Seljalandsfoss waterfall drops 60 metres from the river Seljalandsá over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is situated in between Selfoss and Skógafoss and is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland, made famous by the fact that you can walk behind the falls, which is exactly what Egill Ari and I did.

Seljalandsfoss also gained international recognition after it was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6 [my absolutely MOST favorite show, ever!!].

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Along the drive to Seljalandsfoss we came across this scene . (©2010 Adriana Durian Photography)

Egill Ari posed in front of the waterfall just before we walked up and behind it. (©2010 Adriana Durian Photography)

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

View from behind the falls. (©2010 Adriana Durian Photography)

We stopped in at the camping grounds beside the falls. I loved the buildings which were built right into the ground. (©2010 Adriana Durian Photography)

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

This piece of farm equipment was on the grounds of the camping grounds - you can see the falls in the background. (©2010 Adriana Durian Photography)

After we visited the Seljalandsfoss falls and the camping grounds, we came across these beautiful horses. As with most of the animals we ran across during my visit in Iceland, when I got close enough to photograph them, they turned around and hightailed it away in the other direction. (©2010 Adriana Durian Photography)

However, once in a while I did get lucky.... (©2010 Adriana Durian Photography)

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The most photographed waterfall in Iceland is the Gullfoss. The Gullfoss is one of the 3 major natural attractions in Icelands Golden Circle [the other 2 being the Great Geyser and Þingvellir National Park]

The Hvítá River, which flows underneath the Langjökull glacier, is fed by Langjökulls melting ice. Gullfoss, which spans the width of the Hvítá River, falls 32 meters in two stages and it’s water flows 133 kilometers into the Atlantic.

The Gullfoss is so powerful that you may wonder how its possible that it still stands as a natural beauty, as opposed to having corporate interests try to use it for power.

At one time there was thought to using Gullfoss for hydroelectricity, but due to lack of funds and some other issues, the falls were purchased by the government of Iceland and eventually conserved.

There is a second story about the conservation of the falls. It’s said that a landowner was going to sell the property, and his daughter Sigríður Tómasdottir threatened to throw herself into the falls if the land was sold. This prompted her father to back out of the deal and make the falls a reserve. True story or not, while at the falls you can see a memorial commemorating Sigríður Tómasdottir. [I like this story better!!].

[For some perspective on how large the falls are, check out the second photograph and see the guys on the rock formation tonthe left].

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©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

I recently had the fortune to spend 2-weeks in Iceland. A very good friend of mine, Ragnhildur [Ragga] Adalsteinsdottir and her family welcomed me into their homes, and Ragga & her boys took me on a road trip around the country.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some of the images taken during my Icelandic visit. Today, I start with images taken at the Goðafoss Waterfalls.

The Goðafoss  [waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the goði] is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Mývatn district of North-Central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.

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