Discovering Iceland's waterfalls, geysers, and glaciers
Tuesday, 29 March 2022
Iceland is a land of pure contrast. From magnificent waterfalls and glaciers to stunning sunsets and vast green spaces, all ready for you to explore. On one of our Iceland cruises, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of some of these magnificent sights, as well as enjoy the brilliance of your cruise ship as she glides through the surrounding icy waters.
In this article, we take a look at some of the most-impressive waterfalls, geysers and glaciers that are just a must-see if you’re planning to head to Iceland. Not only do we talk about some of the best Iceland attractions, but we also speak to travel enthusiasts for their opinions and comments on some of the locations.
Natasha Amar from the blog The Boho Chica spoke to us about the magnificence of Iceland and why anyone should visit if they have the chance: “Iceland's landscape is dramatic and forces the visitor to pay attention, something that comes naturally, thanks to thunderous waterfalls, spouting geysers, otherworldly ice caves, and glaciers that tell the story of climate change. Here, the forces of nature reign supreme, and the human relationship to the earth permeates every aspect of culture, from the language (nearly a hundred words for snow) and legends (you'll hear about the troll rocks) to clothing (layers are your best friend).”
Waterfalls, glaciers, and geysers to see in Iceland:
Kirkjufell or Church Mountain as it is commonly known is a popular location for tourists and locals alike who visit the west of Iceland and is only a short 5-minute drive and walk from the port of Grundarfjörður. This location is one of true beauty and it is often described as the most photographed mountain in Iceland. The stunning mountain is accompanied by Kirkjufellsfoss the crashing waterfall that rushes to the lake that surrounds the base of the mighty peak.
Kirkjufell is a location that Natasha recommends to those visiting the area, commenting: “I also recommend visiting the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland for lesser-known sights such as Kirkjufell, a perfectly conical shaped mountain backed by Kirkjufellsfoss, a beautiful waterfall that plunges into the lake.”
For those looking to visit Kirkjufell, it is a great location within a short walk from the port and can be explored with relative ease. For those who want to spot a glimpse of the waterfall, a flatter walk will lead you to the peak, or those who would like a bit more of a challenge can explore the summit and get some great views over the waters.
An hour’s drive from Ísafjörður, although easily accessible on a guided coach tour, Dynjandi Waterfall is the jewel of the Westfjords and breathtakingly beautiful. If you’re wanting to explore the true beauty of Iceland on a port day, then this is a must-see, the waterfall drops a mighty 100-metres crashing to the pool below. For those wanting to walk to the peaks of the waterfall, you’ll pass 6 other smaller waterfalls below Dynjandi all just as stunning.
Jurga founder of the blog Full Suitcase recommended Dynjandi Waterfall to us and provided a little more commentary on the location: “Iceland has hundreds of waterfalls, each more beautiful than the next, so choosing which ones to visit might be overwhelming. One of the most unique and most special waterfalls we’ve visited on our multiple trips in Iceland is Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords. Dynjandi is often mentioned as the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland and it sure lives up to its name.”
Iceland’s most visited and most popular geyser, Strokkur Geyser is a spectacle that has to be seen in person to be admired. Although it is not as active as it once was, those who visit and get a glimpse of it erupting will never forget the feeling. This is something that Jurga also spoke to us about as she highly recommends visiting: “If you are looking for geysers in Iceland, the best place to be is the geyser area on the ‘Golden Circle’. Here, you can see the most active Strokkur geyser that sends jets of water and steam into the air every few minutes.”
Strokkur Geyser is situated in the Golden Circle and is around an hour and 40 minutes from the port of Reykjavík although there are always guided bus tours to the location for those wanting to visit.
Krista from the blog Krista The Explorer loves Strokkur Geyser and spoke to us about her trip to the location: “During our 6-day trip to Iceland, we ventured to some incredible waterfalls and glaciers. With the longer day-time hours in May, we were able to visit the famous Strokkur Geyser later in the evening, after the tour buses had left, and we had it all to ourselves. If you’re short on time and want to see at least one waterfall, Gullfoss is only 10 minutes from Strokkur geyser and is one of the most visited (and impressive) waterfalls in Iceland.”
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Situated in the Westfjords, Bunárfoss is another spectacular waterfall that falls from the Icelandic cliff edge and is approximately 4 miles west of Ísafjörður so is a great location for those enjoying an Icelandic cruise. Sitting in the Tungudalur Valley, the waterfall is long and narrow and sits high above the paths below.
For those wanting to climb the heights of the waterfall, there is a path that runs alongside it and offers expansive views across the land.
Many of Iceland’s glaciers are situated inland, meaning they are often quite a distance from some of the ports you will visit on a cruise holiday, however, we think that Langjökull is well worth a visit if you have the time whilst at port.
Situated 3 hours from Reykjavík but easily accessible on a day coach trip, Langjökull is the second-largest glacier in Iceland at 935 square kilometres (361 square miles) and is a real sight to behold. It is popular with those looking to enjoy a Jeep or snowmobile trip and is also a common location for skiing also.
If you’re looking to book a value cruise to Iceland or want to know what sort of sights you can see on an upcoming cruise that stops in Iceland, then hopefully this guide has given you a little inspiration and guidance. For more tips, guides, and advice, make sure to visit our blog page.