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NOMADSofORIGIN takes you to the must-see waterfalls across Iceland on a journey to follow water turning into ice

Words: Emily Georgieva

Photography: Aditya Chinchure

02 December 2019

Volcanoes and glaciers are surely a view worth seeing and some of the best things about Iceland, but the waterfalls are something else. There are so many of them located all around the country and each one seems to be different and is worthy of your attention. From smaller ones to massive waterfalls, this is NOMADSofORIGIN's ultimate guide to the wonders of the Iceland falling water.

Have you ever seen a waterfall from behind? You can see one in Iceland. Seljalandsfoss is unquestionably one of our favourite spots. It is so precious in its uniqueness; it is hard to even begin to describe it. You can look at it from pretty much all possible angles. Facing its front or walking all the way to see the water falling from the back, it is up to you how you will experience this natural phenomenon.

Halfloss is a bit different. It is kind of easy to access, but it is positioned off the road on beaten tracks. It is a view that is worth the trouble of getting there, you can trust us on this one. The waters look clean as they fall heavily to the ground, leaving you in awe.

Glujfrabui is one of the rare ones. It is located in a canyon - yes, you read this correctly. Its eccentric position makes it quite an adventurous challenge to explore. Taking the paths around it, you can even climb all the way to the top of the canyon and see the waterfall in all its magnificent.

Dettifloss and Selfoss are both massive constructions of the Mother Nature. If you have the time, you can see them from both sides. It is about an hour and a half drive from one side of the other, but you will be able to see the difference in the perception. Those waterfalls are powerful and there is somewhat of an intensity in their movements.

How about swimming in a natural pool at the bottom of a waterfall? A place like this does exist. The Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is the place to be if you are a fan of one-of-a-kind experiences. As the waterfall runs down in a smooth unison with the rest of the nature surrounding it, people can swim in its shallows. There are rocks surrounding it and the water is not deep enough to dive into, but there surely are not a lot of other places where you can swim in the waters of a waterfall.

Iceland is a country that knows how to impress with its visual wonders. Have you been anywhere we much know about and share as an experience? Write to us for a chance of your story to be featured on our website. 



NOMADSofORIGIN is an independent annual publication with a focus on sustainable travelling and global cultural values. Each issue features interviews, engaging articles and photo guides, which take our nomadic readers through different destinations and introduce them to local people's perspectives.



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