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Day Trips from Reykjavik: The Best Waterfalls in Iceland

Friday Jul 17, 2015

Day Trips from Reykjavik

One of Iceland’s star attractions is its waterfalls. With the perfect conditions for such stunning natural beauties, Iceland is home to some of the most unique waterfalls in the world. The best way to see these must-see sights is to rent a car in Iceland and take day trips from Reykjavik to get to each waterfall. This means you can set up base in the city, experience everything Reykjavik has to offer and still take in Iceland’s stunning natural landscape. With a car you will not only see the falls, but also the surrounding scenery of the countryside and wilderness on your drives. And don’t worry; while it may be called Iceland, summers can actually be quite comfortable and there is rarely any ice on the roads themselves!

Here are just some of the best waterfalls in Iceland, that are close enough to Reykjavik that you can take a day trip to see them:

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Just an hour-a-half from Reykjavik, Gullfoss Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Iceland and one of the most famous. With a scenic drive to get there, the waterfall is located in the canyon of Hvita River in southwest Iceland. Gullfoss is also known as the “Golden Falls” for on a sunny day the water can look beautifully golden. Water plunges from a glacier down two steps and into a 32 meter-deep crevice, and is a spectacular sight to see.


Haifoss Waterfall

Haifoss Waterfall in Iceland

The second tallest waterfall in Iceland and a just one-hour-and-50-minute drive from Reykjavik, the 122 m-tall waterfall stands next to another waterfall, known as Granni (or the neighbour). The ideal time to visit is when both waterfalls are in full flow and there is a little bit of sun, this is when you really notice the desolate Icelandic surroundings of the waterfalls, which only highlights the beauty of the falls. The drive to this waterfall can be a little bumpy, but it is well worth it. Take your time on the roads and stop as many times as you have to to take in the rugged landscape.



Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss Iceland Waterfalls

Skogafoss is a two-hour drive from Reykjavik but is well worth the adventure. A rival of Gullfoss as the best waterfall in Iceland, the waterfall is a classic rectangular shape that drops 60 m and has a width of 20 m. What’s so incredible about this waterfall is that its high volume of water gives off a loud thundering sound, and produces an incredible mist above its crashing waters. This waterfall is easy to access and you are able to get pretty close to the base, hence why it is so popular with tourists.

Glymur Waterfall

Highest Waterfalls in Iceland Glymur

Just one hour away with your Reykjavik rental car, Glymur is said to be the tallest waterfall in Iceland, at 196 m tall (although this can change as new waterfalls are being created all the time). The drive to this waterfall is something to remember, as is the hike to the waterfall itself. You pass through caves and natural arches to get to the bottom of the falls, or you can take an alternative trail to reach the top of the waterfall. Whichever way you decide to view it, the result is stunning.

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