The flow of water enhances the beauty of any landscape multifold. We have all seen this precious life source adding to the glory of nature in the form of swift and rapid rivers, cascading waterfalls, pristine lakes and vast oceans.
One truly wondrous and unforgettable sight for me was when I witnessed it spouting wildly from the deeper layers of the earth, like a vigorous fountain, roaring in its fury as it began to reach for the sky. Having attained its peak, it collapsed the next moment with a loud thud, only to stir up its core and rise again, and then again, every few minutes. What a spellbinding sight it was!
I was at the great Geysir, Strokkur, the famous active hot spring in Iceland that erupts about every 6-10 minutes, due to high geothermal activity in the area. It usually goes up to 30 meters of height, and before it begins to fall, it has already cast a lasting, bewildering impression on its bystanders! You can imagine people standing around it, and waiting patiently to get a perfect picture, like I attempted to get this one! 🙂
A trip to the Geysir can easily be done from Reykjavik (capital of Iceland) as part of the popular Golden Circle sightseeing route, which covers three major attractions in the range of 100-150 kms – the Þingvellir National Park where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the spectacular double-layered waterfall of Gullfoss, and the active Geysir in the Haukadalur Valley.
Read my post about the most stunning waterfalls of Iceland
A trip to Iceland cannot be relaxed. It will make you up sit up, and seriously watch out for what it has to offer. And believe me, you won’t be able to take your eyes off either! It opens a window to a nature unseen, unthought of and unimaginable. I am still fishing for superlative adjectives to describe its magnificence, because for me, ‘stunning’ and ‘spectacular’ may fall a little short in doing justice to its beyond-extraordinary, mega-impressive and super-prolific beauty. Nature, beyond doubt, has all weapons its her armoury to make one go speechless.
There is just plenty to write about Iceland. It is a country of volcanoes, craters, glaciers, waterfalls, natural hot springs, ice lagoons, lava caves, and so much more that I didn’t know where to begin. Finally I decided to dedicate this post to something that besieged our way all around at every step in Iceland – its waterfalls. We did a complete round trip along the Ring Road, and oh, boy, there were waterfalls everywhere! and how beautiful at that!
There are over 10,000 waterfalls in Iceland, and we visited some of the most gorgeous ones that this little island country is so deservedly famous for. They distinctly ranged from being dreamy, magical, delightful to being ferocious, gigantic, and sinister.
Waterfalls in the South
The intriguing and iconic double-waterfall of Gulfoss, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. It is a part of the Golden Circle Tour, in the Southwest, which covers the Þingvellir National Park, and the Geysir Geothermal Area too. These are all within easy distance from Reykjavik.
An extremely mesmerizing waterfall in the Southern region of Iceland is Seljalandfoss. It’s really one of its kinds as it has a path through the rocks which leads behind the waterfall, where you can go and take pictures. Be careful, as the path is a bit slippery, so one must have proper shoes and a waterproof jacket / raincoat to keep from getting wet.
A visit to this fall gave us some of the most lovely moments. There was a time when we found ourselves at the foot of the rainbow! Yes, it was not in the sky, it was on the ground, coming to life when the setting sun right in front offered its radiance to the waterfall. How would it feel to hold the rainbow in your arms, or walk while it colours every step of yours. Well, I know now!
Another beautiful waterfall in the Southern region of Iceland is Skógafoss, and can be easily covered along with Seljalandfoss as they are only 30 kms apart in distance. You can easily walk upto the fall, and it can be really overwhelming standing next to it considering its 60m height and the force it falls with.
Waterfalls in the North-East
One of my personal favourites on the trip was the Godafoss waterfall (or the waterfall of the Gods), which lies in the North-eastern region of Iceland. It’s picturesque and spectacular beauty is such that it has many professional photographers with their tripods hooked onto the best viewpoints for hours. A bit annoying for the rest of the visitors, but I’m happy I got a few nice images 🙂 If you can avoid the rush hours, you can dwell in its celestial beauty in peace. This fall really makes a visit up there a big worth!
The giant waterfall in the north-east Iceland has been named the most powerful one in Europe. It was the one to leave me completely overwhelmed by its magnitude and the loud roars. The sound still resonates in my ears, so sharp and clear. If you’ve watched the movie ‘Prometheus’, you’ve seen this one in the opening clip. I can personally not get over this ‘beast’ easily, as the locals call it.
Another of nature’s delight, or may be a scare. Well, it left me with quite a shiver. Selfoss was about a kilometer from Dettifoss, and had us walking over a blanket of rough boulders on the way, following the marked signs.
It was a long series of waterfalls, showcasing the immense power and energy within, leading to dissipation of a dense mist where the water fell with maximum force. It won’t be easy to forget the sight. Being able to get so close, for the first time, felt really insignificant witnessing the nature’s devastating power!
Have you been to Iceland? Which other waterfalls did you see?!
I was revelling in the tranquil and mellow of the Highlands of Iceland, watching the blue skies and soft white clouds casting a mirror reflection in the still and silent waters of a meandering river. While being right at the verge of disappearing in oblivion, and becoming one with my peaceful thoughts, I got knocked back at the sight of my husband who was about to throw a stone into the river.
Of course he was unaware how I was in conversation with the solitude, drawing energy from nature’s growing calm. But I couldn’t bring myself to call out and stop him. I was just so drawn away. It was a moment when you know it’s going to be over soon, but it’s too late to do anything.
I felt the silence break, even before the stone plopped into water.
The splashes invaded the stillness, both of the waters and of the thoughts, and it was time to move to our next destination, quite merrily 🙂
Thanks to smartphones, it’s never too late to bring the camera alive!