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Trip Report Iceland - Dramatic Waterfalls Travel Report

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The dramatic landscape in Iceland covered by glaciers and lava is truly one of a kind. It’s so unique as if the visitors landed on another planet, even extraterrestrial might find it impressive. You cannot take a bad photo when you are in Iceland.

Another unique feature in Iceland is the waterfalls. Not only they are stunning to look at, but also many of them have fascinating folk mythologies. Waterfalls, in Icelandic, are ‘foss’.

The five most famous waterfalls in Iceland are probably the Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Gullfoss, Dettifoss, and Goðafoss. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are in the South Iceland and could be seen on the way to the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour, and Dettifoss and Goðafoss are located in the north-eastern regions. I have seen the two amazing waterfalls as I joined the “South Coast & Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon” day tour from Reykjavik – Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Check out knycx_journeying blog for photos and a detailed trip report: http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-Qy

Skógafoss is located on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. The waterfall is 60 meters in height and is one of the biggest in the country with a width of 25 meters. The waterfall is also a setting of the legend of ‘Þrasi Þórólfsson’s chest of gold'.

Seljalandsfoss is situated between Selfoss and Skógafoss, and it’s my favorite. The best time viewing the waterfall would probably be sunset. The waterfall is 60 meters in height and a bit narrower than Skógafoss. I like it because it is possible for visitors to walk behind the waterfall.

Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour and it’s probably the most well-known and most visited waterfall in Iceland. Gullfoss literally means “the golden waterfall”, has some fascinating theories how this name came about...

Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe in terms of volume. The waterfall is 100 meters wide and has an average water flow of 193 cubic meters per second! Like many other waterfalls in the country, visitors could get close to the waterfall on both sides. The waterfall makes the surrounding rocks vibrate and the vibration could be felt touching by hand.

Goðafoss is located in the Bárðardalur district of North-Central Iceland beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. Water falling from the Skjálfandafljót river at 12 meters in height and over 30 meters in width, it is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Iceland with its dark, horseshoe-shaped canyon washed over by white silky water… it really is outstanding. The name came from yet another dark Icelandic folklore about lawmaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði...

Check out the photos and folklores about the dramatic waterfalls in Iceland! http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-Qy

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