Why You Should Visit The Seljalandsfoss Waterfall In Iceland


One of my dreams has been to step behind a waterfall and see it from that unique perspective. I was really excited when we finally had that opportunity on a day tour in Iceland while visiting Seljalandsfoss.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

If you are into waterfalls, Iceland is the spot to go. In fact, during all of our tours, while checking out the landscape, we often found many of them spouting right off of a cliff or mountain. This was also the case as we were on the way to this waterfall, and we noticed a lot of smaller ones as we got closer to it.

Little Waterfalls In Iceland

Now, for this adventure, the walking path will start out fairly regularly, but it does circle right behind the waterfall into a cavern which is super cool. We were wearing light jackets, which was a good idea honestly, because most likely you will be in a misty area you get closer to it. Another clothing item I would recommend on this trip would be sturdy shoes (perhaps a good hiking boot) just in case if the path was a bit slippery.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Also to provide you all with a little history on this spot, this waterfall is part of the Seljalandsa River, and actually originates from under the glacier Eyjafjallajokull. Also, you can probably remember that Iceland had a volcano eruption in 2010, and that was beneath this expansive ice cap, and caused a lot of havoc at European airports. It was on the news a lot in the States at the time as well, and it was a pretty big deal.

The water has a 200 foot (60 meter) drop from where the Icelandic coast line once resided. Currently, the ocean is 5.6 miles (9 Km) south of this waterfall, which really puts into perspective how much the landscape has changed since ancient times.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

In popular culture Seljalandfoss was featured on the hit show “The Amazing Race” during the beginning of season 6. Also, the famous singer Justin Bieber used this location in his music video “I’ll Show You.”

Whether you are taking a tour, or using a rental car to see Iceland, this is a must stop location. It is so elegant, magical, and enchanting with a serene natural beauty that will inspire you. Let me know in the comments if you have traveled here before, and also what you thought of it! Remember to click that subscribe button, and have a wonderful day!

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My absolute favorite book that I have found about Iceland is appropriately also called “Iceland” and is written by Jenna Gottlieb. This book is so detailed with the landmarks in Iceland, and it reviews the capital of Reykjavik, the Reykjanes Peninsula and the South, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Westfjords, North Iceland, East Iceland and the Eastfjords, the Highlands, and the Ring Road. It also reviews when the best times are to see the Northern Lights, the best wild-life watching spots, the best day hikes, and various weekend getaway spots. When we personally went, we stayed in Reykjavik, and I absolutely love her super detailed guide of the city. She lists the best accommodation spots, how to get around Reykjavik, shopping areas, dining options, nightlife, sights, sports and recreation, and seriously so much more. I appreciate that she not only details the different areas in Iceland, but she really dives into the history too. There are photos in color as well so you can get the sense of what each part of Iceland looks like. There is so much more information in this book that will help you feel more confident on your travels to Iceland, and it is worth the read!

My Personal Copy Of “Iceland”

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