Seljalandfoss and Gljúfrabúi Waterfalls

Iceland is full of beautiful waterfalls. Located in caves, mighty, surrounded by basalt columns or possibility to visit from the inside; all of which provide a unique experience for the traveler who can enjoy each of these peculiar waterfalls.

There is an abundance of beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. They can be found everywhere. Guarding the entrance to a cave, flowing in between towering basalt columns and sometimes even flowing through lava fields. Each one has its own story to tell, providing a unique experience to its visitors.

Seljalandfoss waterfall iceland

Today we would like to point you in the direction of two of our favourites waterfalls: Seljalandfoss and  Gljúfrabúi


Seljalandfoss is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, so in all likelihood you have seen a picture of it somewhere before. What makes Seljalandfoss so special is that you can walk around it. Descending from a height of 60 metres into a pool that is encircled by a footpath gives one the opportunity to view the world from behind its crystal clear waters.


Located 30 kilometres west from Skógar, Seljalandfoss can be easily reached via the Ring Road. It is clearly signposted as you drive through the town of Selfoss. In the vicinity you can find various other must-see natural wonders. Glaciers, black sand beaches as well as other waterfalls are all a short drive away.


The cliff that the waterfall flows over was once part of the coastline of Iceland. The escarpment seems to wind its way throughout Southern Iceland, and may well include the cliff over which the majestic Skogarfoss waterfall flows over, slightly further to the East.


Hidden treasure just a few steps away from the famous, and crowded, Seljalandsfoss. Of the vast number of impressive waterfalls Iceland has to offer Gljúfrabúi is a very special one. Even if you might get wet try to get into the canyon and look up.

A short distance from Seljalandfoss lies one of the Iceland´s hidden treasures – Gljúfrabúi. This 40 metre high waterfall has to be among the most special in Iceland, and as you can imagine that is no mean feat! The only problem is you might get a little wet trying to see it…


Gljúfrabúi owes its mystique not only to the deep chasm it falls into but the large boulder that obstructs its view, making only the top of it visible from the ground. The boulder is called Franskanef and legend has it that it is inhabited by Huldufolk – the hidden folk. It is possible to climb Franskanef and see the waterfall from above. There is a chain to help you with your ascent, but care must be taken and it certainly isn´t for everyone.

Alternatively one can wade the river in the canyon at the base of the waterfall and view the waterfall from there. Depending on the time of year the rocks can be quite slippery, so do go carefully.

Whichever way you choose this hidden waterfall is well worth the effort and a photo opportunity not to be missed! Gljúfrabúi is a protected natural monument and is now owned by the municipality of Rangárþing eystra.

Travel Guide Iceland – Jón & Jón

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