Watch Kayakers Drop Frigid Waterfalls in Iceland

See Ben Brown and Anton Immler in action as they take on a tour of Icelandic waterfalls.
The GoPro sees all
Ben gets ready to huck it © Ben Brown
By Josh Sampiero

The abundance of waterfalls in Iceland is no secret, especially to kayakers. It has more waterfalls than most places — numbering somewhere in the thousands — with some of them yet to be discovered. And most of them aren’t tucked away into deep canyons and gorges, as in places like New Zealand or North America. They’re right out in the open where anyone can run them, and everyone can watch.

That’s why Ben Brown and Anton Immler decided it was the perfect spot for a road trip. Watch them bomb a series of falls in the video from their trip below.

Despite the ridiculous number of waterfalls in Iceland, the duo hit only about a dozen, but Brown says they ran them up to 20 times apiece. “It’s the best bang-for-your-buck waterfall spot in the world,” he says. “You roll up to one waterfall, run it as much as you want, then hop in the truck and head to the next.”

Spot your landing

You gotta keep the nose pointed down
Anton drops into a big cold one © Ben Brown

And what about the chilly temperatures? After all, it is Iceland. “You get used to it,” says Brown. “Water can only get so cold before it starts to freeze!” Sounds cold enough to us, but it didn’t keep Brown and Immler off of waterfalls like Aldeyjarfoss, Thjofafoss and Godafoss, exploring incredible places like Jökulsárlón Lake at the foot of the Vatnajökull Glacier.

Kayaking an ice cave

That's a cold place to kayak
Kayaking in a cave – that's cool! © Ben Brown

The most epic? Definitely Aldeyjarfoss, known among boaters for once being the highest waterfall run in the world, with a 65-foot drop. And the most dangerous? Well, Thjofafoss is known as the "Drowning Drop" thanks to a massive beating suffered by boater Shaun Baker years ago.

But above all, the crowning jewel of Iceland’s waterfall landscape is the incredible Godafoss, which draws a crowd any time of day. “You drop there and people are gonna be watching,” says Brown. It’s probably a better show than how the "Waterfall of the Gods" got its name — apparently this is where early Christians tossed pagan icons into the water. We have to say: The kayakers are much more exciting.

Big waterfalls make any paddler feel small
A drop among many drops © Ben Brown

Of course, Ben Brown is not done with Iceland yet. He says there are still more watefalls to be found, many that have never been run in a kayak. Will he be back? Definitely.

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