Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Magnificent Waterfall
Wild waters
Cliff landscape
Cascading waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Seljalandsfoss at a Glance

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall is on the river Seljalandsá, which is situated between Selfoss and Skógafoss, about 30 km (18.6 miles) from Skógar. It is 40 m (130 ft) high and drops over the cliffs where it is said the former coastline of Iceland used to be. A unique feature of Seljalandsfoss is that it is the only known waterfall that it is possible to walk behind.

Visitors to Seljalandsfoss will find the waterfall is easy to access and can, therefore, be fitted in during a short stop-off for anyone who is working to a tight schedule. A footpath behind the waterfall, which runs along the bottom of the cliff where there is a small cascade, allows access to the rear. A great aspect of this is that visitors can take photographs of the waterfall from every possible angle. 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 - the surroundings are both beautiful and serene. Seljalandsfoss can be accessed from the farm of Seljaland close to the Ring Road, the country's main highway. There are several other waterfalls slightly further west of this one, one of which is Gljúfrabúi. This fall is interesting because it is partly concealed by its own canyon, and it can be accessed via Hamragarðar farm to the east of Markarfljót.

There is no doubt that Seljalandsfoss is a very unique and picturesque waterfall. Together with Gljúfrabúi, these are two must-see attractions at the foot of the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. And because there is no long trek to get close to them, they can be fitted in even on a tight itinerary.