Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall in Iceland which is part of the Golden Circle. Seljalandsfoss offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- The footpath behind Seljalandsfoss
- Gljúfrafoss waterfall
- Icelandic horses (on route to Gulfoss)
If you want to would like to stay as close as possible to Seljalandsfoss then I recommend the only hotel at Seljaland, alternatively there’s a campsite nearby too.
Seljalandsfoss falls drop 60 meters and you can see them all the way from the route 1 ring road, they fall from table top mountains. From route 1 you can drive to within 200 meters of the falls and park opposite free of charge. In the car park you’ll find a snack bar selling reasonably priced sandwiches and drinks (for Iceland!). There is a path on the 200 meter walk from the car park to falls with grass either side (or snow on the day I visited), as you head to the viewing platform on this 200 meter walk to the falls you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities.
Maybe you have seen pictures of people stood underneath waterfalls in Iceland? It’s highly likely that they took the photo here at Seljalandsfoss from the path that circles the back of the falls. Be aware that taking the path around the back of the walls, you’ll get wet as there is a lot of spray. If you want that magical shot underneath waterfalls then Seljalandsfoss is the place to make it!
Most people drive to Seljalandsfoss, take their pictures and leave, including me. But around the corner, just a short distance from Seljalandsfoss you’ll find another equally beautiful waterfall called Gljúfrafoss. Although Gljúfrafoss is smaller than Seljalandsfoss, it’s still a 40 meter drop and it’s in between cliffs which make it unique. To get to Gljúfrafoss walk to the left of Seljalandsfoss falls and follow the footpath.
The route from Seljalandsfoss to Gulfoss does not go through Selfoss but it’s not a huge detour. Selfoss is a decent sized town and you’ll find gas stations, fast food restaurants such as KFC and Dominoes (if you are craving), Icelandic restaurants, hotels and gas stations.
On the route to Gulfoss you’ll see Icelandic horses at the side of the road and you can stop and take pictures. Most likely there’ll be other tourists there taking pictures too. If you want to see Icelandic horses and take Icelandic horses photos for your Instagram page, the road to Gulfoss waterfalls is the place to see them. If you want to explore Iceland on horseback there is a Horse Farm on the way to Gulfoss which offers horse riding tours.