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Seljalandsfoss

Creep into the extraordinary secret lair behind this cascade to see the ferocious carpet of water from every angle.

Seljalandsfoss is a picturesque waterfall that seems to burst from the peak of a cliff. It stems from the River Seljalandsa and drops 200 feet (60 meters) to the ground. Its landing point was once the ocean, but natural land recovery has shifted the base several miles toward the present coast. Marvel at the tall, slim spout of water that rushes from its summit.

Take exceptional photos, ideally with a waterproof camera, from the cave behind the waterfall. The path that leads around the back of the chute is usually muddy and slippery, so be careful and prepare to get your shoes dirty. Bring a raincoat if you don’t want to get soaked by the spray. Listen to the roar of the water echoing in the cave.

On sunny days, look for rainbows in the spray of the falls. Enjoy a pleasant walk along the grassy fields with wildflowers in bloom in spring. Sit with a picnic in view of the waterfall and listen to its calming flow from afar.

The cliff from which the water shoots was once the coastline of Iceland. Over the years, the country has claimed back miles of earth from the water.

Make sure to visit the nearby waterfall of Gljufrabui, which is partially hidden in a mossy cave-like canyon. Climb up a wooden ladder and peer into the water-filled abyss.

The waterfall is known internationally as a stop of The Amazing Race, a U.S. reality show. Fewer crowds congregate here than at the more famous Skogafoss. Come to Seljalandsfoss for a remarkable experience, given how close you can get.

Seljalandsfoss is just outside Storidalur in southwestern Iceland. It is accessible via the farm of Seljaland between the town of Selfoss and the nearby waterfall of Skogafoss. Drive here and park in the lot a short walk away.

Popular Activities at Seljalandsfoss

There are many wonderful ways to get the most out of Seljalandsfoss. Here is a list of some of the top ones:

For even more activities, check out our Storidalur things to do page.


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Hotel Selja $97
Hotel Selja

Hotel Selja

S250 Dimonavegur, Rangárþing eystra, South Iceland
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Rangárþing eystra, this golf hotel is 4.8 mi (7.8 km) from Seljalandsfoss and within 12 mi (20 km) of Saga Centre and Lava Centre. Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Skogafoss are also within 25 mi (40 km).

    Brú Guesthouse $217
    Brú Guesthouse

    Brú Guesthouse

    861 Hvolsvöllur, Rangárþing eystra
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 6 mi (9.7 km) from Seljalandsfoss and within 12 mi (20 km) of Saga Centre and Lava Centre. Thorsmork Reserve is 22.6 mi (36.4 km) away.

      Stóra Mörk 3 $154
      Stóra Mörk 3

      Stóra Mörk 3

      Stóra Mörk, Rangárþing eystra
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Rangárþing eystra, this guesthouse is 5 mi (8.1 km) from Seljalandsfoss and within 20 mi (32 km) of Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Saga Centre. Skogafoss and Lava Centre are also within 25 mi (40 km).

        Country Hotel Anna $171
        Country Hotel Anna

        Country Hotel Anna

        Moldnupur, 861 Hvolsvollur, Rangárþing eystra
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 4.9 mi (8 km) from Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and within 12 mi (20 km) of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Skogar Museum is 11.1 mi (17.8 km) away.

          Mið-mörk Holiday Home Farm Villa
          Mið-mörk Holiday Home Farm Villa

          Mið-mörk Holiday Home Farm Villa

          Rangárþing eystra, Southern Region
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Rangárþing eystra, this vacation home is 5 mi (8 km) from Seljalandsfoss and within 20 mi (32 km) of Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Saga Centre. Skogafoss and Lava Centre are also within 25 mi (40 km).

            Guesthouse Mid-Mork
            Guesthouse Mid-Mork

            Guesthouse Mid-Mork

            Mið-Mörk, Rangárþing eystra
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Rangárþing eystra, this country house is 5 mi (8 km) from Seljalandsfoss and within 20 mi (32 km) of Eyjafjallajokull and Thorsmork Reserve. Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and Saga Centre are also within 20 mi (32 km).

              Kvíhólmi apartments
              Kvíhólmi apartments

              Kvíhólmi apartments

              Sandhólmavegur, Rangárþing eystra, South Iceland
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Rangárþing eystra, this apartment building is 6.3 mi (10.2 km) from Seljalandsfoss and 8.3 mi (13.4 km) from Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre. Skogafoss and Skogar Museum are also within 16 mi (25 km).

                Skálakot Manor hotel $376
                Skálakot Manor hotel

                Skálakot Manor hotel

                Skálakot, Rangárþing eystra
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 5.4 mi (8.6 km) from Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre and within 12 mi (20 km) of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Skogar Museum is 11.5 mi (18.5 km) away.