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Seljalandsfoss waterfall is located between Seljalandsmúli and Hamragarðar. Turn off the main road at Seljalandsmúli and drive about one kilometre to the waterfall.

Access to the waterfall is very good. There is plenty of car parking, and footpaths in the surrounding area. Nearby is a good campsite at Hamragarðar.


About the place:
Seljalandsfoss in the Seljalandsá river cascades 62 metres off the cliff edge. Upstream the river flows through Tröllagil (Troll Gorge) to Tröllagilsmýri (Troll Gorge Marsh), a lovely hollow with flourishing vegetation, before tumbling down over a series of waterfalls, and finally off the cliff edge at Seljalandsfoss.

In addition to the main cascade at Seljalandsfoss, smaller streams tumble off the cliff at its western side. Seljalandsfoss stands in a lovely location, surrounded by cliffs and green slopes. It is a landmark visible from far away as a white streak against the dark cliff face.  A footpath leads behind the waterfall (don’t forget your raincoat!).

Nineteenth-century Romantic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson wrote many poems which have become classics of Icelandic literature, among them Dalvísa (Valley Poem), which is generally believed to refer to the Hamragarðar area.

From the poem Dalvísa (Valley Poem) by Jónas Hallgrímsson

Chasm-dweller, ancient falls,
My gully in the rocks’ close walls!
Torrent of white, my blessèd pass,
Chasm-dweller, adorned with grass!
Friendship we have known together,
Friends we shall remain for ever;
Chasm-dweller, ancient falls,
My gully in the rocks’ close walls!

Translation Bernard Scudder

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