Chasing Waterfalls: the Unique & Varied Fosses of Iceland

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Heading into a week in Iceland, I knew I would see waterfalls. What I didn’t know was just how many waterfalls I would see — they are everywhere! And what is amazing about them is how truly different they all are.

Because Iceland has several glaciers around the island, nearly all the waterfalls in the country are created by glacial runoff. The water comes down from the higher altitudes plunging off cliffs, trickling like streams or creating massive rifts in the landscape depending on where in the country they are. Foss in Icelandic means waterfall, so all the waterfalls are named something-foss.

Although I had seen photos of many of the different waterfalls on Instagram, I was still surprised how many different ones there truly were. There are tall ones, there are skinny ones, there are huge ones, there are layered ones – they are all unique! Although we saw some that were similar, no one was exactly the same.

I saw waterfalls nearly every day on the 7 day roadtrip, but below you’ll find pictures of some of my favorite fosses!

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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