Seljalandsfoss is formed by the Seljalands River, which originates from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The water plunges over the the cliffs in a single drop of 60m into a shallow pool. The long line of cliffs is the former Icelandic coastline, before the ocean having receded by about five kilometres; these “sea-cliffs” run parallel to the ocean for hundreds of kilometres.
One of the most spectacular natural wonders in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss is considered the second-best known waterfall in the country (after Gullfoss) and is among the most photographed features. The waterfall has been used as a filming location for the first leg of The Amazing Race 6 and featured in the movie CKY2K along with music from Icelandic singer Björk (Wikipedia).
One of the attractions of the watefall is you can walk behind the curtain of water, on a path that takes you under the cliffs and past a wide cavern behind the falls.
Getting to Seljalandsfoss
The waterfall is on the southern portion of Iceland’s ring road (Route 1), and a stop for many tours – so try and visit early or late in the day to avoid the crowds. There is a basic service centre with toilets, a small shop and a coffee stand a short distance from the carpark. A walking path goes up to and fully encircles the falls.
More information on Seljalandsfoss
This was one of the many waterfalls (and countless other natural attractions) on our week-long Circuit around Iceland.
- Guide to Iceland – Seljalandsfoss
- Word of Waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss