Svartifoss (Black Fall) is among the most famous waterfalls in the country. In fact, it was the inspiration behind the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik.
The water drops about 20 meters in front of a natural background created with black basalt columns. To reach it, you must hike about 45 minutes each way from Skaftafell’s entrance.
Jökulsárlón is considered one of Iceland’s natural wonders. It has slowly formed throughout the decades as the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
While today it is considered to be Iceland’s deepest lake, the beauty of this lake is not in its size, shape, or depth, but on the glacial background and the icebergs floating in it.
As the glacier melts and breaks into pieces, these icebergs float a slow procession through the lake until they reach the ocean and melt.
Just standing there, watching the ice slowly float to its death makes this a unique place worth visiting. You can also ride a boat/Zodiac to get closer to the glacier and icebergs.
Reaching Mount Mælifell (Measure Hill) was probably my favorite experience in Iceland.
With its awe-inspiring green moss and its stand-alone pyramidal shape surrounded by a vast, black desert landscape, Mount Mælifell has become one of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks.
It makes you feel like you just entered another world.
Mount Mælifell is a volcano standing almost 200 meters tall, which you can hike to the top. It is reachable only by a 4×4 vehicle since the path leading to it is not paved, in terrible shape, and crosses several rivers (some of them pretty deep).
While the drive is long, slow, and arduous (about 10 to 12 hours round-trip from Reykjavik), it is worth doing it.
Throughout the journey, you’ll see the seemingly endless black desert wilderness of Mælifellssandur, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, as well as the mountains of the Fjallabak region, among others.
You can take the F210 (the one I took and loved) or the F261 (seems to be shorter) to reach Mælifell. Both require a 4×4.
Landmannalaugar is an area full of geothermal nature baths in the Highlands of Iceland. It is also famous for its notable surroundings full of spectacular rock formations, lava fields, and multicolored rhyolite mountains.
Two of its most famous mountains are Blahnjukur (‘Blue Peak’) and Brennisteinsalda (‘Sulphur wave’).
Thanks to the area’s renowned beauty, from here you can start the most popular hiking trail in all Iceland – the Laugavegur trail.
It takes four days to hike and ends at the Thorsmork valley on the south. Naturally, it is full of stunning wilderness only hikers can witness.
Haifoss, with a fall of 122 meters, is the third highest waterfall in Iceland. Besides having an impressive height, the setting on which it falls makes this a stunning sight to visit.
Another waterfall, Granni, accompanies Haifoss, and they both share the waters of the Fossa River, which is a tributary of the glacial river Þjórsá – Iceland’s longest river.
Reaching Haifoss is not too difficult, though the road leading to it is unpaved and in relatively bad shape. But, once you reach the end of the road and stand at the edge of the cliff, you’ll see this panorama is completely worth the bumpy ride.
Not too far from Reykjavik, you’ll find Glymur – Iceland’s second highest waterfall standing 198 meters tall. Glymur was considered the highest waterfall in Iceland until Morsárfoss was measured in 2011 – reaching 240 meters tall.
Surprisingly, not a lot of people visit this fall. To get to it, you must hike for two to three hours round-trip, through green mossy cliffs, and along a beautiful, narrow canyon. The hike gets a bit tough at some points, but take it slowly and enjoy the river and mountain views.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the best-known waterfalls in Iceland since it is easily visible from Route 1 (the famous Ring Road), and it looks just as stunning from far as it does from up close.
Additionally, this waterfall has a very peculiar feature; a cave behind the fall that allows you to walk right behind it. Don’t miss doing this walk. If it is a sunny day, you might catch a glimpse of a rainbow or see a stunning sunset.
The waterfall drops 60 meters and is part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull (the one that erupted in 2010).