5 Waterfalls Near Reykjavík

Waterfalls near Reykjavík
Waterfalls near Reykjavík

Looking for a great picnic spot? Maybe you are visiting Reykjav√≠k and don’t have much time to travel to the countryside but still want to see the beauty Iceland has to offer. Luckily for you, you don’t need to travel far to see Iceland’s stunning waterfalls. These are five waterfalls near Reykjav√≠k!

KERM√ďAFOSS Waterfall


Reykjav√≠k is the starting point for many great adventures in Iceland, yet many will miss out on Kerm√≥afoss, a waterfall hiding within the city. Kerm√≥afoss is hidden within a park in the Elli√įa√°rdalur valley.Kerm√≥afoss is only 18 minutes from Reykjav√≠k. Not many cities in the world have their own waterfall.¬†

Kerm√≥afoss is the largest series of falls in the Elli√įa√° river within the valley. The park offers a great area for short hikes, bicycling, and even salmon fishing with the proper permit!


  • Kerm√≥afoss is well marked and easily accessible with Google Maps.
  • You can find the waterfall in Hj√≥last√≠gur, Reykjav√≠k, Iceland.
  • The drive is around 18 minutes from the center of Reykjav√≠k.

Learn more about Kermóafoss here.

Helgufoss Waterfall

Helgufoss, Mosfellsbær, Iceland

Helgufoss is a hidden gem in Iceland, and it’s only 30 minutes from Reykjav√≠k!

Compared to the giants in Iceland, this waterfall is small in stature. Helgufoss only stands at roughly 39 ft (12 m). What makes this a hidden gem is the waterfall’s beauty. Helgufoss is very picturesque as the water cascades down the mossy volcanic cliffside into a beautiful stream below. Helgufoss is located on the Laxness trail, also known as the “Poets Path,” in the Mosfellsdalur Valley.¬† You don’t have to complete the whole trail to view the waterfall.

Helgufoss is not far off of HWY 36, which is part of the Golden Circle’s northern route. Despite its ease of access, the proximity to Reykjav√≠k, it remains a “hidden” gem. So if you’re looking for a nice spot for lunch outside the city, Helgufoss makes a great picnic area.


  • Helgufoss is easily accessible with Google Maps.
  • It is located shortly off of the Golden Circle on the F-Road Helgufoss.
  • The drive is around 30 minutes from Reykjav√≠k.

Learn more about Helgufoss here.

Tungufoss (Mosfellsbær) Waterfall

Tungufoss Mosfellsbær Iceland Waterfall

Tungufoss is a small 13 ft (4m) waterfall hiding within the Mosfellsbær area, which is still in the greater Reykjavík area. Tungufoss is only a 25-minute drive from the center of Reykjavík!

Both Icelanders and visitors pass by this waterfall without much thought. Tungugoss is fed by a small stream that crosses directly under HWY 1, the Ring Road. However, the waterfall is not viewable from the road. Those who visit Tungufoss are most likely locals of Mosfellsbær. You may find some locals taking a swim below the fall.

When visiting, you will see the ruins of some past buildings. This was a power station constructed on the waterfall in the 1930s but has been long abandoned since. Tungufoss is now protected as a natural monument in Iceland.


  • Tungufoss (Mosfellsb√¶r) is well marked and easily accessible with Google Maps.
  • Leirvogstunga, Mosfellsb√¶r, Iceland is where you can find walking paths to the falls. Google Maps shows the access point to these paths.
  • The drive is around 25 minutes from Reykjav√≠k.

Learn more about Tungufoss here.

Tröllafoss Waterfall

Tr√∂llafoss, also known as¬† Trolls’ Falls or Tr√∂ll waterfall, is another beautiful waterfall located in the Mosfellsdalur valley. Leirvogs√° river. Tr√∂llafoss is only 35 minutes from Reykjav√≠k.

Despite the name, there isn’t any folklore related to Tr√∂llafoss. Still, you may find a few locals dipping into the mystical pool below the waterfall.


  • Tr√∂llafoss is well marked and easily accessible with Google Maps.¬†
  • Tr√∂llafoss is located near Skeggjasta√įir farm, but you will have to travel on a small gravel road to get there.
  • The drive is around 40 minutes from Reykjav√≠k.

Learn more about Tröllafoss here.

√ĺ√≥rufoss Waterfall

√ě√ďRUFOSS Iceland

√ĺ√≥rufoss or Thorufoss, is only 40minutes from Reykjav√≠k. This powerful waterfall of 54 feet (16 m) is one I accidentally stumbled upon and mostly overlooked by tourists.

For Game of Thrones fans, √ĺ√≥rufoss was the home for the Children of the Forest. Also, when winter comes, this waterfall can completely freeze over.¬†


  • √ĺ√≥rufoss is well marked and easily accessible with Google Maps.
  • A small sign on HWY 48 will lead you to √ĺ√≥rufoss. The canyon is visible from the road.
  • The drive is around 40 minutes from Reykjav√≠k.

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