Seljalandsfoss is a 60-meter-high waterfall on Iceland’s south coast that can be completely circumnavigated (200 feet).
Many of the vacation packages on offer, such as this 6-Day Summer Tour, include plenty of time at Seljalandsfoss; the same can be true for self-drive vacations, such as this 10-Day Road Trip. Those who take a South Coast trip or rent a car can get to the waterfall in just a few hours from the capital.
The waterfall is one of the country’s most recognized and visited falls due to its near proximity to the Ring Road and stunning natural characteristics. It is one of Iceland’s most photographed features, being both majestic and lovely.
Geology and the Environment
The Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is part of the Seljalandsá river, originates beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The volcano behind this ice cap erupted in 2010, causing mayhem at airports throughout Europe.
The falls’ cascade is somewhat narrow, but it cascades from a towering cliff that originally bordered the country’s coastline; the sea is now visible over a stretch of lowlands.
The trail that wraps around Seljalandsfoss is its most distinctive feature. The cliffs behind the falls include a large cavern, which guests can entirely encircle in the summer using rocks and walkways.
The permanent mist of the falls, which also tends to make the rocks of the pathway slippery, is a mesmerizing opportunity, but visitors should be prepared to be drenched.
Floodlights have been installed on both sides of the waterfall, illuminating the picture brilliantly at night when the midnight sun is not visible. Due to the increased popularity of the falls as a tourist destination, the lights were added in 2001.
Visitors frequently travel north after seeing Seljalandsfoss to see the waterfall Gljfrabi, which is partially concealed behind a rock face. Because of Seljalandsfoss’s immense popularity, Gljfrabi is commonly regarded as the scene’s hidden jewel, as it is frequently ignored.
In Popular Culture
Seljalandsfoss may be seen in Justin Bieber’s music video for his song “I’ll Show You,” along with a slew of other South Icelandic natural wonders. Please enjoy the film without imitating any actions that could put you or the environment in danger.
The waterfall was also a prominent waypoint on the opening leg of the sixth season of the American reality TV show The Amazing Race.
Seljalandsfoss is frequently visited in conjunction with Skógafoss. While it cannot be encircled, the waterfall falls from the same height and is much more forceful, as well as steeped in the mythology of a giant’s hidden treasure.