Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir
Drive from hotel
Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s best known waterfalls. The falls plunge over a cliff, thundering into a pool far below. But one of the most unique things about this waterfall is the fact that visitors can walk behind the cascade. Stand behind the powerful waterfall and experience the impressive power of the river Seljalandsá. Seljalandsfoss is located about 30 km (18 miles) west of Skógar and 27 km (17 miles) east of Hotel Rangá. You can access the falls just off the main ring road. It is also worth visiting the waterfall Gljúfrabúi located just minutes from Seljalandsfoss. A path leads visitors to this small but lovely waterfall. It is important to note that you must walk along the stream into a small cave to see Gljúfrabúi so waterproof shoes are a must. This hidden waterfall is located in a cave with a ceiling open to the sky.
FAQ about Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi Waterfalls
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Yes, there is a walking trail behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It is a good idea to wear a water resistant outer layer as there is quite a bit of spray from the waterfall. In the winter, the path can be quite icy so crampons might be helpful.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is located on the south coast of Iceland. The waterfall can be seen from road 1. It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive from Hotel Rangá to Seljalandsfoss.
Yes, there is a marked trail between Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to walk between the two waterfalls.
Distances from Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi Waterfalls
It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive from Hotel Rangá to Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
It takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive from Reykjavík to Seljalandsfoss.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from Skógafoss to Seljalandsfoss waterfall.