7 of the Best Waterfalls in Southern Iceland to Visit

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Ready to see the best waterfalls in Southern Iceland? Most of them are very accessible and easy to navigate to along Route 1, Iceland’s prominent highway that loops around the island nation. But why visit Southern Iceland to see waterfalls?

Southern Iceland is home to some of the world’s most most spectacular waterfalls, each offering a unique glimpse into Iceland’s breathtaking natural beauty. From the iconic Seljalandsfoss, where visitors can walk behind the cascading water, to the powerful Skógafoss and the enchanting hidden gem of Gljúfrabúi, these waterfalls are must-see attractions that captivate with their sheer force and stunning surroundings. Keep reading to see my list of the top 7 waterfalls in Southern Iceland.

1. Skógafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss is perhaps Iceland’s most iconic waterfall. It’s renowned for its impressive 60-meter (197-foot) drop and a width of 25 meters (82 feet), while being super accessible. Located in Southern Iceland about 25 miles west of Vik, Skógafoss is located right off route 1. Once you park, it only takes 5 minutes to walk to the falls. An added perk of Skógafoss is that it also is the beginning of an epic hike called Waterfall Way, which showcases 26 waterfalls in total.

2. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

If Skógafoss is not the most famous waterfall in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss might be. Located in South Iceland about 40 miles west of Vik, Seljalandsfoss allows visitors to walk behind its cascading waters. At nearly 200 feet tall (197 feet) tall, Seljalandsfoss offers an unforgettable experience and stunning photo opportunities from both the front and behind the waterfall. How many other waterfalls can boast being nearly 200 feet tall while allowing visitors to walk completely behind them?

3. Gljúfrabúi Waterfall

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall is maybe my favorite waterfall in Iceland. It doesn’t get the fame some of the other waterfalls on this list get, but it’s just so cool!

Often referred to as the “hidden waterfall,” Gljúfrabúi Waterfall is a mesmerizing sight tucked away within a narrow canyon near Seljalandsfoss in southern Iceland. You can access Gljúfrabúi Waterfall by walking through a shallow stream, which leads to an enchanting 40-meter (131-foot) waterfall and offers a serene and secluded experience. I highly recommend going to see this one in person, but be sure to wear a waterproof jacket and waterproof shoes or hiking shoes!

4. Kvernufoss Waterfall

Kvernufoss Waterfall is located right down the street from Skógafoss, which means a lot of people overlook this one. I personally liked this waterfall, which allows you to walk almost completely behind it. This 30-meter (98-foot) waterfall offers a peaceful and less crowded experience, with a scenic trail that builds up suspense as you get closer. If Kvernufoss wasn’t located so close to Skógafoss, it might be a much more popular waterfall in Iceland.

5. Hangandifoss Waterfall

Hangandifoss Waterfall, located in the Hengifossá River in southeastern Iceland about 60 miles west of Höfn, stands as one of the region’s tallest waterfalls with a dramatic 128-meter (420-foot) drop. This waterfall wins my award for having the most beautiful surrounding scenery. In fact, this waterfall is not even the main attraction on perhaps Iceland’s most epic hike, Múlagljúfur Canyon. If you find yourself navigating east of Vik, do yourself a favor and go see Hangandifoss. Your jaw will drop.

6. Skalabrekkufoss Waterfall

If you decide to hike Waterfall Way past Skógafoss, Skalabrekkufoss will greet you just a few miles in. Before you reach Skalabrekkufoss, you’ll see 7 other waterfalls. At 141 feet tall, most hikers on Waterfall Way want to make it to at least this waterfall before they turn around. For most other locations in the world, this would certainly be a destination waterfall. But on Waterfall Way, it’s one of many beautiful waterfalls!

7. Midskalagil Canyon Waterfall

One of the lesser known waterfalls, Midskalagil Canyon Waterfall is located in Southern Iceland about 2 miles from Route 1 near the area of Skálakot. After a little less than a mile hiking Skálakot Manor to Canyon Waterfall, you’ll reach Midskalagil Canyon Waterfall, which is hidden deep in the narrow canyon. I personally loved this hike and waterfall because it literally had 0 other people around. I was the only one in the parking lot, and the only one hiking this terrain towards Midskalagil Canyon Waterfall.

Getting a good view of this waterfall is difficult as it falls deep into the canyon. You’ll have to be somewhat brave to get near the edge of the canyon to capture a shot like the above video.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Southern Iceland’s Best Waterfalls

Thank you joining me on my adventure highlighting the best waterfalls in Southern Iceland. Which waterfalls did I miss in Southern Iceland? I wish you a wonderful adventure discovering the beauty of Southern Iceland’s best waterfalls.

Happy wandering!

Anthony Bart
Author: Anthony Bart

Hello! Welcome to HappyWanders! My name is Anthony, I'm on a mission to live a life full of adventure and to help you to do the same. As an ex-corporate worker and current entrepreneur, I've been working to design a life with more time for adventure and less time for the 9-5 grind. If you're ready for an adventure, you're my type of person!

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