Seljalandsfoss waterfall in South Iceland – everything you need to know


The extremely beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall tumbles into a flat area of meadowland and lies on the River Seljalandsá which emanates from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. It is located in southern Iceland, a 1¾ drive from Reykjavik  and can be seen from the Route 1 ring road. From Route 1, just follow Road 249 (which leads to Þórsmörk) for a short distance and you will find a car park nearby.

Seljalandsfoss is less powerful than other waterfalls such as Gullfoss and Dettifoss and relatively narrow, yet falls a substantial distance of 60 metres, cascading over a cliff that was once part of Iceland’s southern coastline.

A wide cavern undercuts the cliff and what is unique about the waterfall is that you can walk beneath it, with Summer visitors able to follow a path that encircles this magificent cascade. Waterproofs are recommended as there’s quite a lot of mist and spray. The path is also quite wet and can be slippery in places so care needs to be taken along the route. It is closed in the winter months due to falling ice and was also closed for a period in 2017 when rocks falling down from above presented a significant risk.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is one of the most famous falls in all of Iceland and featured in Justin Bieber’s I’ll Show You music video, along with a number of other landmarks such as the plane wreck and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, as well as in episode one of the third season of Star Trek: Discovery and in the sixth season of US reality TV series, The Amazing Race.


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