Seljalandsfoss waterfall is one of the most touristy places in Iceland due to its beauty, easy accessibility and location near other interesting places. However, it is definitely worth a visit as Seljalandsfoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe.

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60 metres from the cliff

Seljalandsfoss is fed by the glacial river Seljalandsjá, which drops suddenly from a cliff more than 60 metres high and empties into the sea bay a few hundred metres away.

Because the water falls at the point of a rather massive overhang, you can photograph the waterfall from the back side.

From all angles...

The waterfall is interesting because you can literally walk around it and enjoy its beauty from all sides and angles.

Thanks to the strong overhang, the waterfall can also be walked around from the back side, where a winding path leads. Due to the threat of ice, this back trail is closed in winter, but the front trail remains open all year round.

As the waterfall faces west, you can take beautiful photos of the setting sun and the rainbow that the sun's rays often create from the back side.

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall

If you follow the hiking trail about 400 metres north, you will come across another waterfall, Gljúfrabúi, almost 60 metres high, falling down a cliff in a narrow gorge.


Seljalandsfoss can serve as the first overnight stop on a tour around Iceland. Within 2 km of the waterfall, you can stay in several guesthouses with prices 110 eur per night:

How to get here?

The waterfall is just a few dozen metres from Iceland's main road 1 and is 128 km from Reykjavik (route map: There is a free parking lot on the side of the road, from which a walking trail leads to the waterfall.

There is no entrance fee.

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Just a short distance from Seljalandsfoss, a turn-off road leads to the famous Þórsmörk site.

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