I’m back with more tips from Iceland. This time – waterfalls! The waterfalls in Iceland are something else. We visited three major ones and all were unique and beautiful.
This one is located in the southern region and was incredible because you could actually walk behind it and see it from a different perspective.
Tips for Visiting
Prepare to get wet. You will want to wear your waterproof clothes and shoes for this one. Definitely worth it though.
To see this waterfall, I suggest planning a day trip to Vík and catching this one and Skógafoss on the way there. Leave early in the morning – we left from Reykjavík at 8 – and the trip took two hours to drive there. This was our South Iceland adventure day and we were able to catch all of these sights on the same day. Because it takes such a while to get to Vík from Reykjavík, you’ll want to tackle this trip in one day and not have to spend another day driving back there.
Pack a lunch! You will go through a few small towns on your way. There are gas stations and I think a Bónus store on the way, but we didn’t check for restaurants. I believe there are restaurants in Vík where you could grab lunch, but again, because it is such a drive to get to these places, we took food so we could eat on the way and catch all of the sights before dark. Here’s a list to check out. Can’t personally recommend any of those restaurants but they look delish!
I will be doing a separate post on Vík and the Black Sand Beach so stay tuned for that.
While you can’t walk around behind this one, you can climb what will feel like 1000 stairs and see it from above. The workout pays off when you reach the top.
Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most well-known waterfalls and the one you’ve likely seen photos of on social media. It is located in the southwest region. It’s massive and breathtaking to see in person. The blue of the water is spectacular. We arrived to this one later in the day – around 5:30, which is just before the sun sets at the time we were there in January.
Tips for Visiting
Plan to visit the Geysir on your way to Gullfoss. I can’t guarantee that you’ll see an eruption but it’s a great stop to check out on the way. The little shop and restaurant they have at Geysir is very nice, so if nothing else at least stop in there for a bit if you need a break.
On the way here be sure to visit Þingvellir National Park, which I will also highlight in another post. Stay tuned for that as well.
The one that we regret not seeing is Bruarfoss. And the only reason we didn’t get to go to that one was because when we discovered the road that we’d need to take to get there, it was covered in ice and was a little steep so that made us nervous and we didn’t want to take the risk. You do have to park and hike a little ways to get to it. That’s one that I would love to see in the summertime when we could hike up to it.
I don’t know about you but this makes me want to go all the way back to Iceland and chase even more of the gorgeous waterfalls that are there. If you guys have any other favorite waterfalls, let me know. I’d love to hear all of your recommendations.
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