I have always dreamt of a fairy tale scene of walking behind a waterfall. It is one of those scenes that remind me of Disney movies. There are a few places that I did visit in India where I had come close to walking and standing behind a waterfall, but visiting Seljalandsfoss took the experience to the next level. The experience of standing behind a huge waterfall was surreal.
For other beautiful photographic opportunities in Iceland, refer my post Iceland, a traveler’s paradise.
Seljalandfoss is a very popular waterfalls in the Southern part of Iceland. It is one of the natural wonders in Iceland and the waterfalls is around 65 meters high and is part of Selijalands River. As I mentioned before, one can walk behind the waterfalls, which is pretty cool. And it is breathtakingly beautiful.
Seljalandfoss is the Icelandic name and means “selling the land of waterfalls”.
There is a short hike from the parking spot to the place that stands behind the waterfalls. It takes around 15 minutes of climb and some of the parts are very slippery. Ensure to wear good sturdy shoes.
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Seljalandsfoss is about 130 kilometers from the capital city Reykjavik. The waterfalls is accessible either by car or as part of a day tour. The road trip takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to drive.
Day tour details
I visited the waterfalls as part of a day tour that I took from Reykjavik.
- Tour Name: Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day trip.
- Booking provider: Viator.
- Tour provider: Bustravel Iceland.
- Cost: AUD 113 per person including the pickup and drop from the hostel in Reykjavik.
The trip was very well organised. The driver was friendly and the places that were planned as part of the itinerary. It was a great day and I did have a great time even though it was raining the whole time.
Safety for solo female travellers
The trip was very safe for solo female travellers. Iceland, in general is a very safe country. I had a great time when I was in Iceland and I travelled solo. I did not have any issues or concerns while traveling in Iceland.
However, like any other place in the World, be cautious and know your surroundings especially at nights.
Seljalandsfoss is definitely one of the most beautiful places I visited in Iceland. The waterfalls is extremely pretty, especially when the Sun is out. Unfortunately, when I visited it was gloomy and raining. But it was still amazing.