Other than glaciers, volcanoes and lava fields, the next most frequently-seen landmark in Iceland during our visit to Iceland were the waterfalls.
I harbour this love of waterfalls, rapids and cascades. Maybe it is because we come from an urban landscape and the only waterfalls we see here are all man-made ones. Maybe it is because I like the turbulence and energy of a waterfall. Or maybe it is just pure romantic to gaze at a waterfall with a loved one. Whatever it is, our trip to Iceland brings us to at least 6 waterfalls, namely Gulfoss, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Systrafoss, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. And that’s a lot to cover during an 8D7N tour!
Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall that you can walk behind
Seljalandsfoss, though not as majestic as Gulfoss nor as famous as the Niagara Falls, has a life and soul of its own that differentiates it from the rest of the waterfalls. Its unique feature lies in the beautiful viewing point from behind the waterfall – one that is hidden from view from its frontal view.
One very slippery road which is closed on inclement weather leads us to a small cave behind the waterfall where we could watch the turbulent waters tumble from the cliff overhead. Believe me when I say: you will get wet. Very wet. The mist from the waterfall permeates the entire cave leaving us dripping and wishing that we had brought a poncho with us.
To the credit of the guys who are managing this area, there are little railings or man-made fixtures installed that would mar the natural beauty of the waterfall. However, this also means that extra precaution had to be taken while walking along the edge of the cliff.
Those little roads are water-soaked and slippery and many times I had to cling on to Tommy for support and security, for fear of falling down the cliff to my premature death in a foreign land. One little slip or accident here could end up with grave (literally!) results. It also goes to show why a good pair of waterproof trekking boots is not a luxury, but a critical necessity for comfort and safety.
Seljalandsfoss may look like a tiny steam of water from these pictures, but I can assure you that the volume of water plummeting over the cliff face is enormous.
Seljalandsfoss’s slightly taller brother Skogafoss is only a short 5-10 mins drive away and is worth a quick look if you are passing that way.