Exploring Seljalandsfoss

Added by Tiffany Nguyen

Easy walk from the parking lot to one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls. Numerous vantage points allowing you to get nearly 360 degree views of Seljalandsfoss. Microspikes are essential during the winter to have good traction exploring behind the falls. Short walk to 2 other nearby waterfalls. Floodlights illuminate the falls at night for a unique viewing experience.

Located just off the Ring Road, Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls and it's easy to see why. Reaching nearly 60 meters, this waterfall’s claim to fame is that it can be viewed from nearly every angle. The well-developed loop trail allows you to go behind the falls for an epic view. Depending on the time of year, the falls will be surrounded by snow and icicles or you may find the cliffs lined with lush green grass and wildflowers.

Exploring around the entire waterfall was such a unique experience. You get a great sense of the power of the falls and the scale of the 60 meter drop. As you walk around to the backside of the waterfall, you’ll definitely get an icy shower so be sure to bring a waterproof jacket and protection for your camera gear. The path leading to the rear of the waterfall was extremely icy so exercise extreme caution when making your way back there. Microspikes were very helpful for keeping traction in some of the more treacherous areas. Standing behind that enormous curtain of water and peering out at the world was an experience I'd recommend to anyone. Don’t forget to check out the other 2 waterfalls just to the left of Seljalandsfoss; you won’t be disappointed.

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10 months ago

Short walk, paid parking lot

I’d say above average in terms of beauty. Really great short walk with a trail behind the waterfall. Also above average in terms of crowd. The parking lot cost money, but a vehicle on their way out gave us their parking pass so I’m not sure how much it cost.


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over 2 years ago

My favorite stop in Iceland

Seljalandsfoss was my favorite stop in Iceland, which is saying quite a lot! We did the ring road over a 5-day period and this was one of the most stunning sights we had. You can walk behind the main waterfall, but just a bit down the road from that is a waterfall behind some cliffs that is even more incredible to see. Additionally, this was the perfect spot to camp and gave us an incredible backdrop with the waterfalls behind our tent.

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over 3 years ago

One of Iceland's Greatest Waterfalls

Seljalandsfoss is easily one of Iceland's prettiest, if not the most beautiful waterfall on the island. There are numerous photo ops and is extremely easy to get to. The only downside would be the amount of tourists, especially as Iceland continues to receive more arrivals. Other than that, it is a must-visit when coming to Iceland.


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almost 4 years ago

Top waterfall but crowded

Seljalandsfoss is just one of those places that is so freaking incredible, but since it is also so accessible, it sort of loses some of its appeal. I have seen few waterfalls that are as impressive and graceful as this one, but bus-loads of tourists will unfortunately subtract from the landscape most of the day. The fact that you can go behind the waterfall is really cool, but be prepared to get wet. One of my favorite things about this area was actually just a couple hundred yards down the ridge from Seljalandsfoss, where you will find another waterfall Gljufurarfoss. I would say only about 5% of the people that visit Seljalandsfoss take the short walk down to this concealed waterfall. Hidden behind a narrow slot canyon, Gljufurarfoss is incredibly intimate and beautiful. The mist from the waterfall landing in shallow water shoots through the small canyon with incredible force. Although this waterfall is very difficult to photograph because of how wet your lens will get, it is still fantastic to see and experience. Another way to escape the crowds and get an epic view above the waterfall is to scale the steep hillside on the right side of Seljalandsfoss all the way up to the top of the ridge. This climb gets sketchy near the top where it is very steep and the rock is loose and slippery, so if you dare to do this make sure you have proper hiking shoes. I am not sure if sneakers would cut it here. This is also an awesome place to watch the sunset!

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about 4 years ago

Can't Miss!!

Driving on HWY 1 you can't miss this waterfall it is a clear view from the road. We were lucky enough to get their early in the morning on a sunny day in mid-June and have the place to ourselves for 30 min or so. We definitely went all the way around Seljalandsfoss, bring a rain jacket and towel for your camera and get the full experience! It was well worth it!! We continued down the path along the left of the waterfall that leads over the stream and down a short distance you can barely view the top of a waterfall find the stream that runs away from it and slip between the rocks there, step carefully you can avoid getting your feet wet, but once you are inside to see Gljúfrafoss you will get soaked, but it is totally worth it! The rocks inside are covered in great green moss and the waterfall looks like it is almost dropping right on you. For at least a little while it will be less crowded that the main attraction.

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