Travel Thursday – Icelandic Waterfalls

Gullfoss

The Dalai Lama said it best with this statement, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” To me, this is flawless advice. Outside of writing, traveling is one of my other big passions. I am so fortunate to have traveled to some wonderful places. To combine these two passions, I decided to devote Thursdays to travel blogs discussing some of the destinations I have been and why I loved them. Welcome to my ‘Travel Thursday’ blog series!

I have always loved waterfalls. The sight of the water flowing down and the sound of the massive rush of water hurtling down are both awe-inspiring to me. So, it should come as no surprise that I absolutely adored Iceland’s many stunning waterfalls. The glaciers and geysers were cool, but for me, they had nothing on the views at the waterfalls. Don’t worry though I’ll be discussing those geological features in another Travel Thursday blog soon.

Even though my journey to Iceland was back in 2005, I still very vividly remember the sights and sounds of three magnificent Icelandic waterfalls.

Gullfoss

One of the most impressive things about Gullfoss is the stairstep feature of the falls that leads to one giant cascading fall. That last drop is around 69 feet. It was also neat how you could, at least in 2005, walk out on the rocks so close to the falls near that top level. I was there in May when it was ‘slightly’ warmer temperatures and unlimited daylight, but the pictures of Gullfoss in winter appear just as remarkable.

Seljalandsfoss

In addition to being absolutely beautiful, an amazing feature of Seljalandsfoss is visitors can walk behind it. Even through the sound of the falling water breaking through, being behind the falls provides a surreal serenity. These impressive falls drop around 197 feet to the ground. The pure green hills on the sides of the waterfalls perfectly compliment it to provide gorgeous, completely photo worthy scenery.

Skógafoss

It is absolutely astounding to be able to stand at both the bottom and top of Skógafoss. Each view provides an inherent respect for the waterfalls. Its impressive height of around 200 feet provides spectacular views both at the top and bottom. Marvel fans who visit here will love that some scenes of Thor: The Dark World were filmed here.

Iceland’s Cascading Falls

Have you noticed that ‘foss’ is at the end of each of these three locations listed above? That is because it means waterfall in Icelandic. It is a good thing they have a term for it since there are around 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland! For those interested in learning more about or checking out the waterfalls in Iceland, here is a list of some of the major ones to visit in various regions of the country. This site also provides some more information on must-visit falls and a map showing where they are located in Iceland.

Now, I just need to go back to Iceland to see these remarkable waterfalls in the winter when the Aurora Borealis light up the sky!

Be sure to check out next week’s Travel Thursday blog on Brugge, Belgium.

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