Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls on the southern coast of Iceland, situated near Route 1 and Route 249 to Þórsmörk. It is located in the Seljalandsá River, which is fed by melting water from the famous glacier-tipped Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The water of Seljalandsfoss cascades down over a steep cliff, the angle of which makes it possible to walk behind the waterfall itself. This is the real star of the show for this attraction, as it offers a great view of the waterfall and the surrounding scenery from the inside. Seljalandsfoss, and the path behind it, remains wet and slippery during all times of the year, so extra caution should be taken when walking behind it.
The area surrounding the falls is always wet with mist, so if you’re getting close, be prepared to get wet. Bring rain gear if necessary and take extra precaution to protect devices and objects that may be damaged by moisture.
The waters of Seljalandsfoss plummet down 40 meters over the cliff face, creating a continuous mist that surrounds the area, so be prepared to get wet. Thanks to this constant supply of moisture, there is a lot of vivid greenery to enjoy on the cliffside and the area surrounding the waterfall. In the summer months, you may have the pleasure of seeing the blooming wildflowers that cover the area, adding to the beauty of this already unique and gorgeous waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss is often included in the famous Golden Circle tours. As a result, during the summer, this place is quite a popular tourist attraction. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, be prepared for the possibility of busses and small crowds of tourists. Don’t let this dissuade you, however, Seljalandsfoss is a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t want to miss.
Getting to Seljalandsfoss
To find Seljalandsfoss, start from Reykjavik and follow Road 1 east for two hours. This will lead to a left turn off to Road 249, where you’ll easily be able to spot the falls from the road. Turn down Road 249 and head down the path to the Seljalandsfoss parking area. You’ll need to pay for parking, so keep that in mind. After purchasing a parking ticket, it’s valid for the entire day, so there’s no need to rush through in fear of losing parking privileges.
After you park, there’s a short walk to the base of the waterfall. Here, you’ll find a trail that forks in opposite directions. The left trail will lead you up to a small viewing platform next to the waterfall, where you’ll get a nice view of the face of the falls. The right trail, however, will take you up a small hill and behind the waterfall, where you’ll get an inside view of the beauty of the falls. Both of these trails are a breeze and shouldn’t pose any hiking problems to visitors.
Many travelers recommend stopping by Gljúfrabúi waterfall on the visit to Seljalandsfoss. This waterfall is hidden behind a small cave entrance, located about 200 meters west. It’s a gorgeous nearby waterfall that’s easy to reach and shouldn’t be missed on your trip.