Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss in June 2012

There are a LOT of waterfalls in Iceland, so it’s pretty difficult to decide on a favorite…But Seljalandsfoss “falls” into being one of my favorites (top two or three). Seljalandsfoss is just one truly stunning waterfall!

Let me start by saying it is extremely easy to visit. It is right off of the Ring Road. There is a very short drive down road 249, which ended up being much easier than I originally expected. Parking is just a few hundred feet from the falls. The waterfall is right in front of you, and it is truly stunning, but it becomes even more amazing as you get closer and closer!

In June, this was one powerful waterfall, with the spray being pretty intense. But expect to get at least a little bit wet from the falls…because you can walk behind the falls. There are a few other waterfalls that I’ve been able to do this for, and each time, it’s pretty impressive. I think what was special about Seljalandsfoss was all of the different angles you could view the falls from. You might be able to notice in the picture that a rainbow had formed because of all the spray. I really had a lot of fun exploring Seljalandsfoss. A raincoat definitely helps the experience be even more enjoyable (and it obviously wasn’t raining).


  1. Seljalandsfoss is found off of the southern portion Ring Road.  It is found east of Arborg.
  2. If you are heading east, you will turn left onto Road 249 (Þórsmerkurvegur), and head just a short distance to the parking area for the falls.  It’s pretty hard to miss, as there are signs indicating the road to the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles to get behind the falls!
Height: 200′

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