Best European Waterfalls

Gljúfrafoss

Iceland

Once you’re inside, you’re sure to be impressed by the look of the falls, which seem to come out of nowhere. There’s also a viewing platform about halfway up the falls — just make sure you wear waterproof shoes, as the spray tends to get your feet a bit wet.

Bigar Waterfall

Romania

This 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.

Pliva Waterfall

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Head down the river from the main waterfall, in the direction of Pliva Lakes. There, you’ll find smaller waterfalls alongside watermill huts, many of which date back to the late 19th century, during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. These lie dormant today, but they were once key in grinding down locals’ wheat—and they add a little something special to the beautiful scenery, not that it needs anything extra!

Visit Waterfalls in the USA

Palouse Falls

Washington

Washington’s Palouse River flows southwest until it drops down into a canyon, creating the impressive spectacle known as Palouse Falls. The waterfall is located in the 105-acre Palouse Falls State Park, with campgrounds, trails, picnic tables, and wheelchair-accessible paths.

Grand Falls

Arizona

It’s often referred to as the Chocolate Falls because of its brownish colour. Grand Falls can only be reached by obtaining a hiking permit from the Navajo Nation.

Multnomah Falls

Oregon

We have the state of Oregon to thank for Multnomah Falls’ easy visitor access, which includes a footbridge that allows visitors to cross the waterfall above the lower cascade. At 611 feet, it’s the tallest waterfall in Oregon and is incredibly easy to get to.

Take A Waterfall Photo Like A Pro

Show Up At Sunrise And Sunset

The biggest problem with slapping a dark ND filter on your lens is still the sun. When it’s bright overhead, you have bright “hot spots” and dark shadows that don’t look great. The light is harsh and flat. The best thing to do is show up at sunrise and sunset.

Head Out When It’s Cloudy

One way you can buy yourself some more camera time is to hike on overcast rainy days. You get all the benefits of shooting when the sun is low, with the freedom to shoot all day. You get much better colours when it’s overcast - things like mossy rocks or autumn leaves really pop.

Shutter Speed

Every waterfall is different, and there's no single "correct" shutter speed to use, but if you want to capture movement in the water you'll need to use a slow shutter speed - generally somewhere from 0.3 seconds up to several seconds.

Tripod

With such a low shutter speed you won't be able to hand-hold your camera. A sturdy tripod is an essential accessory here.

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