Visiting Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland: What to Expect + Review

Note to my fellow wanderers: This guide was written from my first-hand experiences. I try my best not to over-glamorize any location I travel to because I want HappyWander’s content to be as authentic as possible. My goal is to provide you real information so that you can have the best possible adventures wandering the world. Enjoy!

Perhaps one of the top 3 most famous waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss is a must visit destination in Southern Iceland. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland offers a unique and breathtaking experience, allowing visitors to walk behind its cascading waters for a one-of-a-kind perspective. This stunning natural wonder, surrounded by lush landscapes, provides perfect opportunities for photography and unforgettable memories. In this mini guide, I’ll review everything you need to know about visiting Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.

Essentials For Visiting Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland

In this section I highlight everything you need to know about visiting Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.

Why Is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Popular?

Why visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall? Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is popular due to its unique feature that allows visitors to walk behind the waterfall, offering an extraordinary perspective and immersive experience. Its stunning 60-meter cascade, easily accessible location near the Ring Road, and picturesque surroundings make it a must-visit attraction in Iceland. The combination of beauty, social media fame, and how close it is to the airport and Reykjavik make Seljalandsfoss waterfall one of the most popular destinations in Iceland.

When is the Best Time to Visit?

You can visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall anytime of the year. In winter, the waterfall will not freeze, however, the path behind the waterfall can get rather icy, causing tit to be closed to visitors. I visited in May, which was a great time to visit. However, it was quite cold and rainy the day I visited. If you visit further into the summer, you can expect greener moss surrounding the waterfall, which definitely, in my opinion, adds to its beauty. 

What Clothing Should I Wear?

I would recommend wearing layers, with your outer layer being waterproof. You can expect to get very wet when walking around Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, especially on a windy day (still, it’s totally worth walking around). I’d also recommend waterproof hiking shoes with good traction, as the metal stairs and rocks on the side and behind the waterfall are quite wet and slippery. 

Where to Park?

Parking for Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is in the same lot as Gljúfrabúi Waterfall, which is located at: J284+7FP, 861 Stóridalur, Iceland

The actual parking lot is spacious and easy to find a spot. Unless it’s extremely busy, you can expect to find a spot here.

Cost to Visit

The cost to visit is 800 ISK, or around $6 USD per car. The first machine I tried was not working, but there are several other machines scattered around the parking lot to pay.

How Long Do I Need Here?

The answer to this question is quite subjective, but I spent around 1 hour between Gljúfrabúi Waterfall and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and that was plenty of time.

How Close is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall to Gljúfrabúi Waterfall?

Separated by about 800 meters (or 1/2 mile), Gljúfrabúi Waterfall is located in the same area as Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. In total, you expect to walk approximately 1.2 miles roundtrip to get back to the parking lot, which is much closer to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.

How Far is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall from Reykjavik?

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is less than a 2 hour drive from downtown Reykjavik (approximately 128 kilometers), making Gljúfrabúi and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls some of the most popular stops for tourists in all of Iceland.

My Experience at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

In this section, I will review my experience visiting Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and what you can expect.

Driving to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is very close to Route 1, allowing you to see it from the road.  When I first saw the waterfall, I got quite excited.

Parking Lot

As mentioned above, parking at Gljúfrabúi and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls is seamless. It’s a very large lot. There are several machines to pay for parking scattered along the parking lot, so it’s a good idea to take a picture of your license plate before you walk over to the machine to pay 800 ISK.

Gljúfrabúi and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls Parking Lot

Walk to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

The walk from the parking lot to Seljalandsfoss waterfall is super close, it will take you less than 5 minutes. As you may be able to see, there was quite a few people walking closely together towards the waterfall:

As you get closer, you’ll climb a few set of metal stairs, which are quite busy with tourists (and also quite slippery, so be careful).

After walking up some metal steps, you’ll need to climb down some rocks before you get to the mostly flat path behind the waterfall:

Walking Behind Seljalandsfoss

So what’s it like walking behind Seljalandsfoss? It’s a pretty amazing experience! You’ll definitely get wet, but you won’t care when you experience the power and beauty that is Seljalandsfoss.

I saw another solo traveler and asked her if she could take a photo of me behind the waterfall. She did a great job!

Standing Behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland

As you walk behind the waterfall, you’ll see quite a few spots you could get epic photos at:

Is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Worth Visiting?

Personally, I thought Seljalandsfoss waterfall was a must see destination. What’s awesome about this 197 foot waterfall is that you can walk entirely behind it as the trail comes out the other side. 

Some of the major selling points of Seljalandsfoss waterfall for me were:

  • Walking Behind: This was the first waterfall in Iceland I was able to walk behind, which definitely made it a unique experience.
  • World Famous: If you spend any amount of time on Instagram or TikTok, you’ve probably seen Seljalandsfoss waterfall. I always thought that this was one incredible waterfall, and it certainly was in real-life.
  • Great Pictures: If you can navigate around the many tourists, there are some great photo opportunities here. I personally like much less crowded spots so that I can use my camera stand for shots, but a kind tourist will be more than happy to take your photo for one in return.

Here are some of the things I didn’t love:

  • Paid Parking: This is not uncommon in Iceland, unfortunately. Most scenic spots require paying for parking.
  • Very Busy: This was one of the busiest places I visited in Iceland due to the closer proximity to the airport and Reykjavik.  You can expect a high amount of tourists here.

Overall Score

So is visiting Seljalandsfoss Waterfall worth it? Absolutely! This mini adventure (combined with Gljúfrabúi waterfall) only takes you an hour or so to scratch off your list, so why not check it off your list?

I give this adventure an 8.5 / 10.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Thank you for joining me on my adventure at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall! I hope you found this information helpful for planning your Iceland itinerary. Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a must-see on your trip to Iceland, and because of its convenience, its VERY easy to check this one off your list.

Happy wandering!

Anthony Bart
Author: Anthony Bart

Hello! Welcome to HappyWanders! My name is Anthony, I'm on a mission to live a life full of adventure and to help you to do the same. As an ex-corporate worker and current entrepreneur, I've been working to design a life with more time for adventure and less time for the 9-5 grind. If you're ready for an adventure, you're my type of person!

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