Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss waterfall along Iceland’s southern coast is fed by melting water from the famed glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This powerful waterfall cascades into a pretty meadow but is best known for the walking path that runs behind the curtain of water where visitors can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint from this angle. It’s the only known waterfall in the world that it is possible to walk behind.

However, caution should always be exercised when walking behind Seljalandsfoss, as the path can be slippery. Walking behind the waterfall is not permitted during the winter months, due to risk of falling ice.

Those visiting in the summer should witness the many different wildflowers that seem to bloom and thrive around the waterfall, possibly because of the mist it gives off. This is also an ideal place for those who want, or have time for, a more leisurely visit. It is the perfect spot for a picnic since the surroundings are both beautiful and serene.

How to get to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Driving east from Reykjavik, following Road 1, will eventually lead you to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. It is about 2 hours drive from Reykjavik and the waterfall is visible from the road. Access to the waterfall is from the farm of Seljaland along the Ring Road, Iceland's main highway.

Is there more to see at Seljalandsfoss?

A little further to the west there are several other falls, among them the interesting Gljufrabui which is partially masked by its own canyon. If you drive a little further east you will spot a sign saying Paradisarhellir, which will lead you to a small cave in the steep hill side. 

Further east you will find another waterfall, Skogafoss, which is also beautiful. We also recommend a stop in the Þorvaldseyri Visitor Center, where you can learn about the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökull.

What to wear when visiting Seljalandsfoss

If you intend to walk behind the waterfall, make sure you have rain gear, as the circumnavigation will undoubtedly get you wet. You also wouldn't want to get your fancy shoes all muddy, so good and stirdy shoes are also highly recommended.

 

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