Seljalandsfoss Waterfall + Hidden Gljufrafoss Falls

Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall in Iceland which is part of the famous Golden Circle.  Things to do at Seljalandsfoss waterfall include;

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Hike Behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Gljufrafoss waterfall
  • Justin Bieber at Seljalandsfoss
  • Selfoss (on route to Gullfoss)
  • Icelandic horses (on route to Gullfoss)

If you want to would like to stay as close as possible to Seljalandsfoss then I recommend the only hotel at Seljaland.  Alternatively you can go camping at the adjacent campsite.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - Icelandic Beauty

Seljalandsfoss Falls drop 60 meters and you can see them from as far away as the Route 1 ring road.  In addition, they fall from picturesque table top mountains.  It’s a 200 meter walk from the car park to the falls with grass either side (or snow on the day I visited).  As you head to the viewing platform on this path you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities.  One shot which stood out as particularly beautiful was with the river as a leading line up to the waterfall.  Finally, I expect sunrise, sunset and Northern Lights photography to be fantastic here.

Seljalandsfoss Parking

There is complimentary parking 200 meters from Seljalandsfoss Falls.  In the car park you’ll find a snack bar selling reasonably priced sandwiches and drinks.  When I say reasonably priced, I mean reasonably priced by Icelandic standards!


Hike Behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Hike Behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Icelandic Beauty

Maybe you have seen pictures of people stood underneath waterfalls in Iceland?  It’s highly likely that they took the photo here at Seljalandsfoss.  In fact, there’s a path that circles around the back of the falls.  Be aware that taking the path around the back of the walls, you’ll get wet as there’s a lot of spray.  If you want that magical shot underneath waterfalls in Iceland then Seljalandsfoss is the place to make it!  Most importantly, take some kind of camera cover as well as camera wipes.

Gljufrafoss Waterfall

Gljufrafoss Waterfall - Icelandic Beauty

Most people drive to Seljalandsfoss, take their pictures and leave, but around the corner is the hidden Gljufrafoss waterfall.  In fact, it’s a very short hike from Seljalandsfoss.  Although Gljufrafoss is smaller than Seljalandsfoss, it’s still a mighty 40 meter drop and it’s in between cliffs, as a result it’s an exciting Iceland Instagram spot.

Gljufrafoss Hike

To get to Gljúfrafoss, walk to the left of Seljalandsfoss falls and follow the footpath.  Here is the exact Gljufrafoss location.

Justin Bieber at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Are there any Justin Bieber fans reading? Beliebers?  Justin Bieber made a music video at Seljalandsfoss.  Even if you don’t like Justin Bieber I would recommend watching the video before going as it shows some good angles to view the falls from.

Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Skogafoss Waterfall is a 30 minute drive east of Seljalandsfoss and therefore a must when in the area.  These falls are arguably as beautiful as Seljalandsfoss.  Read about my Skogafoss Waterfall experience on my travel blog.

Seljalandsfoss to Gullfoss – Selfoss

Selfoss Iceland

The route from Seljalandsfoss to Gullfoss does not go through Selfoss but it’s worth making the short detour.  Selfoss is a decent sized town and you’ll find fast food restaurants such as KFC and Dominoes, Icelandic restaurants, hotels as well as gas stations and picturesque landmarks.

Seljalandsfoss to Gullfoss – Icelandic Horses

Icelandic Horses

On the route to Gullfoss you’ll see Icelandic horses at the side of the road therefore 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 from Seljalandsfoss to Gulfoss waterfalls is the place to see them.  If you want to ride an Icelandic Horse, there are several horse riding tours close to the capital, Reykjavik.


How to get from Seljalandsfoss to Gullfoss

The journey from Seljalandsfoss to Gullfoss waterfall takes around 90 minutes.  It will take a little longer if you stop to photograph any Icelandic horses on route.  In addition, it’s worth taking a detour to Selfoss to eat if nothing else.  Enjoy this beautiful Icelandic road trip!

Gullfoss to Geysir

2018-12-31T13:22:43+00:00March 31st, 2017|Iceland, Northern Europe|25 Comments


  1. CJ Haughey April 2, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

    If it’s good enough for Bieber, it’s good enough for me!
    Well, that’s probably what my girlfriend would say. Cheers for the heads-up on getting wet, I’ll remember to bring a jacket!

  2. Paulina April 2, 2017 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Oh wow those pictures are gorgeous! Iceland climbs higher and higher on my bucket list. I would love to hike to that waterfall. it is just so impressive

  3. Norm April 2, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I knew Iceland is supposed to be pretty but you showed a whole new side of it. It looks lovely and I would love a “behind the waterfall” picture but I think it will be slippery and cold too!

  4. Ana April 2, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

    It is my dream to be able to visit Iceland someday. I pray that in the future my boyfriend and I can see the Seljalandsfoss falls. It is amazing to see and I can imagine fairies playing around the waterfalls. Would love to have a photo taken from there as well.

  5. Mel April 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I want to go to Iceland so badly! And now I want to see Seljalandsfoss. How funny that Justin Bieber made a video there. Will keep this in mind in case we make it there.

  6. Marlies April 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Wow, these names are pretty hard to pronounce I guess. I love it when a waterfall does not take a day of hiking to explore the beauty of it. It must be pretty cold if you get wet taking a picture there.

  7. Sandy N Vyjay April 2, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Iceland is a veritable wonderland with its diverse landscapes. Waterfalls are something we really love and they never fail to enthrall us. We find something soothing in their thunderous roar as they cascade down.You have given a fresh perspective of Iceland and this is definitely going to help us when we get there.

  8. Mandy April 3, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a great road trip. I am dreaming to visit Iceland and hoping to do it very soon. The falls is absolutely stunning and I would love to take some time there to enjoy the view and ambiance while taking photos.

  9. Danijela April 4, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos, as always! The waterfall looks great, just like one of those astonishing nature’s gifts that leaves you stunned and speechless. The name of it, though, is a mouthful, had to go back few times to try to read it again. Even thought that you’ve misspelled! 😀 Thanks!

  10. Joan April 4, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I watched the music video. Seljalandsfoss looks pristine, so green, and peaceful. I wonder how many people live in that place. Iceland has the best landscapes!

  11. Laura April 4, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Seeing this post wants me to go back.. We skipped Gullfoss & Seljalandsfoss and went to Geysir instead! We already had our fair share of waterfalls during our road trip, so we didn’t do this one. We did see all the other big waterfalls during our ring road trip though, so we’ll keep these to in mind for a future visit!

  12. Sabrina April 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I still have to visit Iceland, but it’s on top of my list for this year once I get back to Europe! Thank you so much for sharing such an informative post. Plus your pics and video are INCREDIBLE!!!!

  13. Swati April 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Picturesque Iceland. You are making plan a visit soon. The video is superb too ….

  14. Swati April 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Picturesque Iceland. You are making me plan a visit soon. The video is superb too ….Hopefully the weather will be good in September

  15. Nisha April 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    The first photo itself stole my heart! Pure gorgeous! Looks like I’ll have to put Iceland higher on my bucket list. It is my dream to be able to visit Iceland someday. I would love to hike to that waterfall as well.

  16. Gina April 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Iceland is definitely on my bucket list! Do you recommend staying for a week?

  17. Nati April 13, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Another amazing spot to visit! I have never been to Iceland, but it looks fascinating!

  18. Denni April 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    So beautiful and magical! I’m having a bit of envy right now , I have Iceland on my bucket list for a long while now

  19. sophie April 15, 2017 at 4:09 am - Reply

    This place is actually amazing! I would love to spend atleast 10 days of my life there! More than a heaven I would say! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  20. Elizabeth O April 19, 2017 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I’ve always found Iceland to be such a fascinating country with special places to visit. Your photos make me want to go ASAP…. on my list of places to visit.

  21. Olivia October 11, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Very interesting travel blog and you’ve presented Iceland so well! I’m heading there to do a similar road trip next year.

  22. Jermaine November 17, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

    You are such a great blogger and I like all your articles and your pictures are so inspiring! Keep traveling and showing us such beautiful places!

    • James Smith November 23, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Thanks Jermaine, I’m happy you like my pics!

  23. Maya November 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am really enjoying your blog and I am finding it really informative. I am coming to Iceland with my 2 children a friend for 2 weeks at the end of July, we are thinking of using the youth hostels around the country as they seem good value, are we better booking the hostels and car hire through the international hostel site or booking each hostel, the car hire separately. We are really excited about visiting Iceland as it looks an amazing place.

    • James Smith November 23, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Hi Maya, I think it will be cheaper using airbnb as 2 children and 2 adults in a hostel would be more expensive!

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