Seljalandsfoss Waterfall: A Natural Beauty in South Iceland

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One of the most attractive tourist destinations in South Iceland, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall is among the most accessible and breathtaking falls in the world. Formed by the Seljalandsá River, this waterfall is loved for its breathtaking sceneries and mesmerizing views. Located on The Ring Road, Seljalandsfoss waterfall is on the South Coast and visible from miles behind. The most unique feature of the waterfall is that it can be fully encircled, and tourists can walk behind the torrents of the fall. With beautiful and serene surroundings, this spectacular natural phenomenon is the perfect spot for leisurely visits and picnics. The meadows around Seljalandsfoss are home to various wildflowers that bloom and thrive in the summer.

Seljalandsfoss walk behind waterfall in south Iceland

About Seljalandsfoss

A part of the Seljalands River which flows down from the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the water of the Seljalandsfoss consists of pure glacial water from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The Eyjafjöll mountains feed meltwater to the Seljalands River, which then slopes down and descends off the Seljalandsheiði heath in the form of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The majestic sight of the river running south of the high rugged wall of the cliff can be enjoyed along with picturesque views of the South Coast from the top of the cascade.

A part of the Seljalands River which flows down from the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the water of the Seljalandsfoss consists of pure glacial water from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The Eyjafjöll mountains feed meltwater to the Seljalands River, which then slopes down and descends off the Seljalandsheiði heath in the form of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The majestic sight of the river running south of the high rugged wall of the cliff can be enjoyed along with picturesque views of the South Coast from the top of the cascade.

Seljalandsfoss

Things to do near Seljalandsfoss

The waterfall can be visited all year round but the path leading behind the falls is closed during winters for safety concerns, as the risk of falling ice and rocks is very high. But winter brings its charm as the sight of icy waters, crystal icicles snow-covered lands is elevated with illuminating light beams that create a mystical and magical effect. Summertime makes for an excellent day-out as one can enjoy the beauty of the blooming wildflowers and relax in the calm area of the meadowland.

While a relaxing picnic might be the perfect day out for some, the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls have something for adventure-seekers as well. Hiking is extremely popular amongst visitors, as most hike around the falls to reach behind them and enjoy panoramic views of the South Coast. The waterfall has around half a dozen other streams adjacent to it. You can cross streams and hike to neighboring waterfalls like Gljufrabui by following the clearly-marked paths. While camping is forbidden on and around the cliff, camps can be set up in the Hamragarðar Campground, just 2 minutes away from the falls. It is well equipped with counters, tables, washing stations, bathrooms, and a snack center so that you can conveniently enjoy your trip in the lap of nature.

Seljalandsfoss walk behind waterfall in south Iceland

How to Get to Seljalandsfoss

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall is situated 75 miles east from Reykjavik and can be easily reached by following Route 1. Take a left from the farm of Seljaland along Iceland’s main highway and after a short distance, you can see the parking lot. It is recommended to carry rain gear such as waterproof coats and covers for your electronic equipment because circumnavigating will get you wet. Bring good sturdy shoes because it can get muddy after the waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss walk behind waterfall in south Iceland

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