One of the greatest attractions in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is located on the South Coast of Iceland with an impressive 60 m (196 ft) drop over rocky cliffs. Take a path around the cascade to stand behind Seljalandsfoss as it thunders into the pool below. A visit to the waterfall is a guaranteed mind-blowing experience and the power of the pounding cascade will live forever in your memory. The falls are easily reached from Reykjavik via the Ring Road.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall sits on the river Seljalandsá, which originates in Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. The glacier covers the namesake volcano that erupted in 2010 and caused the largest air traffic halt since World War II.

The falls drop from cliffs that once marked the coastline of Iceland. Today you can see the sea from across the site. The sight is simply astounding. No wonder Seljalandsfoss attracts creatives from across the world.

  •  Justin Bieber’s music video “I’ll Show You” was filmed near the cascade.
  •  The waterfall was also featured in the TV series “The Amazing Race 6.”
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall from behind

There are no entrance fees or opening hours to Seljalandsfoss. Visit the falls whenever you want and in any season! 

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Map

How to Get There

Seljalandsfoss is located about a 2-hour drive from Reykjavik. When driving from Reykjavik to Seljalandsfoss, take the Ring Road (Route 1) and continue on the road until you see a turn onto Road 249. Take the turn and soon you’ll reach your destination. 

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall GPS Coordinates: 3°36′57″N, 19°59′34″W

Alternatively, join our guided South Coast Iceland Day Tour where an expert guide will take you to Seljalandsfoss and other popular attractions nearby.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Travel Tips

Parking at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss parking lots

Onsite you’ll find the designated Seljalandsfoss Waterfall parking lot. Please note that you’ll need to pay a parking fee, which is used to raise money for the site maintenance. The parking fee costs 800 ISK and will last you the whole day.

What to Bring on Your Trip to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Woman in jacket near Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • If you’re planning to walk behind the waterfall, make sure to bring waterproof clothing. There is a huge amount of spray coming from the falls!
  • In winter, the base of the waterfall might be covered in ice, so we recommend bringing ice spikes for your safety and comfort. 
  • The extra warm layer will certainly come in handy as the weather gets colder the closer you get to the falls. 
  • We’re sure you won’t forget your camera! But we also suggest taking a waterproof cover for your phone/camera as it might get wet behind the waterfall.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Winter

Selhalandsfoss Waterfall at night

That’s right, you certainly can visit Seljalandsfoss in winter. During the cold season, the waterfall is a true delight for photographers. The surrounding cliffs are covered in a fresh blanket of snow and icicles hang here and there.

What if it gets too dark? No worries. During the nights, the falls are illuminated by two massive floodlights, which make the site even more fun to explore.

Seljalandsfoss is also a great site to spy the Northern Lights. If you’re lucky, you’ll capture stunning shots with the tumbling falls and magical aurora in the backdrop.

Please Note: In winter, the path behind the waterfall might be closed if it gets too icy and slippery. Be cautious and avoid unnecessary risks!

Popular Attractions Near Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Gljufrabui Waterfall bottom view
  • Gljúfrabúi Waterfall is a hidden waterfall near Seljalandsfoss that you can reach via Road 249. Look for a sign saying Paradisarhellir, which will lead you to the small canyon where you’ll see Gljúfrabúi.
  • Skógafoss Waterfall, located about a half-hour drive east of Seljalandsfoss, is one of Iceland’s largest cascades that you simply can’t miss out on.
  • Thorsmork (Þórsmörk), also known as the Valley of Thor, is a nature reserve located between two glaciers and filled with forests. The road to Seljalandsfoss (Road 249) will also take you to Thorsmork.
  • Solheimajokull Glacier, located about a 40-minute drive east of Seljalandsfoss, is a favorite spot for glacier hikes. Explore the beautiful waterfall and walk on a glacier on our Solheimajokull Glacier Hike & South Coast Tour.

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