A backpacking trip through Europe can be so much more than visting the famous monuments, eating the local dishes or pub crawling. And while we are not saying that you should not experience all these things, sometimes it is nice to just get away from the usual circuit to explore the nature. If you are an adventure enthusiast and nature lover, then Europe has got you covered. It has scenic landscapes, majestic mountains, and enthralling waterfalls. Although the best waterfalls in Europe cannot be compiled in one list, this is because there are so many different spots and scenes. Still we have tried to jot down some of the most beautiful waterfalls from the continent. Have a look:
Let’s start with Norway, a country famous for its waterfalls. The Vettisfossen waterfalls is Norway’s highest plunge waterfalls (with a free fall of 275 metres). Voted Norway’s most beautiful waterfall in a 2016 poll, Vettisfossen is tucked inside a mountain, in the stunningly gorgeous Jotunheimen National Park. This national park has Norway’s two highest mountain peaks, dozens of waterfalls, rivers, glaciers and has got the most scenic hiking routes, tempting trekkers for years and years.
A three-hour hike will take you closer to its peak, from which you can gaze at the thunderous water and the valley way down below. The trek starts from Hjelle and almost throughout your way, a beautiful blue river will run parallel to you. You will cross adorable little farms, rickety rope bridges, and lush valleys. You will people walking and bicycling on the trekking trail, but the most incredible thing is to see people in their seventies and eighties hiking. The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous but it’s the trek here which will make you fall in love.
While waterfalls are a dime a dozen in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss is special and offers a unique experience. Why? Because you can actually walk behind the waterfall. It’s an incredible experience to stand there and watch thousands of gallons of waters rush past you. You can feel the force of nature as the water follows the laws of gravity to the ground.
This waterfall originates from the glacier of glacier Eyjafjallajökull. And as the stream falls off of a rocky cliff it makes for a visually distinct sight. Here you get to observe not just the waterfall alone but its surroundings too which make the whole view come together like a perfectly scenery.
If you love extreme and looking for especially beautiful views, you will absolutely love the Stuibenfall waterfall in Tyrol. It is a towering waterfall and is a complete delight for all the adventure lovers.The suspension bridges and spiraling towers make the hike to this amazing waterfall thrilling and exciting. Tyrol’s tallest and biggest waterfall is 2.4km, so you could explore it in a round-trip day hike. The hiking trail begins and finishes at the parking lot in the town Umhausen.
There are various natural bridges on the top of the hike, as well. The falls look amazing from that angle and are a photgrapher’s delight.
Rhine Falls, Switzerland
Switzerland is a place that reminds one of the beautiful Alps and romantic sunsets. Although the area has so much more than just the Alps. Rhine Falls is a beauty that one should visit when in Switzerland. It spreads across the river for 500 feet.
Overlooking Worth Castle and Schloss Laufen palace, Rhine waterfalls are one of the widest waterfalls in Europe. The falls are a sight to behold. Especially if you are visiting in the evening, when the rock in the middle of the falls is illuminated in vivid colours. You can get up and close to the falls with the help of boat tours that are a thrilling experience on their own.
Bigar Waterfall, Romania
Transylvania is not only about the Dracula and his scary castle. In fact you will find a fairytale waterfall here. Bigar waterfall often wins accolades for being the most impressive waterfall in the world—reason being, it’s one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world! The water fans out around a conical protrusion of rock covered in bright green moss, splitting off into hundreds of smaller streams that flow down into the river below. The effect of this is that the water creates a sort of shimmering veil around the rock. When you’re done gaping at the waterfall, you can also hike up and see the cave that the water flows from.
While we have seen most waterfalls creating small ponds at the base, have you ever seen waterfall which drops directly into the ocean? Mulafossur waterfall in Faroe Islands is where you can get this spectacular view.
Faroe Islands is a group of 18 volcanic islands which are part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The islands are located between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic. Not many people have heard the name Faroe, but due to social media these islands have gained massive popularity recently. And Mulafossur waterfall is one of the most instagrammed places in the Faroes. This beautiful waterfall is located in the village of Gasadalur, which was pretty isolated from the world till 2006. Then a tunnel was constructed which boosted the tourism in this part of the island. The waterfall flows into the North Atlantic with a backdrop of Árnafjall, the highest mountain on Vágar.
The village of Gásadalur is a beauty in itself with small, grass-covered homes and a distinctly remote feel. Before the construction of the tunnel, it was accessible only via hike or helicopter.
How can we not add a frozen waterfall to the list! Korouoma is a beautifully rugged destination in Southern Lapland. This long crack of bedrock, which is hundreds of millions of years old, hosts some spectacular waterfalls which freeze over the winter months offering a magical experience to those who visit. They are located next to Posio, but you can take a day trip from Rovaniemi too, it is 2 hours away from the city. There are 3 easily accessible falls within a 5 km circuit from the parking lot. The best part is that you can try ice climbing too.
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