Iguazu Falls, South America
Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world. It is situated on the Iguazu River in South America, on the border between Brazil and Argentina. It's not a single falls but rather a complex cataract system comprising 275 drops, with a total height of 82 meters (269 ft.). In this video, you will be treated to an aerial tour of this magnificent waterfall system, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, compliments of AirVuz contributor Justin Poore and his DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Victoria Falls, Southern Africa
Top contributor Fabio Knoll created this masterpiece of a drone video of the mighty Victoria Falls in southern Africa. These Falls lie on the Zambezi River, Africa's fourth longest, more or less at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has a total drop of 108 meters (355 ft.) and is an incredible 1.7k meters (5.6k ft.) wide, making it the largest waterfall in the world in terms of the area of its water curtain. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the top tourist attractions in southern Africa.
Niagara Falls, USA/Canada
When you think of the world's most famous waterfalls, Niagara Falls is near the top of the list. Situated on the border between Canada and the USA, it's a cataract system of three falls on the Niagara River, which connects two of North America's Great Lakes: Huron and Erie. At peak times, about 168k cubic meters (almost six million cu. ft.) of water flows over its 51 meter (167 ft.) drop every minute. In this video, you wil get a bird's eye view of the mighty waterfall, compliments of contributor Nonexistent Jay.
Rhine Falls, Switzerland
Probeat1 created this amazing drone video of the largest waterfall in Europe. Switzerland's Rhine Falls is on the High Rhine River, the most upstream of the four portions into which the great Rhine is divided, between Lake Constance and Basel. The falls have a total drop of 23 meters (75 ft.) and have recorded water flow as high as almost 75k cubic meters (over 2.6 million cu. ft.) per minute, although typical flow is a fraction of that figure. It's considered one of the world's great falls.
Contributor and Vlogger Sandrine Hecq brings us this amazing video of Iceland's mighty Dettifoss, which is situated on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river in the northeastern part of the Island. The extremely wide (100 meters, or 330 ft.) falls drops 44 meters (144 ft.) into a canyon. Based on the flow of water and the height from which it's dropped, Dettifoss is believed to be the most powerful waterfall system in Europe. Unlike some of Iceland's other waterfalls, it is quite remote and only accessible via a gravel road.
Top contributor PilotViking used a DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone to create this epic aerial video of Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's (and the world's) most well known waterfalls. Due to its unique structure, it's one of the few falls which can be viewed from behind, in a partially enclosed cavern which lies under an overhang. Situated on the Seljalands River in the southern part of the country and easily accessible from Reykjavik, Seljalandsfoss has a single drop of 60 meters (197 ft.).
Behold this amazing drone video of Vøringsfossen, one of Norway's great waterfalls, compliments of contributot Sundsoy. It's located in the valley of Måbødalen near the town of Eidfjord, in Western Norway. It's a cascading, plunge-type waterfall with a total drop of 182 meters (just under 600 ft.). The famous Fossli Hotel sits at the top of the waterfall, considered one of the top tourist destinations in Norway. The waterfall was known only to locals until being "discovered" early in the 19th century.
Iceland's Skógafoss regularly appears atop lists of the world's most beautiful waterfalls. Situated on the Skógá River in the southern part of the country, it has a drop of 60 meters (200 ft.). and frequently appears with a rainbow behind it. The falls was used as a shooting location for the 2013 superhero movie Thor: The Dark World. See these mighty falls from an aerial point of view (unfortunately, sans rainbow), compliments of contributor AirVuzPilot and his DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Gullfoss is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, a country famous for its falls. It's a two drop cataract system on the Hvita river in the island's southeast corner, with a total height of 32 meters (105 ft.). It's part of the Golden Circle tour of southern Iceland, easily reachable from Reykjavik. At flood stage it's recorded water flow as high as 120k cubic meters (over 420k cu. ft.) per minute. AirVuzpilot used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to aerially film the mighty falls in the summer of 2017.
In the last couple of years, the great waterfalls of the world have caught the attention of first person view (FPV) drone pilots. As piloting skills and long-range control technology have improved, FPV waterfall diving is now officially a "thing". Exhibit A is this amazing video of Europe's tallest waterfall. FPV pilot Suicide Squad donned his video goggles to tackle the mighty Vinnufossen falls in western Norway, the sixth tallest waterfall in the world. Its four drops total 860 meters (about 2.8k ft.) in height!
Prepare to be blown away by this drone video of Europe's highest waterfall, compliments of Tsmedegard. Vettisfossen is located in the mountains of western Norway, in Sogn og Fjordane County. It's a single-drop, plunge-type waterfall, with a top-to-bottom height of 275 meters (just over 900 ft.). On that basis, it's the tallest waterfall on the European continent. Vettisfossen can be reached by a few km/mi. hike through the Utladalen Valley from the town of Øvre Årdal.
Plitvice Falls, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes is a connected series of lakes and waterfalls in Croatia in Southeastern Europe. It's formed by a series of rivers draining the mountainous area of neighboring Bosnia, which come together to form 16 lakes. The waters eventually unite to form the Korana River, creating one of the most spectacular bits of scenery in Europe. In this video, contributor Travel Lifestyle gives us an epic bird's eye view of this natural wonder, considered one of the world's greatest waterfall systems.
Pericnik Waterfall, Slovenia
Pericnik is a waterfall in northern Slovenia, near the country's northern border with Austria. It is actually a system of two waterfalls, with the lower (larger) falls having a drop of 52 meters (171 ft.). Situated in Triglav national park, it's is one of the best known sights in this mountainous land which was once part of Yugoslavia. In this aerial video, contributor Kolman Aerial flies his drone over the great falls during the peak autumn season, creating a stunning aerial perspective!
Jog Falls, India
Behold this drone video of one of the world's most famous waterfalls, courtesy of contributor Anudeephegde18. Jog Falls is in the Karnataka state of India, in the southwestern part of the country. Also called Gerosoppa Falls, during certains types of the year it becomes a plunge-type waterfall, in which the water loses contact with the surface and simply "plunges" below. With a total height of 250 meters (829 feet), it's one of the country's top tourist destinations.
Basaseachic Falls, Mexico
Award winning contributor Postandfly created this epic drone video of one of the largest waterfalls in Mexico. Basaseachic Falls is situated in the north central part of the country, in the state of Chihuahua. It's a plunge waterfall formed by two separate rivers, the Arroyo del Durazno and the Arroyo de Basaseachic. With a total drop of 246 meters (807 ft.), it's the second largest waterfall in the country, after Cascada de Piedra Volada, which is also located in Chihuahua.
Chiapas Waterfall, Mexico
The southern Mexican state of Chiapas is becoming known around the world for its magnificent waterfalls, which abound in this land of canyons and rainforests. In this video by contributor AurelBaud, you'll get an aerial view of three of the most well known of these falls: El chiflon, Las Nubes, and Agua Azul. Agua Azul is the best known of the three; it's actually a series of many cataracts on the Xanil River. A concentration of calcium carbonate causes the falls' water to appear as a fantastic shade of blue-green.
Tamul Waterfall, Mexico
Prepare to be amazed by this drone video of the Tamul waterfall in central Mexico, compliments of contributor Jelipegomez. It's situated near Ciudad Valles in the state of San Luis Potosí, roughly midway between Mexico City and Monterrey. It's an extremely wide plunge-type waterfall formed by the convergence of the Gallinas and Santa Maria Rivers into the Tampaon River. The falls has a drop of just over 100 meters (340 ft.) and is known for its brilliant torquoise waters.
Tequendama Falls, Colombia
Tequendama Falls is a waterfall on the Bogota River near Bogota, Colombia. Standing roughly 130 meters (about 430 feet) tall, the falls is one of the largest in South America or indeed anywhere in the world. Unusually, the falls runs completely dry in certain months of the year. Drone contributor La.drones, a Bogota native, flew his drone above these magnificent falls to create an aerial perspective, of the falls, which unfortunately have been chosen by many suicide victims.
Helmcken Falls, Canada
British Columbia in Canada is known in part for its waterfalls, and Helmcken Falls is a standout with some very tough competition. It's located in the Wells Gray Provincial Park, which is in east-central BC and lies due west from Jasper National Park in Alberta. Helmcken Falls is on the Murtle River and features a drop of just over 140 meters (about 460 ft.). In this epic drone video by Myworldphoto, you'll get a perfect bird's eye view of one of the best known falls in Western Canada.
Multnomah Falls, USA
Contributor EdDrone created this beautiful drone video of one of the most well known waterfalls in the USA's Pacific Northwest. Multnomah Falls is on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. It's the highest waterfall in Oregon, with a total height of alomost 189 meters (620 ft.) in two drops. It is fed by water runoff from Larch Mountain, an extinct volcano near Portland. The falls and the footpaths around it are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Wentworth Falls, Australia
Contributor Luke Nathan brings us this epic drone video of Wentworth Falls in the heart of Australia's Blue Mountains. The waterfall is one of the main attractions in this mountain range in the state of New South Wales, much of which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage natural site. Wentworth Falls is a three tier waterfall with a total height of 187 meters (614 ft.). It's situated within a national park by the same name located just a short drive west of Sydney.
Ağaran Şelalesi Falls, Turkey
Rize Province lies in the northeastern province of Turkey, along the Black Sea. Contributor Secoko used a drone to aerially film the Ağaran Şelalesi waterfall, one of the most impressive bits of natural scenery in this part of Turkey. The falls lie a bit inland from the Black Sea, due east of the provincial capital Rize. As you'll see from the video, the cascading water forms beautiful spray patterns against the rocks. The waterfall is part of a national preserve.
Aruu Falls, Uganda
Contributor Scientik built his own drone to create this video of Aruu Falls in Uganda, in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa. The falls are situated in the northern part of the country, not far from the border with Sudan. Uganda is far less well known than some of its neighbors, namely Kenya, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As you'll see from the video, it has beauty which is fully the equal of other countries in the region.
Ban Gioc Falls, Vietnam
When it comes to surveys of the world's most impressive waterfalls, there is one name in Southeast Asia which consistently shows up - Ban Gioc Falls. It's actually a system of two waterfalls on the Chinese-Vietnamese border, one of which lies in each country. Called Detian on the Chinese side, its drop is a modest 30 meters (98 ft.) but it's massively wide - 300 meters, or almost 1k ft. In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of these amazing falls, compliments of contributor We Ride Vietnam.
Akaka Falls, USA
Of Hawaii's many waterfalls, there are just a couple which figures amongst the top 15-20 falls in the world. One of them is Akaka Falls. Situated in a state park of the same name on Hawaii's "Big Island", about midway down its northeastern coastline. It's a plunge-type waterfall which drops the water of Kolekole stream 135 meters (just over 440 ft.) into a deep gorge. You can check out these magnificent falls in this beautiful drone video by Hawaii Aerial Visions.
Cascata delle Marmore, Italy
Het bloklandcoptersteam used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to create this aerial video of La Cascata delle Marmore, a famous waterfall in Central Italy. It enjoys the distinction of being the world's tallest man-made waterfall, with a total drop of 165 meters (about 540 ft.). It was constructed by the Romans near the town of Ternia, in the Umbria region. The waterfall dates to the third century BC; it was built as part of a scheme to avoid water accumulation in an area where it was thought to pose a health risk.
Tumpak Sewu, Indonesia
Also known as Coban Sewu, the tiered waterfall of Tumpak Sewu is located between the Pronojiwo District, Lumajana Regency and the Ampelgading District, Malang Regency in East Java, Indonesia. The highly-visited tourist location loosely translates to “a thousand waterfalls” and is fed by glacial runoff that forms the Glidik River. Sjoerdbracke does a lovely job capturing its beauty in this Tumpak Sewu drone video; watch it and you'll understand where its name comes from.