Waterfalls are the essence of nature’s purest beauty and power. Crystal blue water spilling over a cliff’s edge or cascading over rocks is an awe-inspiring sight that never fails to impress. Whether it be the tallest and most grand of waterfalls or multi-step cascades tumbling gently into a series of pools, here are a few of Haute D’ Vie’s must-see waterfalls to add to any tourists’ bucket list.Sutherland Falls, New Zealand At 580 meters, Sutherland Falls is one of New Zealand’s tallest waterfalls – and therefore, a must-see. However, it is a true hidden gem, as it is not easily accessible, tucked away in the Milford Sound. This magnificent waterfall pours out of a mountain lake at one of the South Island’s most picturesque destinations.Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland; As one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss is located in the South Region, situated between Selfoss and Skógafoss. Unlike some other waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss runs from a fresh water river, not a glacier melt river. After tumbling through a series of smaller waterfalls upstream, it drops about 60 meters over the cliffs of the country’s former coastline. While it may not be the highest or mightiest, what makes the waterfall so remarkable is the fact that you can walk behind it! In addition to the main cascade at Seljalandsfoss, smaller streams tumble off the cliff at its western side. Seljalandsfoss stands in a lovely location, surrounded by cliffs and green slopes – making it a very popular spot to visit.Iguazu Falls, Iguazu River; Located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones, the falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The entire waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River, making it one of the widest falls in the world. Iguazu Falls formed following a volcanic eruption that left a large crack in the earth. While some of the individual falls are up to 82 meters in height, most are only about 64 meters.Yosemite Falls, California; Yosemite National Park is home to many waterfalls; however, at 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is the highest of them all – not to mention the highest measured waterfall in North America. Located in the Sierra Nevada of California, Yosemite Falls is a major attraction in the park, especially in late spring when the water flow is at its peak. However, during years of little snow, the falls may actually cease flowing altogether in late summer or fall.Kaieteur Falls, Guyana; Located in the Amazon forest, Kaieteur Falls is the world’s widest single drop waterfall. Stemming from the Potaro River in the Kaieteur National Park, in Essequibo, Guyana, it is about four times the size of Niagara Falls. Kaietur Falls is named after a Patamona Indian legend in which Chief Kai wanted to save his people by paddling over the falls in an act of self-sacrifice to Makonaima, the great spirit. The falls’ remarkable combination of height and force make it a fearsome sight for travelers.Gullfoss, Iceland; Another one of Iceland’s majestic waterfalls is Gullfoss – a famous fall that originates from the glacier lake Hvítávatn at Lángjökull glacier, about 40 kilometers north of Gullfoss. Gullfoss translates to “Golden Falls,” as the otherwise brownish water from carried sediment looks truly golden on a sunny day. Water from the glacier lake travels down a three-step staircase before tumbling over two steps into the 32-meter-deep crevice. Gullfoss is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.Ban Gioc–Detian Falls, Bordering China and Vietnam; While Ban Gioc-Detian only drops a measly 98 feet, size is not an accurate measure of this waterfall’s beauty. Straddling the border of China and Vietnam, the waterfall has eroded its limestone crest and slowly moved upstream over thousands of years. Ban Gioc-Detian represents two waterfalls on the Quây Sơn River, from which water trickles down the fall’s many ledges.
By Samantha Mathewson