Exploring Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

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.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Rainsleeve for your camera
  • Neutral density filters
  • Microspikes during the winter
  • Waterproof jacket
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Easy Parking


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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.

Top waterfall but crowded

Seljalandsfoss is just one of those places that is so freaking incredible, but since it is also so accessible, it sort of loses some of its appeal. I have seen few waterfalls that are as impressive and graceful as this one, but bus-loads of tourists will unfortunately subtract from the landscape most of the day. The fact that you can go behind the waterfall is really cool, but be prepared to get wet. One of my favorite things about this area was actually just a couple hundred yards down the ridge from Seljalandsfoss, where you will find another waterfall Gljufurarfoss. I would say only about 5% of the people that visit Seljalandsfoss take the short walk down to this concealed waterfall. Hidden behind a narrow slot canyon, Gljufurarfoss is incredibly intimate and beautiful. The mist from the waterfall landing in shallow water shoots through the small canyon with incredible force. Although this waterfall is very difficult to photograph because of how wet your lens will get, it is still fantastic to see and experience. Another way to escape the crowds and get an epic view above the waterfall is to scale the steep hillside on the right side of Seljalandsfoss all the way up to the top of the ridge. This climb gets sketchy near the top where it is very steep and the rock is loose and slippery, so if you dare to do this make sure you have proper hiking shoes. I am not sure if sneakers would cut it here. This is also an awesome place to watch the sunset!

Classic Iceland

It is usually very crowded, so I recommend going in the early AM or later around sunset (many groups start with this waterfall). I would recommend walking up to the first one and going into the small cave, seeing the waterfall from behind and under is amazing.

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