (above) vs. my dad taking it (below)… make sure to bring someone along who knows how to get the shot! haha
There are so many great places to explore in Iceland so stay tuned for more posts and itineraries from our trip!