An Ode to the Icelandic Waterfalls

Skogafoss, Iceland

I just love waterfalls.

There is something about waterfalls that immediately has me in awe. The sound of the water crashing down, the way the sun glistens off the water, and the fact that this is just all pure nature, I find it so incredible!

It is safe to say that I am completely in love with waterfalls, and lucky for me Iceland is covered in them!

Skogafaoss, Iceland

This past weekend the Viking and I visited four waterfalls.

Four waterfalls that were equally gorgeous, yet unique in their own way.

And, all of these waterfalls, they are less than a two hour drive from my house!

Life in Iceland, it is pretty great.

Waterfalls South of Iceland

H and I have made it our mission to make the most of the beautiful winter weather we have been having lately and re-visit some of our favorite spots to capture them in their winter coat. You never know when this winter weather will turn on us and we will be stuck inside for months like last winter so no sunny day goes to waste.

With sunshine on the forecast (thank you Iceland weather gods for all the sunshine lately!) the Viking and I woke up early Saturday morning, packed up the car with snacks and camera gear, and headed off to visit the waterfalls of the south of Iceland.

We took this sunrise as a sign that we were about to have a beautiful day exploring.

Winter Sunrise in Iceland

Bonus, these amazing sunrises are happening before 10am, summer is in the air:)

After falling all over again for a snow covered Bruarfoss I knew that we had to return to my favorite waterfalls in the south of Iceland, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.

Waterfalls in South Iceland

Just another thing to love about life in Iceland, how close I live to such beautiful places!

The fact that I can go from sitting in my pjs watching tv to taking in this view in just an hour, it makes me fall in love with Iceland all over again!

And other awesome thing about Iceland, the fact that with each season the places in Iceland change, meaning I could revisit the same waterfalls at different times of the year and would find some new factor to swoon over!

Waterfalls in South Iceland

After a quick stop at Seljalandsfoss (and the hidden waterfall!) we made our way over to Skogafoss. During this short drive I swear the temperature dropped a degree with every mile we went. By the time we were at Skogafoss I had to look twice to make sure I wasn’t reading the temperature wrong, it was -12°C!

Now I know I have been going on and on about how I am adjusting to the Icelandic winter and enjoying the cold and snow, but -12°C, I draw the line there.

While I was more than content sending my Viking off to get some pictures while I kept the car warm he did not agree that this was a fair trade. So I layered up, and thought warm sunny thoughts.

And as soon as I stepped out of the car I forgot all those warm fuzz feelings I have been having about Iceland lately. I think my face says it all.

Waterfalls South of Iceland

Clearly I just love when the freezing Icelandic wind whips around, especially when it brings a face full of snow with it.

My sourpuss mood went away quickly, thanks to the sun that came out from behind the clouds, and of course Skogafoss. How can I be grumpy when taking in such a beautiful sight?!

Waterfalls South of Iceland

While Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are beautiful they weren’t the reason for our south coast adventure. The Viking and I were on a mission to discover a new to us waterfall, one that I had stumbled upon during some online research. H and I weren’t really too sure where to find this waterfall, all we knew was that it was near Skogafoss, and we had a not so detailed description of how to find it.

Challenge find new waterfall accepted!

To be safe though we asked a local, especially since there was a lot of the snow in the area we didn’t want to get stuck somewhere. With improved information from our new local friend we headed off in search of the waterfall.

Waterfalls in South Iceland

Our new friend may of been a bit off when he told us there wasn’t that much snow on the pathway. The things I do for waterfalls.

The Viking and I continued on our waterfall search though, making sure to be extra careful in the deep snow, it was an adventure we won’t be forgetting anytime soon. There will be a full post about this waterfall later on, but for now here is a sneak peak.

Kvernufoss, Iceland

Waterfall challenge completed!

Waterfalls in South Iceland

Standing behind this beautiful waterfall, it was totally worthy the snowy hike!

And after this past weekends adventure I am even more in love with waterfalls. Since this is the month of love and all I am trying to convince my Viking we have to visit a new waterfall every weekend, we will see how this plan works.

Other hidden gems I discovered this weekend…

You never know what you will find when exploring Iceland ?

A photo posted by Kaelene (@unlockingkiki) on

Just a fence line of bras, no big deal.

Like I said, this weekends adventure is one that the Viking and I won’t be forgetting anytime soon :)

Question of the Day?
What is your favorite kind of winter adventure? What are you loving lately?

I am super excited to be joining some lovely ladies for this months travel link up, all about love! Share what you love with us and link up below!


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  • Silvia

    Lol at your face in the cold! I know that feeling well, haha. Those waterfalls really are so gorgeous!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Haha, it was so cold and windy! But the waterfalls, they were worth it:)

  • Megan Indoe

    We are big waterfall lovers too! The photos are amazing, we really have to plan a trip to Iceland!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Aren’t waterfalls just the best! You will definitely have to plan a trip to Iceland, there are so many gorgeous waterfalls here!

  • Kathleen Norris

    Swoon! I cannot imagine having these beautiful sights just two hours from my home. And I’m glad y’all took the time to enjoy them in the winter! :) After reading all your posts in Iceland, it has officially been added to my life of places to go!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Sometimes I can’t believe it either! I hope you get to make it to Iceland one day, it really is a gorgeous place! Thanks for reading!

  • Aimee

    Immediately, my mind goes to “Someone removed their bra in -12*C?!?!?! I hope they’re okay!


    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Haha right! There were so many of them on the fence!

  • Casey

    So gorgeous in the Winter! Nick loves Waterfalls and I’m sort of “ahhh” about them, but I will say, Iceland has no shortage of them :)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It really is so gorgeous in the winter. I wonder if someone has ever counted how many waterfalls there are here, or if it is even possible?

      • Casey

        I’ve wondered that too… there have to be thousands!!!

  • Kate

    I feel like you don’t even have to be an expert photographer to capture this–it seems like every single picture is beautiful! I got a kick out of the bra on the fence photo–maybe it’s like the “take a penny, leave a penny” jar? You know, just in case you need to change up your bras or something while you’re out on a snowy hike ;)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It is so true, Iceland is just so gorgeous you can’t take a bad picture here! Haha I really am so curious about the bra thing, I will have to go back this summer and see if they are all still there.

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I think you’re pretty much a pro when it comes to the cold now! xx

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much dear, I am amazed at how many layers I can get on now:)

  • Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld

    Just beautiful! I was swooning over your Instagram photos all weekend, they are seriously amazing. And what a great plan to see a waterfall every weekend of February, I hope the weather allows you to :D There are lots of waterfalls in Chile too, many of which I am excited to see but for me I get that same feeling from mountains, I love them so much!!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much Marcella! Are there lots of good hiking trails in Chile? Mountains and waterfalls are the best!

  • Hugo Cura

    Looking good with all that snow!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      The snow sure does make it beautiful around here:)

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    The waterfalls are just so beautiful, I’ve never seen a waterfall in the snow in real life before.

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I never had either until moving to Iceland! Now I am hooked on them:)

  • Helene

    love this link up idea! how fun! and your waterfall pics, as always, should be in magazines!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Isn’t this fun, a little Monday wanderlust! Thanks so much girl!

  • Rachel @ STCL

    It looks totally freezing but so gorgeous out there! I love that you and H venture out for fun adventures every weekend!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It was so cold, but I was so happy to see some sunshine:)Thank you Rachel!

  • Olya

    Love this linkup idea! The waterfalls are so stunning! :)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks Olya! And thanks for linking up:)

  • Amanda MeeMee

    Oh my goodness, the frozen waterfall is awesome!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Doesn’t it look awesome, I am loving the frozen waterfalls!

  • Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi

    I for one aren’t surprised that you’ve fallen for Waterfalls they are simply glorious! (Though I’m with you on the -12°C! Brrrrrr!)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Aren’t waterfalls so lovely, I just love them! And really -12 is just far to cold!

  • Jeannie | Life With a View

    Those waterfalls and your weekend trip look so lovely :)
    Also, love the link up…thanks girl!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks girl! It was soo cold but at least the sun was out. Weekend adventures are the best:)

  • Rachel

    How beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever seen properly snowy waterfalls before. They’re gorgeous in a completely different way to normal watery-waterfalls. Lucky you to have this so close to your house – however, the -12 you can keep….

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I never even thought about snowy waterfalls before until I came to Iceland, now I can’t decide if I like waterfalls better in the winter or summer!

  • Carolann

    I’m obsessed with these pictures and with waterfalls – I’ve been known to schedule entire days on my vacations around visiting waterfalls! I’m so glad you’re able to get out and enjoy the beautiful winter you are having!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much Carolann! I think scheduling days around waterfalls is the best way to spend a day!

  • Eric Brink

    One interesting thing about Iceland tourism in general and waterfalls in particular is the different cultural views of safety. When Gayle and I went to Seljalandfoss in December 2014, all the guide told us was to be careful if we chose to walk behind. It was dusk, it was snowy and icy and even my adventurous spirit said No. For anyone saying yes, I suppose that’s why the volunteer Iceland rescue folks stay so busy. :)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      So very true, there is a much more relaxed view on safety, although with the increasing tourism I have noticed this changing and become a bit more strict, which is definitely a good thing I think.

  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Ah so beautiful!! Also, somewhat unrelated, but you always look fantastic in your photos– no matter how cold!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Awe thanks so much Daisy!

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Wow! You’re making us miss Iceland so much! What a beautiful place to live! Thanks so much for sharing! ;-)

    Lloyd & Yaya xx

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thank you! It really is a beautiful place to live, there are so many places to explore I feel lucky getting to live close to all this natural beauty!

  • Shane Prather

    Always amazed by the gorgeous falls of Iceland! Swear I’m visiting when I’m back on that side of the globe!!!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I am too, the waterfalls here are so beautiful. Yes! And when you visit I will be your waterfall tour guide :)

  • Kristen @ SYIAP

    minus 12 degrees?!!! NO WAY. oh hell no. haha. gorgeous photos though, so i’m glad you suffered for us ;)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Right, brrr! Thankfully it warmed up, to a whole -2 degrees, but it almost felt tropical compared to the -12.

  • Lisa K

    I love that you’re getting out there and finding waterfalls that are not well known. Can’t wait for the full post on the new one you found!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much Lisa! I find it so fun to look up new places and try and find them:)

  • Sophie @ October’s Girl Blog

    Wow, those waterfall photos never stop being amazing! I wouldn’t want to be living in -12, but you definitely get good compensation with stunning views like that!

    Sophie :-)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thank you! I love taking pictures of waterfalls they are so beautiful, and the pretty views help make the cold worth it:)

  • Jessi @2feet1world

    Beautiful shots! Man Iceland looks so gorgeous in all weathers :)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much Jessi :)

  • Jamie | ink + adventure

    I definitely think these views are worth the cold! you are definitely lucky to have all this in an hours drive :)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It amazes me how many beautiful places are so near to my house! I definitely feel really lucky.

  • Van @ Snow in Tromso

    Just so beautiful!! And definitely worth the cold ;)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki


  • laurenonlocation

    These are so beautiful! I’m not a cold-friendly person either, but these look more than worth it! It must be nice to be so close to so many natural treasures! Just another reason to put Iceland on my bucket list :D

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I have never been a fan of cold weather but it is started to grow on me, a little bit, the beautiful scenery helps:)

  • Robyn

    Iceland looks incredible and so worth the cold! Fantastic shots.

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It is definitely worth the cold!

  • Frankie |

    So incredibly beautiful! Did you sing Waterfalls by TLC as you hunted for it? We used to do that when searching for waterfalls in NZ… though having said that, we were children at the time ;)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Waterfalls by TLC tends to be sung on these adventures, its a must right:)

  • casacaudill

    How beautiful! Thanks for taking the trek and sharing it all with us

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks for reading!

  • Clare Thomson

    I love your photos! What an amazing day out, discovering waterfalls in the snow and ice. I’m sure there can’t be many places on earth you can do it so easily from your home. You make me very keen to visit Iceland – even in the cold, which it’s fair to say I’m not keen on…Love your linkup.

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much Clare:) Even in the cold I think Iceland is worth the visit, it is so beautiful!

  • Emily Ray

    Absolutely beautiful photos – makes me want to go right back to Iceland to take a closer look at the country <3

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yes! I vote another trip back:) Thank you!

  • Polly Bagley

    Your photos are simply stunning! Now that I live in the desert, I crave wintery adventures…I think I need to get to Iceland pronto.

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thank so much Polly :) Some time in the warm desert sounds wonderful to me right now:)

  • Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    Aw what a nice post! I love waterfalls but I haven’t seen any impressive ones in Scotland yet! I mean my first ever waterfall was Niagara Falls which are damn impressive so it’s been hard to top that haha but I would think that Iceland could surely convince me otherwise! :)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I still need to see Niagara Falls and so many others in the US! Iceland definitely has spoiled me with having so many waterfalls all over the place!

  • Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    how is this real life?! Stunning.

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Right! There are so many beautiful waterfalls here!