Seljalandsfoss

is famous for being the waterfall you can walk behind.

This feature gives Seljalandsfoss a great photography advantage. Viewing a waterfall from 360 degrees gives you infinite composition possibilities.

From the road it can look uninviting, but being up close or behind the falls is never boring.


Getting there…

Seljalandsfoss frozen

Seljalandsfoss frozen

Seljalandsfoss never sees the sun in the Mid-Winter months. The constant spray and freezing temperatures can make the surrounding area look like a crystal palace. This can also make the area extremely dangerous as the path behind the falls becomes a skating rink. Recently, they have been discouraging access behind the falls after weekly accidents. Winter nights feature 2 spotlights which light the falls. This makes it a poor choice for night or aurora photography.

Seljalandsfoss Stairs

Seljalandsfoss Stairs


There can be good light in the evenings. In the Summer, the sun sets in the North Western sky, it is possible to capture incredible sunsets from behind the falls.
Seljalandsfoss Summer sun

Seljalandsfoss Summer sun


Seljalandsfoss rain

Seljalandsfoss rain

Photo tips

Seljalandsfoss is very wet. This makes it a challenge to capture with big landscape lenses. This is because they have large elements and get wet very quickly. Forget square filters if you are getting close.

Although you might have been hoping for a big colourful evening sky, the waterfall works well in rainy conditions. Successful photography is a matter of protecting your camera, lens and self from the spray. A clear plastic bag works well if you are able to compose and focus through the plastic. Then lift the plastic off the lens to take the shot. Eventually your lens will become wet. Take paper towel to soak surplus water and a dry cloth to polish. Start with filters on and work to filters off. Have an assistant help to protect and dry your lens.

Experiment with S (Tv) mode. This waterfall looks good with around 1/20 sec exposure. This sort of speed is good for mono-pod.


Seljalandsfoss Rainy vertical

Seljalandsfoss Rainy vertical

Photo tours that visit Seljalandsfoss

Two day South Coast & Jökulsarlon

This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour includes Jökulsarlon and the South coast – with chance for Auroras on the glacier lagoon and sunrise on the ice beach.

Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

Five day Beautiful South

This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity.

South Coast Tour

Our South coast photo tour is a popular adventure for photographers. Diverse and exciting features make the South Coast Tour a high quality photo tour.

Sightseeing tours that visit Seljalandsfoss

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