Iceland is said to be the land of 1,000 waterfalls, and rightly so. It has developed as one of the hottest tourist destinations for photographers and adventurers looking for something different. I traveled to Iceland not sure what to expect - a bit of culture, a bit of unknown - and maybe a bit of adventure. It exceeded expectations on every level. This article highlights my Top 5 of Iceland's famous waterfalls and the epic landscape photos from them. I did take all of these photos and take 100% photo credit.
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Seljalandsfoss, Southern Iceland
The first and my absolute favorite waterfall in Iceland is hands down - Seljalandsfoss. This is a truly stunning waterfall, if you look closely you can see the people behind the waterfall and on the trail on the bridge to give you scale of the image. This wide landscape scene is even more beautiful in person, you can take the short hike behind the falls for a whimsical feel, or take a longer walk along the base of the hills for some of the smaller waterfalls. It is not uncommon to see wildlife come through this area naturally. In the mid summer the hills bloom with flowers, a perfect scene for all travel photographers.
Svartifoss, Southern Iceland
Svartifoss is up there on my top list of Iceland's waterfalls, I would rank it as my second favorite waterfall because of pictures like this. Svartifoss takes a bit of hiking, which will weed out larger groups of tourists - but you will be rewarded with a beautiful photo of this waterfall among the basalt columns and neon green moss. I took several pictures of this waterfall, including wide angle photos including the entire falls - but my favorite was this image highlighting just the base with the contrasting columns and moss.
Bruarfoss, Western Iceland
Bruarfoss takes a little local experience to find because it is not one of the top waterfall destinations in Iceland. You can explore these falls from several angles, from above - or down at the waters edge. Shooting a photo like this from above highlights the blue color of the glacier water flowing through. This is a beautiful location, and generally unknown or inaccessible to most tourists -- in fact, after shooting here for over an hour and half I did not see a single person (or photographer) outside of my small group.
Skogafoss, Southern Iceland
I almost always photograph landscape locations without people in the photo, but that 2% of the time - people provide scale to my photographs. Take this picture of Skógafoss - the isolated tourists provide an idea of just how large this waterfall is. Skogafoss is another popular destination among travelers through Iceland. It is well worth the time, but be ready for the spray! Adventurers in the group can hike up and around to the top of Skogafoss. Photographers will want to take pictures back along the trail to catch the entire scope this giant waterfall.
Gullfoss, Southern Iceland
Gulffoss may not be the most photogenic waterfall in Iceland, but it certainly is one of the larger more powerful waterfalls. Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland due to its easy access and breathtaking power. It produces one of Iceland's highest volume of water - the width of this waterfall is absolutely amazing.