When you are driving the roads in Iceland, you can't avoid the feeling that you are on a long scenic drive journey. Sometimes on a road trip in almost any region, it feels like you are in a landscape painting.  It doesn't matter whether you are on the Ring Road or any other road in the countryside. On a bright and sunny summer day, the landscape seems to call out for attention everywhere. Mountains, waterfalls, rivers, glaciers, volcanos, fascinating animals and beautiful small villages with clear blue skies in the background. 

Take care when stepping out of the car

Although you are not places near a specific natural wonder or some well-known tourist attraction you often come across a place in the landscape that urges you to stop.  One such place is the river/waterfall Fossálar. Fortunately, there is a small parking space on the south side of the road so you can park there.  But keep in mind that it is very dangerous to stop a vehicle anywhere on the shoulder of the road and rush out, to take a photo, view the landscape or try to pet a horse or a cow by a fence. Another car can appear on a short notice and both the driver and people standing, walking or running on the road are in immediate danger.

Park your car in a parking lot, and you will enjoy Fossálar

If you park at the small parking space and walk with caution to the other side, you are in for a treat as the flowing water in this part of the river is gorgeous and the place peaceful despite the fact that the Ring Road is only a few meters away. Trout fishing is allowed by permission in the river, and it is a courtesy to be extra cautious when someone is fishing and avoid getting too close to the riverbank or the river.

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Below is the location of Fossálar on the map of Iceland

Fossálar waterfall/river


There are not many waterfalls in the Icelandic highland that have become popular or major attractions.  One of the reasons is the relatively short time that the Highland in Iceland is open, only from the middle of June until late September. That doesn't mean that Iceland lacks spectacular waterfalls in the Highland.  Waterfalls like Fagrifoss, Ófærufoss, and Sigöldufoss are good examples.  One of the beautiful waterfalls in the Highland is Gýgjarfoss located near the Highland Road Kjalvegur or Kjölur Nr. 35, just by the road Nr. F347 leading to Kerlingarfjöll and Hveradalir. The waterfall is in the river Jökulfall which has its source in the glacier Hofsjökull, and the mountain ridge Kerlingafjöll along with many small spring-fed rivers.  Eventually, the river joins the mighty river Hvítá that provides the stream for our most spectacular waterfall Gullfoss.

Gýgjarfoss has spectacular surroundings

Although the waterfall is only about 5 meters high and around 20 meters high, it is fed by a powerful source which has an impressive volume. The flood can vary depending on the season with more volume during spring and early summer. Sometimes on a warm day the flood is much more in the afternoon than in the morning. The surrounding area around Gýgjarfoss is quite impressive with the mountains in the background and the fascinating gorge downstream. It is a wonderful place for photographers. 

Quite accessible during summer although a 4X4 is recommended

Gýgjarfoss waterfall is a convenient part of the drive Kjölur or Kjalvegur road trip. When you are driving the Road Nr. 35 and turn to Kerlingafjöll and Hveradalir the waterfall is as near the road as possible. So if you are interested in seeing this waterfall, there are many other wonderful natural wonders you will see on this road trip in addition to the magnificent scenic drive in the Highland.

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Below is the location of Gýgjarfoss waterfall on the map of Iceland

One of the beautiful waterfalls in the Highland is Gýgjarfoss located near the Highland Road Kjalvegur

Iceland is packed with waterfalls. So if you are a waterfall fanatic or if you just love to visit magnificent waterfalls you should take a trip to Iceland. If you travel around the country on your own time in a rent a car or a camper, you will run into a waterfall sooner than later.

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Few places that are popular tourist attractions in Iceland are photographed more than Seljalandsfoss waterfall. There are many reasons as anyone can see by doing a image search on Google. To begin with it is without doubt a beautiful waterfall and an astonishing creation of nature. It is located by the Ring Road in Iceland and is easily accessible for anyone who has a car.

Best time to photograph Seljalandsfoss

There are very few places on the planet where you can see, experience and visit as many natural wonders as in Iceland.  If you look at the ten natural wonders presented in this article is amazing that you can experience all of them on a small peaceful island up north in the Atlantic Ocean.  In some other places on planet earth, you might find similar places and same natural wonders, but the distance between them makes it impossible to visit unless you spend weeks or even months traveling.

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Yet another stunning waterfall in Iceland. Aldeyjarfoss is situated in the north of Iceland, north of the highland road Sprengisandur (Road F26). Therefor the waterfall is almost on the boarder of the highlands. It is an overwhelming sight to see the powerful river, Skjálfandafljót drop 20 meters down next to the majestic basalt columns in Aldeyjarfoss. Besides the basalt columns the lava field it is a part of contains a broad variety of rock formation. Although bit of a hassle to get to since a 4WD vehicle is needed a pitstop by Aldeyjarfoss is completely worth it.

Yet another stunning waterfall in Iceland, Aldeyjarfoss.


The waterfall Þjófafoss is part of the Þjórsá river that stretches from the Icelandic Highland all the way to the south shore in the Southern Region in Iceland.  It is the longest river in Iceland 230 kilometers from Bergvatnskvísl the northernmost source at Srengisandur.  According to folklore and history, the waterfall got its name from practice in the old judiciary system in Iceland, as thieves were thrown into the waterfall to finish their sentence. Almost without exception, none have ever been seen again. The waterfall is south of the beautiful mountain Búrfell. The river is a "tamed beast" as the water flow is controlled and supervised by Landsvirkjun, the main producer electricity in Iceland. As a consequence sometimes the river dries up, and the powerful waterfall almost disappears. A bit strange, but would probably have been welcomed by some of the criminals who were thrown into the waterfall ages ago.

We recommend the south side

The waterfall is accessible from both sides although there is a considerable distance between access to the north side and the south side as it is impossible to cross the river by the waterfall.  Access to view the waterfall Þjófafoss the south side is easier and also more impressive.  For those interested in photography having the mountain Búrefell as a background is also more impressive than the flatland background from the northern side. But then again you need to view the waterfall when the water is not being utilized by the power company.

Access is quite easy

If you are driving on the Ring Road Nr. 1 in the southern region in Iceland you take a turn on Landvegur Road Nr. 26 between Selfoss town and the village of Hella. You drive approximately 45 kilometers north, and you will see a sign for Þjófafoss waterfall.  The drive to the parking lot by the waterfall is about 4 kilometers. 

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Below is the location of Þjófafoss waterfall on the map of Iceland

The waterfall Þjófafoss - thjofafoss - is part of the Þjórsá river
Nov 16 2016

Here we have the second highest waterfall in Iceland, which is how it deserves its name, Háifoss or The High Waterfall. Since it is so high, it feels relevant to show it in parts, although you can also see beautiful photographs of the whole waterfall here. This photo shows the very start of it, zoomed in, to also be able to enjoy the detailed layers of different rock and mud around it, including tiny basalt rock formations. Háifoss is situated close to the volcano Hekla, as well as the famous glacier river, Þjórsá making it one of many worthy stops on your way through the south of Iceland.

Here we have the second highest waterfall in Iceland

Around the country in many of the recommended pitstops the facilities are always getting better. Whether it is a walking path to experience safely a family of geysers, a support rail to step in to the slippery hot spring or a sightseeing platform like this one. As we have mentioned before there are many ways of viewing Ófærufoss, and this particular platform lets one see the waterfall as a whole from above. It is great when these interventions are subtle and don’t disturb the surrounding view.

As if the waterfall wasn’t enough, the mountains around it with its layers of rocks and moss make this a perfect pitstop.


Sigöldufoss waterfall is one of those strange beasts in the Icelandic landscape that has been transformed by an enormous engineering project in the process of building a hydroelectric power plant. For hundreds and thousands of years, it was part of the glacial river Tungná where a large volume of glacial water forced its way downstream with all its mud, ashes, dirt, small rocks and load of other substances being transported to the shore by the river. When Sigalda Powerplant was built some decades ago, the glacial water was moved from the river into a tunnel to drive the hydroelectric turbines for the production of electricity.  What was left, was a small river (compared to the enormous force from the glacial river) of spring water and this part of the river became a spring water stream.

Changes that altered the waterfall

Although the former waterfall was quite impressive as the huge volume fell the 6 meters, it could be argued that it is much more beautiful today.  There is less water and clear water.  After probably thousands of years of a powerful glacial river falling off the cliffs a deep place formed in front of the waterfall. Today this translates into the turquoise blue color that gives the waterfall and its environment an extra charming look. And with the green vegetation and the cliffs and the canyon it became quite a beautiful little natural wonder. Almost like the power plant took it through a natural wonder cosmetic remake. Consequently, in the process, we got a wonderful waterfall that is a joy to view. For those who like to see the former waterfall, every 20 years or so the power plant needs maintenance. At that time the glacial river is reunited with the waterfall, and it changes dramatically.  The last maintenance was in 2009.

Although in the Highland Sigödufoss is quite accessible

An asphalt road that goes farthest into the Icelandic Highland to Hrauneyjar and Sigölduvirkjun Power Plant is right next door to the waterfall. This makes access to Sigöldufoss quite simple.  On the Ring Road number 1 you take a turn north on Landvegur Nr. 26. After about 63 kilometers you take a left turn on the F26 mountain road Sprengisandsleið. 22 kilometers farther you take a right turn on the F208 mountain road Nyrðri Fjallabaksleið and stop a few kilometers farther between the bridges and you will not miss the waterfall.

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Below is the location of Sigöldufoss on the map of Iceland

Sigöldufoss waterfall is one of those strange beasts in the Icelandic landscape that has been transformed by an enormous engineering project in the process of building a hydroelectric power plant.