10 of the Most Stunning Waterfalls in the World

Who would of thought water falling down would be so pretty???

Seriously, there are amazing waterfalls on each continent across the globe! There is something intimidating about the sheer strength of the water falling down that only adds to their appeal.

Below (in no particular order) are some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world…

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Dynjandi Waterfall, Westfjords of Iceland

Dynjandi Waterfall, Westfjords of Iceland

Dynjandi is the most famous waterfall of the Westfjords, and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Iceland. It is actually a cascade of waterfalls (7 of them) that make up a 300 foot (100 meter) drop total. The top part of the waterfall is the one that is photographed the most and is said to be about 98 ft (30m) at the top and 196 ft (60 m) at the bottom.

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Whether you refer to it as the “the fall from the highest point” or the  “waterfall of the deepest place”, Angel Falls is a must-see. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall. Plunging 2,648 feet. It flows down the side of the Auyán-tepui mountain in the Canaima National Park and runs along the Rio Kerepakupai Meru which goes into the Churun River. The rock formation is absolutely spectacular.

Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Godafoss, pronounced “GO-thuh-foss” (Never would have guessed that one, but I found out I am terrible and pronouncing anything Icelandic) is a one of a kind Icelandic waterfall. It is located on the north side of the island not far from the Lake Myvatn and the ring road.  If you drive the ring road in Iceland (popular trip) this will be one of your must see stops.  This horseshoe shaped waterfall comes in at over 98 feet wide (30 meters) and 39 feet high (12 meters).

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Known as “The Smoke That Thunders”, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. Although it is not the highest or widest. This stunning natural wonder drops from 354 feet and has a width of a whopping 5,604 feet. Wow! It is about twice the width of Niagara Falls, if you can imagine. You can find this fall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River.

Kleivafossen Waterfall, Norway

Waterfall near Briksdal glacier - Norway

Kleivafossen or “The Seven Sisters” reaches 1,350 feet. Like its name states, there are 7 separate streams. This makes for the most interesting and beautiful formation. These flows are located in Norway, near the Gudvangen village in Vestland county. There is legend that claims the “sisters” are all unmarried and the waterfall on the other side of the fjord is referred to as their “suitor”, after many failed attempts in courting them.

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Gullfoss is deservedly Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Photos cannot capture just how beautiful this waterfall is in person, or the endless roar it makes. In person, it is also a lot bigger than the pictures make it seem.

The water is glacier runoff that ultimately flows into the ocean. The average amount of water running over this waterfall nearly doubles in the summer, so imagine twice the volume you see in these pictures. In English, this waterfall means Golden Falls.

Read our picks for the top 10 things to see and do in Iceland:  Top 10 Things To Do In Iceland

Daxin Waterfall, Nanning, China

Daxin Waterfall, Nanning, China

Reaching the Daxin by boat is an experience like no other. This flow is actually two parts of one waterfall on Guichun River. They hug the border between China and Vietnam. It ripples down the cliffs from 98 feet. While not particularly high, you can see how spectacular it is to visit.

Read also: The 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Asia

Niagra Falls, Canada/United States

Niagra Falls, Canada/ United States

There is no way to leave Niagra Falls off this list. This beautiful landmark  is actually a set of three falls. They run along the eastern border of the United States and Canada.

Bridal Veil and the American cascades are completely located in the states while the larger Horseshoe fall is in both countries. They are divided by two islands – Goat and Luna. All of them drain into Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. They have a height of 160 feet with at least 6 million cubic feet of water flowing. 

Haifoss Waterfall, Iceland

Haifoss Waterfall, Iceland

Háifoss plunges 400 feet (122 meters) over a cliff making it the second highest waterfall in Iceland (Glymur is tallest and also featured in this post). One feature that makes this waterfall unique besides its height is that it has a smaller waterfall named Granni immediately next to it.

Read Next: 15 Waterfalls You Can’t Miss in Iceland

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Very nice pics, but as Niagara is so well known, but not to you, it could be labeled better.
    The pic only shows the ‘horseshoe falls’ , aka the Canadian falls– the American falls are not in the picture

    • The introductory photo in this series with many natural arches and a sky window is really very very stunning! I desperately wish to visit this place. Could you let me know where it is?

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