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Exploring Seljalandsfoss

Originally added by Tiffany Nguyen

Easy walk from the parking lot to one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls. Numerous vantage points allowing you to get nearly 360 degree views of Seljalandsfoss. Microspikes are essential during the winter to have good traction exploring behind the falls. Short walk to 2 other nearby waterfalls. Floodlights illuminate the falls at night for a unique viewing experience.

Located just off the Ring Road, Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls and it's easy to see why. Reaching nearly 60 meters, this waterfall’s claim to fame is that it can be viewed from nearly every angle. The well-developed loop trail allows you to go behind the falls for an epic view. Depending on the time of year, the falls will be surrounded by snow and icicles or you may find the cliffs lined with lush green grass and wildflowers.

Exploring around the entire waterfall was such a unique experience. You get a great sense of the power of the falls and the scale of the 60 meter drop. As you walk around to the backside of the waterfall, you’ll definitely get an icy shower so be sure to bring a waterproof jacket and protection for your camera gear. The path leading to the rear of the waterfall was extremely icy so exercise extreme caution when making your way back there. Microspikes were very helpful for keeping traction in some of the more treacherous areas. Standing behind that enormous curtain of water and peering out at the world was an experience I'd recommend to anyone. Don’t forget to check out the other 2 waterfalls just to the left of Seljalandsfoss; you won’t be disappointed.

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Short walk, paid parking lot

I’d say above average in terms of beauty. Really great short walk with a trail behind the waterfall. Also above average in terms of crowd. The parking lot cost money, but a vehicle on their way out gave us their parking pass so I’m not sure how much it cost.

My favorite stop in Iceland

Seljalandsfoss was my favorite stop in Iceland, which is saying quite a lot! We did the ring road over a 5-day period and this was one of the most stunning sights we had. You can walk behind the main waterfall, but just a bit down the road from that is a waterfall behind some cliffs that is even more incredible to see. Additionally, this was the perfect spot to camp and gave us an incredible backdrop with the waterfalls behind our tent.

One of Iceland's Greatest Waterfalls

Seljalandsfoss is easily one of Iceland's prettiest, if not the most beautiful waterfall on the island. There are numerous photo ops and is extremely easy to get to. The only downside would be the amount of tourists, especially as Iceland continues to receive more arrivals. Other than that, it is a must-visit when coming to Iceland.

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