A Guide to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Iceland is a country famed for its outdoors and natural beauty. And there's nothing more impressive in nature than cliffs and waterfalls.

There are no official records, but it's said that Iceland is home to around 10,000 waterfalls. Each one is a joy to behold. But there is one that stands out above the rest: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.

Recently, it became one of the most sought-after natural wonders in the world. People come here from across the globe. They come to admire the 60-meter drop, peaceful atmosphere, and the surrounding landscape.

But if you want to make the most out of your trip, there are a few things to know before you get here.

So, continue reading to find out!

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

How to Get To Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is located in the southern region of Iceland, less than a two-hour drive from the capital, Reykjavik.

Your adventure begins on the journey. As you're driving through Route 1, you can take in the picture-perfect countryside. Once you turn off the coastal road and onto F249, the mountains will be within touching distance.

This is one of the best and most sustainable road trips you can take in Europe. So make the most of it by driving in comfort!

Seljalandsfoss in winter

When to Visit

No matter what time of the year you visit, the area will leave you speechless! But depending on your likes and preferences, you might want to decide when you want to visit.

The high season for tourists in Iceland is from June to August. The region has average high temperatures of 57°F and sees 20 hours of daylight daily.

The low season is from October to April. The nights are long and have an average temperature of only 32°F.

On the plus side, the landscape is covered under a blanket of snow. And you have a real chance to see the Northern Lights!

But no matter what time of the year you visit, mornings and weekdays will always have the smallest crowds.

What to Pack

You need to pack certain items to get the most out of the trip, but more importantly, for your safety. And since safety should always be your number one priority on a trip, we'll start here.

Whether it's the summer or the winter, it is always slippery here. So the most important thing to bring is comfortable hiking shoes with good grip. And you should try to stick to the assigned paths, especially in the winter.

To make your trip more enjoyable, wear as many waterproof clothes as possible, even if it's sunny. The unpredictable weather can turn from the sun to showers in a flash. At the very least, bring a rain poncho and warm clothes.

There is a small cafe in the parking lot, but it's a good idea to bring some snacks for the car journey and if you're hiking.

When You're Here

Right away, you'll notice that this is one of the best sites in all of Iceland. And you might be tempted to gaze up at the waterfall for the day, but there is so much more to see and do here.

There are plenty of hikes in the area. But the loop around the waterfall is suitable for everyone. It only takes 15 minutes, and visitors can witness the views and sounds of the water crashing to the surface.

You photographers might never come home. The area is a haven for snapping professional photos or posting on your Instagram page. There is no secret spot to take a photo; everywhere you stand is picture-worthy.

To complete your journey, you should continue along Route 1 to the charming village of Vik. Enjoy the evening at a top-class restaurant before heading back to any of the cozy hotels here. And in the morning, head to the Black Sand Beach to watch the sunrise!

Seljalandsfoss in summer

Take a Road Trip to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

A road trip to the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is something to tick off your bucket list. And now you know how to get here and what to do while you're here.

So, all that's left for you to do is book a car with us at Blue Car Rental and start planning the journey of a lifetime!

If you like to read about other waterfalls in Iceland, please check out our blogs about Natural Wonders and for planning the perfect road trip in Iceland we also recommend seeing some under practical information as well. 






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