Waters of Iceland: Top 7 Most Beautiful Waterfalls

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Dettifoss

Iceland is an astonishing country of cold glaciers, fire-breathing volcanoes, boiling geysers and, undoubtedly, waterfalls. In all its territory, you can observe dozens of famous waterfalls, with their own names and legends.

The reason for the huge number of waterfalls in Iceland is a special structure of the continental layers of the earth's crust and a variety of landscapes. The second cause is the glaciers of Iceland, which in summer are actively melting, filling the numerous rivers with water. Therefore, there are magnificent waterfalls, different in size, power and shape. In this article we will introduce the most interesting and unusual waterfalls in Iceland.

Dettifoss

Dettifoss the Europe's most powerful waterfall, situated on the north-east of the island and is the middle link in the chain of the three largest waterfalls on the Yokulsau-au-Fjödlum (glacial river in the mountains).

Svartifoss
Its dimensions are really breathtaking: the width is about 100 meters, the height is 45. The route to Dettifoss is usually laid from the port city of Husavik in the north through the unique canyon of Asbirga.

Güdlfoss

In the southern part of the island, not far from the capital, flows the river Hvitau. It is remarkable for the most popular and favorite tourist waterfall Güdlfoss (golden waterfall). This landmark, together with the national park Tingvelir and nearby geysers form the "Golden Ring" of Iceland. The waterfall is interesting because it consists of two steps located to each other at a right angle, after which the river breaks into a deep gorge.

Skógafoss

On the river Skouga, near the town of Skógar, lies the Skógafoss waterfall, one of the most prominent in Iceland and its visiting card.

Seljalandsfoss
Waterfall with a width of 25 meters breaks from the 60-meter cliff, crumbling into thousands of splashes, which, hanging in the air, glow under the sun with all the colors of the rainbow.

Morsárfoss

Morsárfoss is the highest cascade in Iceland, finds itself in the Vatnajökull National Park. It is located in the place of the offshoot of the Morsárjökull Glacier from the ice cap of Vatnajökull (the largest ice cap in Iceland). There is a steep rock, originally hidden under the glacier. From its 227-meter height, the melt waters of Vatnajökull are falling down, forming several waterfall belts. The river that forms the thawed waters of the glacial tongue is called Morsá.

Svartifoss

Magnificent, unusual and popular “black” waterfall.

Goðafoss
Hexagonal basalt columns of black color were created inside the lava flow, which cooled very slowly. The rock crystallized and acquired such an unusual shape. Pressure on the upper pillars is very large and often they do not stand up and break. The bottom of the waterfall is strewn with debris.

Seljalandsfoss

Selalandsfoss can be called the most beautiful and picturesque waterfall in Iceland. There is one feature that distinguishes it from the others: you can safely stroll around the stream of water, watching it from the inside. Waterfall is located on the Seljalands River, its height is 60 m.

Goðafoss

The waterfall Goðafoss with a turquoise water is located on the Skjálfandafljót river. The water flow of 30 meters wide falls down from a height of 9-17 meters. According to legend, when the state recognized Christianity, idyllic pagan gods were thrown into the stormy waters of Goðafoss, from which the name came.

Don’t forget to hire a car to get to these famous waterfalls. The best way is to get a car in Reykjavik and book a car rental at Reykjavik airport. This is just a small part of the amazing and unique waterfalls of Iceland. Many of them do not even have the name, but they amaze with their beauty.

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Dettifoss
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Svartifoss
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Seljalandsfoss
Goðafoss
Goðafoss