Seljalandsfoss is one of the most popular and well-known waterfalls in Iceland. It was easily one of our favourites (in addition to Skogafoss and Svartifoss). Because of the geology and the steep cliffs, vistors are able to walk all the way around the waterfall (including behind) which is a pretty incredible experience.
Seljalandsfoss is 65 metres in height and is the first major waterfall you will come across when travelling across the south from Reyjkavik. It’s so tall and close to the Ring Road that you’ll be able to see it for miles before you arrive. We visited Seljalandsfoss when travelling from Þingvellir across the South of Iceland to Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. It was the perfect start to our roadtrip through the south of Iceland, which was one of the most rugged and epic places we have ever visited!
An interesting fact is that Seljalandsfoss is part of a river which starts underneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. This was the glacier that erupted in 2010 and causes havoc for flights all around the world!
The path leads all the way behind the waterfall. Make sure to wear good shoes as it can be slippery and bring a raincoast as you will get soaked from the drizzle and mist. On a sunny day you may even be lucky and be able to see a rainbow through the falls!
Iceland has waterfalls everywhere you look, however Seljalandsfoss is unique in that you can walk behind it. It really was quite special to be able to do that and we’d definitely recommend it!
Seljalandsfoss is also the only place in Iceland where we actually had to pay for parking. We had to pay 850 ISK ($10 AUD) for parking and like everything in Iceland you can pay with credit card.