Seljalandsfoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland and is formed by the water of the Seljalands river, with its origins in the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, dropping a whopping 65 meters. With the thin vapor veil it creates as the water drops it’s unbelievably beautiful and a definite must see on the Ring Road.

Seljalandsfoss - first stop on the Ring Road in Iceland
Seljalandsfoss from the parking lot.

What makes it even more amazing is that you can actually walk behind this waterfall so I would recommend bringing a rain poncho because the water vapor will drench you before you know it. It’s magical to be able to take the trail behind the water, you will see the greenest green you ever saw! Not to mention the rainbows, they are impossible to miss.

Seljalandsfoss - first stop on the Ring Road in Iceland
Prepare to see the greenest green you ever saw!
Seljalandsfoss - first stop on the Ring Road in Iceland
Seljalandsfoss

If you have a few minutes at your disposal, you should take the trail that takes you to two other smaller waterfalls next to the main one, you’ll definitely notice the soft soil. A few minutes further inland, there’s also the amazing Gljúfrabúi waterfall, with a unique canyon that you shouldn’t miss.

If you have a vehicle that can easily handle gravel roads, you can actually take the road that takes you atop the cliff from where the water drops. Careful though, in 2017 someone leaned over the edge too much and fell to their death, so pay attention.

Seljalandsfoss has often appeared in media, the first episode of season 6 of the Amazing Race in 2004 and Justin Bieber’s video “I’ll show you” from 2016 brought its beauty and uniqueness into the attention of the world.

How to get to Seljalandsfoss

From Reykjavik take Route 1 on the southern coast towards Vik for about two hours, you should be able to see the waterfall from the distance as it’s visible from the main road. Recently, the local administration introduced a parking fee.

 

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