It’s been said a picture is worth a thousand words. If so these Google photo tours of some of the most breathtaking icelandic waterfalls must be worth volumes of well written text. I’ll let you be the judge of that.
The Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a very popular tourist attraction in the south of Iceland. It’s one of the few waterfalls in Iceland you can actually walk behind. It’s an experience I highly recommend. Beware though of the path, it’s rough and the moisture can make the rocks and mud slippery to cross.
Seljalandsfoss drops 60 meters (200ft) and there are decent facilities there for travellers.
There’s an old legent stating that the first viking settler in the area buried his treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. Please don’t try to redeam it.
At the eastern side of Skógarfoss there lies a trail upp to the Fimmvörðuháls pass which lies between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It’s leads to Þórsmörk which is a remarkable place to see.
It’s written that in the year 999 or 1000 after the lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the offical religion in Iceland he thrue his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall, hence the name.
In english the name Gullfoss means the golden waterfall and it’s well deserved.
Written by: S.Fjalar