Seljalandsfoss is a famous waterfall in Iceland. Special about this waterfall is that you can walk behind the falling water. This gives you an amazing view of the waterfall and the Icelandic landscape. The waterfall is 65 meters high and popular on social media. You can also see it on calendars and on countless photos of Iceland.

You can easily visit this waterfall. It is signposted from the main road and there is a car park. From there you can actually see the waterfall. And you can simply walk towards it. You can get behind the waterfall via an often slippery path. Make sure to wear good shoes; it can be slippery. And you can get dirty (and a little wet). But it is absolutely worth it.

From behind the waterfall you can clearly see how the water drops down. This is a perfect spot for photos. Although you actually have to have a wide-angle lens to capture all of the force of nature. Fortunately, more and more mobile phones also have this lens. So that you can take beautiful pictures of the water and the landscape behind it.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland.

The history of Seljalandsfoss

When you visit the Seljalandsfoss you can see clearly what the coastline of Iceland once was. Back in the day, the water flowed into the sea here. But volcanic activity has raised parts of the seafloor over time. Including the area over which the current road runs.

The Seljalandsfoss is located near another famous waterfall: Skógafoss. This is about 15 kilometers away and is easy to reach. This waterfall was once part of the island’s coastline. It is strange to realize that you are actually in the sea when you are standing in front of the waterfall.

This waterfall is illuminated at night

This waterfall is the only one illuminated in the evening and night. This is done with electricity from geothermal energy. So a visit to the waterfall is also possible in the evening. And of course in winter when the Northern Lights sometimes show themselves.

The location of Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is located in the south of Iceland. It is on the road to Thórsmörk, a ridge named after the Norse god Thor. This waterfall is located on the 1, the popular road through the south of the island. The distance from Reykjavik to Seljalandsfoss is 130 km, which takes more than an hour and a half.

Best time to visit Seljalandsfoss

It can get very busy at this waterfall. Especially during weekends and school holidays. Try to avoid these moments. Or go very early in the morning.

The sunset is very popular. You can then take a picture of the waterfall with the last sunlight behind it. Keep in mind that you will not be alone. But it is a spectacular shot.

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