Waterfalls And Northern Lights – Icelands Magical Wonders

Iceland has numerous stunning waterfalls that are a wonderful addition to the itinerary of a trip to view the stunning phenomenon of the Northern Lights. Icelands smorgasbord of natural wonders draws millions of visitors to the country each year, with each attraction more astonishing than the next. From the monster drops of Gullfoss, Dettifoss and Godafoss, to the smaller ones like Hengifoss and Glymur, the country is inordinately blessed with waterfalls. Three of the most spectacular ones worth visiting in the southeast region are Seljalandsfoss, Gullfoss and Skogafoss.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

When travelling to good viewing locations for the Northern Lights, Icelands numerous waterfalls are impossible to miss, and make an impressive backdrop. During the day, Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a very popular destination for visitors. These falls are considered the country’s most picturesque, and the surrounding geography offers the unique opportunity of seeing them from the bottom or the top of the cliffs above, where the water begins its cascading drop. The 63-metre waterfall is tall, narrow and absolutely awe-inspiring. Seljalandsfoss has the added attraction of being within walking distance of another distinctive waterfall, Gljufurarfoss. Gljufurarfoss has a unique structure where the cliffs still encompass much of the cascading water, leaving some of the waterfall hidden. This striking feature has earned the falls the local name of the spooky falls.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss Waterfall is one of the country’s major touristic attractions and it part of what is known as the Golden Circle route of natural wonders. This thunderous waterfall drops 32 metres into a deep gorge and is a photography enthusiasts dream location. The well-attended visitors centre narrates the history of the falls and leads to a path enabling you to view both the upper and lower tiers. Like the world famous Northern Lights, Icelands Gullfoss Waterfall is considered a must-see attraction for any visitor’s itinerary.

Skogafoss Waterfall

The Skogafoss waterfall is 60 metres wide and 25 metres high and is a truly magnificent sight – especially for photographers. The force at which the water cascades over the cliff creates a beautiful cloud of mist that, on a sunny day, may form beautiful single and double rainbows during its interplay with the light. Skogafoss is almost as popular with visitors as Gullfoss, which is partly due to its easy access. For a more challenging experience, visitors can follow the trail to the top of the cliff for views of the waterfall cascading down, as well as a panoramic view far beyond to the Atlantic Ocean.

Even if the primary reason for your visit is to view the spectacular Northern Lights, Icelands magnificent collection of waterfalls should be high on your itinerary. The natural wonders this country provides, both day and night, cannot all be seen in one trip, leaving many travellers eager to return for further exploration.

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