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Explore the waterfalls in North Iceland

In North Iceland, you'll find numerous beautiful waterfalls.

In North Iceland, you'll find numerous beautiful waterfalls. Two of them have enjoyed more attention than others, with Goðafoss having a strong link to the history of Christianity in Iceland and the other one, Dettifoss, being the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Let's take a look at the waterfalls no one should miss out on while traveling in North Iceland.

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Kolugljúfur canyon, pictured above, is only a 5-minutes drive away from the ringroad in Víðidalur valley. Kolufossar is the name of the waterfalls that plunge into the canyon. The waterfalls and the canyon are named after the giantess Kola. Legend has it, that Kola lived in the canyon and fished salmon from underneath the waterfalls. In 2018, a viewing platform was set up by the canyon, offering a splendid view.


In Skagafjörður is a lesser-known waterfall called Reykjafoss. It can't really be seen until you walk right up to the canyon it plunges into. A walking path from the road near Vindheimamelar leads visitors to the right spot. Follow road 752 and 753 and find little signs that show you the way to the parking space.


Goðafoss in Skjálfandafljót rivers is one of the most popular destinations in North Iceland. Sitting right by the ring road, the facilities around the waterfall have been dramatically improved in the last few years. Paved hiking trails, nature trails and viewing platforms make this a very accessible highlight. In the year 1000, the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion, Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall. Goðafoss Waterfall is part of the Diamond Circle.


The most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, can be viewed from both sides of the canyon Jökulsárgljúfur. On the east side lies a gravel road, so drive with caution. On the west side is a paved road, leading to a parking lot with bathrooms. Hiking trails lead to several viewpoints where visitors can experience the sheer force of the waterfall. Be sure to dress accordingly, as it's highly likely that you'll get wet from the drizzle of the waterfall. About a kilometre to the south of Dettifoss is Selfoss, a smaller waterfall but spectacular nonetheless. To the north of Dettifoss is Hafragilsfoss, surrounded by the amazing Rauðhólar.


Aldeyjarfoss is further south in Skjálfandafljót river than Goðafoss, and some say it's even more amazing. All around the waterfall is the majestic columnar basalt, making this waterfall extremely popular amongst photographers. It's easy to get there during summertime. Follow road 842 and continue on the highland road F26 for just a few kilometres, and you're there.

Enjoy your visits to the waterfalls of North Iceland and please share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #northiceland

Mígandi/Hjallafoss í Vatnsdal