Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
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Found just off the Ring Road, Seljalandsfoss is a majestic 200-feet waterfall. You can even walk behind it—the closest you can get to experiencing the full force of the waterfall. Surrounded by green hills and volcanic rock, Seljalandsfoss is a popular spot for photography, and during the summer months you can spot its mist from quite a distance away. Gljufrabui Waterfall is a short hike away, a hidden waterfall that you’ll have to wade through a shallow stream to reach. Wear good shoes and a waterproof jacket as the falls can be slippery and wet. For fewer crowds, visit early in the morning or just before sunset. – Tripadvisor
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  • RBonTheLake
    York, South Carolina644 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun to walk behind it
    This was fun because you could walk behind the waterfall. We got wet but that was part of the fun. Also saw a rainbow around it. A must to walk behind it! We went around twice because it was so enjoyable. It's not far to walk from the parking lot so it's very busy but well worth it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • HROxon
    Oxford, United Kingdom942 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk behind
    Beautiful waterfall that you can walk behind ( prepare to be sprayed). Parking fee paid in car park machine. Busy at 10am! Took us about 1/2 hour before walking to nearby canyon falls.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Tom J
    London, United Kingdom1,698 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    THAT waterfall in south Iceland!
    It is fair to say if you’ve seen any videos of Iceland you may well have seen Seljalandsfoss. Even if you don’t think you’ve seen it, there was a windows screensaver with a picture of the falls for a couple of years so chances are you may have seen it without realising. Having visited Seljalandsfoss in the winter when it was all frozen, we had to visit it again in the summer and we couldn’t be happier that we did! It must be said, Seljalandsfoss is incredible. The height and power of the falls is something to stand back and admire, but if that doesn’t get you - walk behind it and see it from a completely different angle! If you are planning to walk up close or behind you are going to get wet from the spray, that is guaranteed so prepare ahead! The car park costs 1000ISK around £5 for 24hr but they also have a cafe and toilets on site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Hgtravl
    Marlton, New Jersey2,898 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic
    Beautiful waterfall that you can get up close and personal- including wet! Wear a rain jacket and hike underneath/behind the falls. It’s so mighty and powerful. Stunning moss covered cliffs make the waterfall pop. Once going under the falls, keep walking along the trail and find the cave waterfall less than a mile away and get two waterfalls in one!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • EmeraldDiva
    3,674 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Behind the waterfall
    It is a pretty waterfall and being able to walk right behind it is pretty cool. Even though there were lots of people, not everyone walked behind, so it did not feel crowded. A track takes you to a "hidden" waterfall a short walk away.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 September 2023
  • JanaK123
    Penang Island, Malaysia82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Main AND Hidden Waterfall!
    Amazing! We brought rain jackets and pants and were glad we did. You can hike behind the main waterfall and also, down the path a bit, you can find a hidden waterfall that is well worth it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Pirateslifeforme00
    Columbus, Ohio121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make stopping a priority!
    Really beautiful fall directly off the ring road not too far from Reykjavík. Pretty accessible with a parking lot close by. There are bathroom facilities and a little snack bar with pastries and hot sandwiches. You’re able to walk behind the falls which was a real treat however those with mobility limitations will probably not be able to venture back there. Even better is Gljúfrabúi waterfall which is a short trek from the same area. You need to wade thru a shallow stream on some rocks but it was totally worth it. At both of these falls if you get close or go behind you will get pretty wet. We had on rain gear and waterproof pants and hiking boots and they helped immensely. We would have been cold and miserable wet otherwise so I highly recommend. This experience was fantastic and even with the large amount of tourists there from the busses, I am SO glad we did this.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • mrrickcody
    Dunedin, Florida20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Popular
    Great waterfall but popular. If you go at sunset there will likely be fewer people and the view of the setting Sun on the falls is amazing. Bring rain gear as you will want to walk close to and behind the falls. You will get wet.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Cosmo
    100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prepare for a cold shower
    Beautiful site with a very high waterfall. It is possible to walk behind the fall. Recommend you bring waterproof clothes or prepare for a cold shower. The place is very crowded. Paid parking. Recommended for a short stop/break.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Michael K
    London, United Kingdom544 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The fun of walking behind a waterfall
    The final stop on our South Coast Tour was the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the third we had seen. Another long drop, approx. 60m. Unsurprisingly, you get wet with the spray as you approach, but the special party trick of this one is that you can walk behind it via a lichen-covered grotto that could have come straight out of a Harry Potter film. This is well worth doing, for the unusual experience of seeing the world through a huge curtain of water. But beware potentially slippery uneven stones.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
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Andrew S
Southampton, UK340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Although not as large as Skogafoss, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall is higher and more elegant than its larger rival. It is easily accessed from the road with a good parking area, and good paths up to the base of the waterfall. There are a couple of viewing platforms on either side, which can get slippery in adverse conditions. In good weather there is also a pathway that goes behind the waterfall, but you will still need waterproof clothes. A very picturesque waterfall that offers excellent photographic opportunities.
Written 17 February 2020
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Ian_New2019
London, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Beautiful place!!! Short walk from car park (2mins) and absolutely beautiful! Words can’t really describe it. Be aware due to ice the walk behind waterfall is not permitted. During winter. It’s still a wonderful sight to behold! Will be returning in the summer most definitely!
Another thing to note...In winter boot “crampons” are absolutely essential all winter even in the city’s.
Written 24 February 2020
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HeardItBothWays
Easton, PA2,365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
My husband and I visited Seljalandsfoss on our recent trip to Iceland. It's a beautiful and stunning waterfall with several other beautiful falls nearby. You can walk underneath the falls to see the view from behind the falls, which was really special. Make sure to bring waterproof gear like a poncho to help you stay dry!

We arrived around 10:30am and the falls were already packed with several bus tours. The tours seem to follow the path behind the falls and back up on the other side and were full of people who didn't seem hiking-ready so their guides were slowly helping them up the slick path, blocking it for a time. It's probably best to go very early if you want a less crowded experience.
Written 11 September 2021
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Katy G
London, UK256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Firstly the waterfall looks stunning and then you can walk behind it, which is a unique experience. There are stairs to a certain point and the space behind the waterfall is comfortably wide to walk easily. However, there are rocks to clamber over between the stairs and the waterfall and wearing crampons is essential (I was there in January). The scrambling up frozen rocks was a bit out of my comfort zone but it was thrilling. Being behind the falls was well worth this. A waterproof coat and trousers are essential. Recommend walking up and looking at the series of waterfalls alongside it too. There are, handily, plenty of toilets at this site too.
Written 7 March 2020
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Owen Thesaints
Kent727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The car park was quite busy indicating the attraction’s popularity and ease of access. There was a flat charge of 700 ISK for a day’s parking. As recommended by Trip Advisor reviews we took the right hand trail, initially up a shale path and wooden steps, with some clambering over wet rocks as we reached the path which led behind the falls. As anticipated , our waterproof jackets, over trousers and boots were put to the sternest of tests. There was a lot of spray. After viewing the falls from behind, there was a precarious scramble over more wet rocks to reach the safety of the wooden steps. This was very tricky to negotiate, with steep, uneven rocky ledges - not an easy task for those with limited mobility or balance. It was certainly well-worth the effort for the experience. Further along the path, passing some smaller falls, we reached the entrance to Gljufrafoss waterfall. This was also something of a challenge as the waterfall could only be seen by following a trail through a narrow canyon, with several centimetres depth of water. It was possible to walk over raised rocks in the water, although these were quite small, and far from stable. It was necessary to wait for people to leave the canyon before entry was possible. The enclosed waterfall was spectacular - so glad to have escaped without having got very wet feet. Shortly after leaving the canyon, one brave soul entered just wearing swimming trunks and had great fun immersing himself in the splash pool at the bottom of the falls. The water must have been very cold.
Written 14 June 2022
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Bryndís
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We were driving to Landeyjahöfn and took a quick detour. It's only a 5 minute trip from the main road (Route 1) and it took around 15 minutes from the parking lot, around the waterfall and back. We've been there a few times but it never gets old, and the kids love it.
I recommend waterproof clothing (because of the mist from the waterfall) and good shoes. On the way out from the cave there is a little climb in the rocks. Our 4 year old needed support, so it's probably best to have an adult accompanying each kid under 5 :)
Written 5 August 2020
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC1,055 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
One of the many beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. You can indeed walk behind the waterfall and it's a neat experience.

Since it's right off the main highway there are many tourists. I visited once during the early afternoon and the place was packed. I visited again in the late evening and there were very few people.

There is a parking lot but you have to pay a fee. Given the time of day there will be a park official who will check to make sure you've paid. The waterfall is open 24/7, but even in the very late hours when there is no one to make sure you've paid, you're still expected to pay. Show some integrity and pay the parking fee...

Toilets available on site.
Written 15 November 2021
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Yvette F
Buckingham, UK382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Visited this waterfall on a very blustery winters day. You can see it from the road and can park right in front of it so no big hike to get there. The car park does charge, i think 700isk for the day, you pay on a qr code and this will take you to app or website. We did see people getting tickets for not paying, and the fees go towards keeping the facilities there open, so best just pay. The waterfall itself is stunning, though very close up was roped off for safety as it was very icy. You can follow a path to walk and see further waterfalls if you choose. There are free toilets there and a shop and coffee hut, we had a swiss mocha and americano and both were good.
Written 13 January 2022
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geotech522
5,308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is along Iceland’s southern coast, just off of Highway 1. It is fed by melting water from the famous glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull (E15) volcano. This powerful waterfall cascades into the pretty meadow below. What makes this waterfall more unique is that you can go behind the waterfall and experience it from behind as well as from the front. We were there in late November and the path to the area behind the waterfall was still open. However, because it was near freezing in temperature and the ground was wet, there was a lot of black ice so there can be a very severe slipping hazard, even with the best shoes. However, it you can get there safely, you can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint of the waterfall. There is a fee for parking, however, it is worth it. There are other waterfalls a short distance to the north (walking distance), but they are not as spectacular.
Written 15 January 2020
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atravelingvegan
Provo, UT235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Not many locations allow you to actually go behind the waterfall, but this is one of them! It's so cool to be able to take the path behind it and get a different perspective, and some cool photos, too. This is a fairly easy walk, but a little rocky, so do be mindful. There is a small parking fee, and free restrooms along with a small gift shop. Keep going on the trail to the left of the falls, and you'll come to a gorge that you can go inside, leading to Giljufrabui, a waterfall inside of a cave, which is also amazing! I probably spent around an hour here, taking in all of the beauty and falls!
Written 29 September 2021
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