Ever since I was little I have been amazed by waterfalls. My parents took me all over Austria where we found them in all sizes … short – long – small – big … I couldn’t help but wonder where all that water was coming from. So I sometimes just sat down on a rock, while my brother and sister were playing in the water, I was dreaming about waterfalls …
It’s hard to come up with “just” a list of waterfalls. You can measure by size, length, width, type, flow rate …
The ones we have seen are all entirely different from one another but all worth visiting. So here’s part 2 of Natural Wonders of the World: our favorite waterfalls.
10. Haeo Suwat Falls, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Not the prettiest falls and not nearly as spectacular as we expected, the Haeo Suwat Falls are still worth a visit. They are featured in the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio (a movie which I happen to love) and are surrounded with beautiful green forests and abundant wildlife. Make sure to go here when visiting Thailand!
9. Shannon Falls, British Columbia, Canada
We never heard of these falls before until we drove up to Whistler from Vancouver. The Sea to Sky Highway is stunning and we were pleasantly surprised when finding this waterfall on our way. As it was already quite late in the afternoon we didn’t stay too long, however if you are ever around, it’s well worth the stopping.
8. Earland Falls, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
You will have to walk a fair bit to get to see them, but the Earland Falls won’t disappoint you. The 178 m. high falls are well hidden in the Fiordland NP and can be seen when hiking the famous Routeburn Track. We came here early in the morning while it was still chilly and no one else was there. Just stunning!
7. Gulfoss, Iceland
It’s impossible to pick just one waterfall in Iceland so instead we have added two Icelandic falls to our list. The Gullfoss (or Golden Waterfall) is in the Golden Circle, a famous day tour for tourists from Reykjavik. Even though there will be herds of other tourists and no matter how many times you go there (Martijn has been there at least 5 times) they will always be pretty impressive.
6. Krimml Waterfalls, Höhe Tauern National Park, Austria
Anto remembers these falls well as she went there with her parents a couple of times during her childhood. Back in 2012 we went there together at the end of our vacation in Austria. They are the highest falls in Austria and among the highest in Europe. It’s a fair way up to reach the upper falls but the path is paved and relatively easy for those in good shape.
5. Skogafoss, Iceland
If you drive along Iceland’s south coast you can’t miss this incredibly stunning waterfall. It comes from the Skoga river and there’s a legend going on that a treasure is buried in a cave behind the falls. A trail will lead you up to the falls, a path that will eventually bring you to Fimmvörðuháls and Thórsmörk. Iceland´s best waterfall if you ask us!
4. Lower Yellowstone Falls
We already wrote about Yellowstone earlier on in the Park Post Series but nonetheless we keep on saying that the Lower Yellowstone Falls completely surprised us with its beauty. There´s a giant network of trails with views from all kinds of places. Definitely a sight within Yellowstone that one should not miss!
3. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Probably the most famous falls in the world! No matter how crowded it is, you can´t not love the Niagara Falls. Divided into an American and Canadian section, the most impressive part is definitely the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side (sorry Americans!). You can see them by foot, in the “Journey Behind the Falls”, from the “Maid of the Mist” boat or from a helicopter. Needless to say the latter option is the better one…
2. Khone Falls, Laos
Totally unexpected yet gorgeous. During our backpacking trip through South East Asia back in 2003 we came across these falls on the way from Cambodia to Laos. We had never heard of these falls and had zero expectations, making it a complete surprise when seeing them from a distance. We had to travel onwards within moments but we will never remember how stunning they were.
1. Iguazu, Argentina and Brazil
It will probably not come as a surprise to you that the falls at Iguazu come on top of our list. The hundreds of falls are well hidden in the jungle and a true wonderland. You can see them from both Brazilian and Argentinean side and you can keep walking around them for days. Make sure to get on a boat ride into the falls to get soaked, it will make your trip even more fantastic!
As we’ve come to the end of our list, you might wonder if there are waterfalls for us left to see? Sure there are. As waterfall fans, we definetely want to see the Vic Falls in Africa one day. Another one would be Yosemite Falls, which Anto is hopefully going to see this summer. Norway is supposed to have some gorgeous falls, too. Enough left to see in this world!
Which waterfall did we miss? And which is your fave?
If you like nature as much as we do, you might enjoy reading the following posts, too:
– Natural Wonders of the World – Geysers
– Iceland’s Hidden (Hot) Spot
– Colorful Yellowstone: a photo essay
Thank you for sharing!