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. However, the path that runs behind the curtain of water is the main attraction. There you can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint of the waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss is a beautiful waterfall along the southern coast. It cascades over steep cliffs, which makes it possible for you to walk behind the waterfall. It offers a spectacular view of the waterfall itself and the surroundings. Make sure you don’t forget your camera, but be advised, it might get wet.
Please note, use caution when you go behind Seljalandsfoss, as the path can be slippery. During the winter months, due to risk of falling ice, the path behind the waterfall is closed. So, please be cautious and make sure you stay safe, when visiting the waterfall in the winter time.
If you visit 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 if you 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.
Seljalandsfoss, along with Skogafoss, is often included in the Golden Circle route. The Golden Circle is the most popular tourist route in Iceland, including Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. These attractions are popular for a good reason, they offer a great chance to see beautiful landscape and spectacular natural phenomena. We recommend that you check out these attractions as well.
This is how you to get to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
If you drive east from Reykjavik, following Road 1, that will eventually lead you to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. It is about 2 hours’ drive from Reykjavik and you can see the waterfall from the road. You’ll find the access to the waterfall is from the farm of Seljaland along the Ring Road, Iceland’s main highway.
We also offer many great day tours and longer escorted tours, with local expert guides, which will take you to Seljalandsfoss.
Is there more to see at Seljalandsfoss?
A little further to the west you can find several other waterfalls. Among them is the interesting Gljufrabui, partially hidden within 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.
This is what you should wear when visiting Seljalandsfoss
If you intend to walk behind the waterfall, rain gear is advised, as the circumnavigation will undoubtedly get you wet. We also recommend some good and sturdy shoes. It can get muddy under the waterfall.
Check out our complete guide to the South Coast.