Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland


Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall in Iceland, along the southern coast, it is one of the island nation’s most beautiful and dramatic waterfalls. It can be seen from the Ring Road (Route 1) between the town of Selfoss and Skogafoss near to Hvolsvollur, east of Reykjavik. To reach the waterfall you need to drive along Route 1 until you reach Road 249 and then turn inland. The best way of visiting Seljalandsfoss is with a guided tour or independently in your own rented car.

The waterfall is famed for its height of 60 meters and its breathtaking beauty. The waterfall is fed by the River Seljalandsfoss and drops over the cliffs or escarpment which once formed the coastline but which is now several kilometers inland. Behind the waterfall an alcove has been formed in the rock by the passing of time, erosion of the constant moisture and the constant beating of the falling water. The alcove allows the water to fall freely into the pool below rather than sliding down the rock like most waterfalls do. This alcove is also what has facilitated the construction of a well maintained path for visitors to follow behind the waterfall.


Once the water hits the pool which has formed on the ground below, it gently flows towards the sea. There is a quaint bridge which crosses the water as it makes its way to the sea. Visitors coming to the falls in the summer or spring time can see wild flowers growing over the grass and moss covered rocks and in the winter the site is just as beautiful and even more dramatic. In the winter some of the water freezes forming icicles, clinging to the rocks and covering the cliff surface with a thin coating of ice. Clouds of mist constantly rise up around the water as it crashes down to the ground and the pool below cracks up with frozen slabs of ice floating on the surface. Seljalandsfoss can also be visited on guided tours at night when you might even get a glimpse of the Northern Lights as well.


Seljalandsfoss Iceland

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A visit to Seljalandsfoss can take between 20 minutes and an hour and there are nearby sites not worth missing like the Gljufrabui waterfall, Skogar Folk Museum, Solheimajokull Glacier, Cape Dyrholahey, the black sand beach and the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier. It does not cost anything to visit Seljalandsfoss and there is parking, a picnic area and even a campsite at nearby Hamragaroar. The site is an easy day trip from Reykjavik.

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