Map of the Seljalandsfoss Area
Seljalandsfoss in Winter
In winter the area around Seljalandsfoss looks nothing short of a winter wonderland. The icicles hang from the cliffs and the frozen ground around the falls is covered with snow and ice. The scenery looks amazing and the waterfall is photogenic, to say the least.
But winter around Seljalandsfoss also has its faults, the icing on the paths and around can be hazardous and it is important to be on the lookout while exploring the area on foot. Wear good sturdy shoes, preferably with spikes, this is necessary for a safe visit!
If the path behind the waterfall gets too icy and slippery it will be closed. Please respect the closure and don’t try to go past the fence, it is put up for your own safety!
In winter the waterfall is lit up with two enormous light beams and the visual is spectacular. It is truly worth a drive past and could be the perfect add-on to a night of Northern Lights hunting.
Hotels and Accommodation near Seljalandsfoss
There are quite a few locations you can stay at near Seljalandsfoss but to cut the counting at someplace we will narrow our choices down to about 30 km.
- Stóra-Mörk 3
- Hotel Fljótshlíð
- Hotel Selja
- Brú Guesthouse
- Mið Mörk
- Hellishólar Guesthouse
- Hlíðarból Farm Guesthouse
- Guesthouse Húsið
- Dalsel Farm Guesthouse
- Ásólfsskáli Cottage
Camping at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
There are so many different ways to stay the night near Seljalandsfoss but during summertime, camping is an excellent choice of accommodation. The camping ground is called Hamragarðar and is only about 2 minutes away from Seljalandsfoss itself, right in front of Gljúfrabúi waterfall.
It is well equipped with stoves, counters for food preparations, dishwashing stations, tables, laundry rooms, bathrooms, showers, a small information center where you can buy some snacks.
Please note that wild camping is forbidden along the entire South Coast. Campers of all types are obligated to use the designated campsites.
GPS N63 37.240 W19 59.362.
Parking at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
In the year 2017 parking fees were introduced at Seljalandsfoss as costs of maintaining the property were piling up with no source of income to pay for the repairments.
Many don’t know this but Seljaland is actually the name of the farm which the waterfall’s land belongs to and the farmer lead the committee that made the final decision.
Together with the landowners and the local municipal authority now charge for the parking to raise money for the maintenance of the facilities on-site, walking paths, public restrooms, etc.
The fee is 800 ISK and the ticket is valid for the whole day.
TV Shows & Music Videos Filmed at Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss has played a starring role in music videos and tv shows as the waterfall’s setting and uniqueness shines out in any clip. Here are examples of filming at Seljalandsfoss.
- The Amazing Race 6 (2004) in the American TV series the first leg brought contestants from Chicago to Iceland where they memorably visited Seljalandsfoss, Vatnajokull, Jökulsárlón and the Blue Lagoon.
- Justin Bieber – I’ll Show You (2015) In the video Justin is seen standing on a small ledge in front of the waterfall that gushes down from the high cliff into a pool of water.
- Gerua – Shah Rukh Khan (2015) In the video the two main characters are seen dancing and embracing behind the waterfall.
Other Waterfalls Near Seljalandsfoss
- Nauthúsagil waterfall
Interesting Places near Seljalandsfoss
FAQs about Seljalandsfoss
How far is Seljalandsfoss from Reykjavik?
From Reykjavik to Seljalandsfoss, it’s around 128 km, which should take you less than 2 hours in a car.
Can you walk behind Seljalandsfoss?
In summer, yes! Prepare to get wet and bring your rain gear!
Is the path behind Seljalandsfoss closed during winter?
Most likely, yes. When the temperature of the air falls below the freezing point, the path gets very slippery and giant icicles can fall onto the path. In these unsafe conditions, the path leading behind the cascade will be closed. Expect the path to be closed any time between late October and late April.