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Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall in Iceland. Seljalandsfoss is located in the South Region in Iceland right by Route 1 and the road that leads to Þórsmörk Road 249.

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-The best time to visit this waterfall is during good weather for optimal photo opportunities.
-There is a paid parking lot near the waterfall, but there is also a free parking lot a short walk away.
-This is a must-see waterfall if you are visiting Iceland.
-There are many other waterfalls in the area if you keep walking.
-Bring a waterproof camera or phone case if you want to take pictures behind the waterfall.

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How to visit Seljalandsfoss ?

To get to Seljalandsfoss, you can either rent a car or join a guided tour from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The waterfall is located about 120 kilometers (74 miles) southeast of Reykjavik, along the Ring Road. The drive takes approximately 1.5-2 hours, depending on traffic and weather conditions. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Reykjavik to the nearby town of Hvolsvöllur, and then catch a local bus to Seljalandsfoss during the summer months.

It is not necessary to book anything in advance to visit Seljalandsfoss, as it is open to the public and does not require an entrance fee. However, if you prefer a guided tour that includes transportation and additional sights along the South Coast, booking in advance is recommended.

The costs associated with visiting Seljalandsfoss are mainly transportation, food, and accommodation. Renting a car or booking a guided tour is the main expense, with prices varying depending on the chosen company and season. Food and accommodation costs in Iceland can be quite high, but budget options are available.

The best things to do at Seljalandsfoss include walking behind the waterfall, which is accessible via a small path, and taking in the breathtaking views. Don't forget to bring a waterproof camera and rain gear, as you will likely get wet from the waterfall's spray. Additionally, the nearby Gljúfrabúi waterfall is worth exploring, hidden within a narrow gorge, and accessible through a small river.

For dining options near Seljalandsfoss, consider visiting the Gamla Fjósið restaurant, which offers traditional Icelandic dishes made with local ingredients, or the Skógar Bistro, located at the Skógar Museum, offering a cozy atmosphere and a variety of soups, sandwiches, and homemade cakes.

Accommodation options near Seljalandsfoss include Hamragarðar Camping Ground, located just a short walk from the waterfall, offering budget-friendly camping and sleeping bag accommodation. For a more comfortable stay, consider booking a room at the Hellisholar Guesthouse or Hotel Selja, both located within a 30-minute drive of Seljalandsfoss.

Off the beaten path:

For an unusual travel experience, consider visiting the hidden gem of Nauthúsagil Ravine, located about 30 minutes from Seljalandsfoss. This narrow, moss-covered canyon features a small waterfall at the end, which can only be reached by wading through the shallow stream and climbing a small ladder. This lesser-known attraction offers a more secluded and adventurous experience, allowing you to connect with Iceland's raw and untouched beauty.

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Learn More about Seljalandsfoss

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall is one of the most famous and photographed waterfalls in Iceland.
A shower 60 m high, behind which you can walk! In addition, there is a nearby hidden waterfall: Gljufrabui.

Foss in Icelandic means cascade. You’ll see it at the end of many names.
And "Seljaland" has something to do with the word for "seller" or "land sale", so the combination of the two can be interpreted in many different ways.

From the front, Seljalandsfoss doesn’t look any more special than another waterfall. But it’s famous because you can walk behind it.
And it is then a pleasure for all the senses: you can admire the plains through the falls, feel the mist on your skin and listen to the roar of the rushing water.

The water falls 60 metres (about 200 feet) above an old sea cliff and flows into a basin. It’s part of the Katla Geopark.

The water that flows into the Seljalandsa River comes from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano (you know, the one that erupted in 2010 with a crazy name). This is the glacier’s meltwater. 
The river rushes towards the sea and falls in cascade on the old cliff (the ocean used to arrive at its foot).
Erosion cut through the rock and a cave formed behind the waterfall.

But don’t stop there! There’s actually more to see in Seljalandsfoss.
From the Seljaland waterfall, a small path follows the cliff to another unique waterfall hidden in a canyon: Gljufrafoss (aka Gljúfrabúi).

Although it is a short distance from Seljalandsfoss, Gljufrabui seems to be neglected. Certainly, it is not as spectacular. However, I found this waterfall very original and mysterious. I recommend you go and see it.
And if you have waterproof shoes, you can walk in the river and enter the canyon to see the waterfall better.

Do not hesitate and discover picturesque waterfalls.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Seljalandsfoss

When is the best time to go to Seljalandsfoss?

Seljalandsfoss can be visited all year round. However, the path behind is closed in winter because it is slippery and very dangerous.
You can also get there early or late because lights have been installed on both sides of the waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss camping is very close to the Hamragardar waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss Horizons offers beautiful cabins not far from the waterfall.
The Bed and Breakfast Hostel - Nicehostel Seljaland is very well located near the waterfall.

Otherwise, the city of Vik is only 45 minutes away.

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